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).

Please note that no live poultry will be on display this year, due to a state mandate warning of avian influenza.

Oakland County Fair Schedule of Events

Friday July 3 
Carnival 1 pm – 11 pm
Grandstand Events:
8 pm TJ Craven&Grant Reiff Concerts – Free
10 pm  Fireworks- Free

Saturday July 4
Carnival  12 pm – 11 pm
Grandstand Event:
7 pm Oakland County Fair Battle in the Bull Ring

Sunday July 5
Carnival 12 pm – 11 pm
Grandstand Events:
11:00 am Meet Me at the Fair Gathering- The River – Free
6:00 pm Figure 8 Races – Fee

Monday July 6
Carnival 1 pm – 11 pm
Grandstand Event:
7:00 pm Off Road Derby – Fee

Tuesday July 7
Carnival 1 pm – 11 pm
Grandstand Event:
7:00 pm Superkicker Rodeo – Fee

Wednesday July 8
Carnival 1 pm – 11 pm
Grandstand Event:
7:00 pm Superkicker Rodeo – Fee

Thursday July 9
Carnival 1 pm – 11 pm
Grandstand Event:
7:00 pm Night of Destruction – Fee

Friday July 10
Carnival 1 pm – 11 pm
Grandstand Event:
7:00 pm Championship Figure 8 Races – Fee

Saturday July 11
Carnival 12 pm – 11 pm
Grandstand Event :
7:00 pm Monster Trucks – Fee

Sunday July 12
Carnival 12 pm – 7 pm
Grandstand Event:
10 -4 pm Family Safety Day – Free

For a complete list of daily events please visit the Oakland County Fair website.

Pricing Information

Fair Admissions:
$10 Per Vehicle (includes Fair Admission for all passengers)
$5 Walk-Ins
$5 Motorcycle (includes Fair Admission for all passengers)

Grandstand Events:
Adults: $10.00
Kids Ages 6 – 14: $5
Kids 5 and Under: Free

Carnival Armband pricing varies by date. Visit the fair website for each day’s price.

Check out our slideshow for a glimpse of what you might see at the fair:

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!

The concerts are free with Zoo admission.
Parking is $6 per car for non-members and free to Zoological Society Members.
If you have questions, please call (248) 541-5717 and press 9.

2015 Wild Summer Nights Concert Schedule

July 1 – The Sun Messengers (R&B)
July 8 –  iHeartradio Artist TBA
July 15 – Starfarm (80’s pop)
July 22 – Michigan Opera Theatre (Opera)
July 29 – Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers (music for children)
August 5 – Taylor Taylor (jazz-pop)
August 12 – The Verve Pipe (music for children)
August 19 – DSO Children’s Choir (Childrens Chours)
August 26 – Candy Band (music for children)

Here is a short video from the summer of 2009 with the Candy Band, who will be performing on August 26th.

See you there!

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