Oakland County Fair 2015

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The 2015 Oakland County 4-H Fair runs from July 3-12 at the Springfield Oaks County Park fairgrounds in Davisburg, located at 12451 Andersonville Road. Along with the traditional 4-H displays and activities, you can enjoy many family friendly activities, such as pig racing, a lumberjack show, a performing circus, hands on petting zoo and much more. Some of the popular nightly grandstand events include the Night of Destruction (demo derby), a rodeo, monster trucks and fireworks. In the tradition of the original Michigan State Fair, the Oakland County Fair will be offering a bottomless cup of chocolate milk for fifty cents. (Unlimited refills are free only with the original cup). Continue reading

The Best Treat for your Dog! A Trip to an Oakland County Dog Park!

A dog park is the the perfect place to get your dog some exercise and let your pup socialize with his or her own kind. It’s a great place for people to socialize too. After all, everyone who’s at the dog park has something in common: the love of dogs! Oakland County Parks offers three dogs parks for you and your pooch to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Show your dog some love and head to an Oakland County Dog Park today!

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Gettin’ Ready for Wild Summer Nights at the Zoo

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Wild Summer Nights
concerts return to the Detroit Zoo on Wednesday nights during July and August. Concerts take place in the Zoo’s Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring a blanket and sit back and enjoy a variety of local bands playing a wide selection of musical styles. Food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from Zoo concessions.

The rest of the Zoo remains open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays during the concert series. For those who prefer to walk around in the early evening, you might just see what some of the animals do after closing hours! Continue reading

OAKLAND COUNTY PARKS: A Ticket to Summer Fun

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

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“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” John Lubbock’s words enrich the days of summer as the Oakland County Parks, encompassing nearly 7,000 acres, bustle with nature-rich fun. Experienced adventurers and first-time visitors have opportunities to explore 70 miles of trails that meander through glacially sculpted landscapes of hills, lakes and meadows. Some trails are flat and paved, perfect for baby strollers or grandparents with walkers. Others embrace rough, hilly terrain that gets the heart pounding, strengthens leg muscles and sets the mind to dreaming of the Appalachian Trail. Of course, there are also equestrian friendly trails, bike trails and trails where one can walk in near solitude early in the day. Continue reading

Vintage Historic Base Ball in Oakland County

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Royal Oak Wahoo’s

The first recorded Base Ball game in Michigan took place in Birmingham in 1857, between the teams of Bloomfield and Troy (in a field near what is now the corner of Old Woodward and Hamilton) according to an April 1897 Detroit Free Press article. The game started at noon, and the teams played until one team scored 100 runs.

The game of baseball has been enjoyed by millions since, as both players and fans. While the rules of the game have changed over time, the game is still basically the same one that has been played for over 150 years in Oakland County and America.

Locally, three teams play by the rules of the day (the day being the mid-1800’s). Continue reading