The Michigan State Fair brought over 100,000 people together at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi over Labor Day weekend. The annual event attracted people from all across the state for an exciting day full of fun for the whole family.
Attendees enjoyed a variety of thrilling Midway rides like the Orbiter and the Zipper while there was also a more relaxing Ferris wheel for everyone to enjoy. Food options were numerous with options varying from a Farmer’s Market to Elephant Ear stands. Musical acts delighted audiences throughout every day of the event.
Farmers from all over flocked to the event to proudly display their cows, sheep and other livestock to the eager attendees. Cows featured prominently throughout the fair as there was an exhibit in which people got to experience milking a cow and in return, they received an endless supply of chocolate milk for the day. The famous Michigan Butter Cow was back on display this year, where hundreds of pounds of butter were carved into a giant cow with a calf on her back.
Other highlights included a pumpkin carving contests in which contestants took giant pumpkins and shaped them into beautiful works of art. There were other contests where pumpkins were judged by size alone as contestants battled it out for who had the largest fruit. The winning pumpkin came in at a whopping 1298 pounds!
All kinds of contests from a timed pie eating race to an Oreo stacking game made for a day full of laughter and memories as people of all ages engaged in a bit of friendly competition. Youth scholarships were also handed out for a number of different categories including: Animal/Livestock, Home Arts and Agriculture, Urban Farming Youth, and more. Be sure to mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend next year and head down to the Michigan State Fair!
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Wilder Side of Oakland County
“Wherever I go, I see little bits of nature, little bits of animal behavior. And nobody else is watching…” Those are the words of iconic conservationist Jane Goodall in her 2018 interview titled, “Living with Chimps” that appears in the BBC publication, Science Focus. I had just finished reading the text of her interview last Friday about her controversial career and how her observations transformed the way we see our primate cousins. It was then time to head off to Springfield Oaks County Park for the grand opening of the 2018 Oakland County Fair. Jane Goodall was not on my mind nor was wildlife observation, but sometimes things change quickly.
Springfield Oaks County Park is not where folks generally go to embrace the wilds of nature or seek solitude. Springfield Oaks bustles with popular crowd oriented activities. The Oakland County Parks website makes no mention of passive nature exploration at their 333-acre multi-use park, but quite correctly boasts of the crowd-attracting venues:
“Springfield Oaks is home of the historic Ellis Barn and annual Oakland County Fair, which draws 100,000+ visitors annually to the 10-day event. The 1884 Ellis Barn is 14,000-square-feet and features an indoor riding arena, 11 box stalls, mechanical exercise ring and cavernous second floor for hay and straw. The barn was donated by former major league baseball players Kirk Gibson and Tim Birtsas and moved from its original located on Dixie Highway to Springfield Oaks in 2005. Today, the barn is used to host weddings and special events like the Ellis Barn Dance and the Michigan Antique Festival. The park also offers a multipurpose room for banquets, reunions and seminars as well as exhibit hall space. The grounds include two outdoor arenas.”
Warmer weather means it’s time to enjoy the many outdoor art fairs that showcase the beauty of Oakland County. These art fairs display the work of local artists, so attend and support your local painters, sculptors, and craftspeople! You won’t want to miss SummerFest Food, Arts, and Fun in Auburn Hills, or Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak, and Milford Memories to name a few.
Whether you’re lover of mosaics, colorful statuettes, striking paintings, or pencil drawings, you’ll definitely find beauty at any one of the outdoor arts fairs across the county. Use our master list below to find fairs that are happening June through October:
Summer may be winding to a close and school may be returning, but Labor Day festivities are ramping up! This weekend, people throughout Oakland County will enjoy a welcome break to celebrate America’s workforce and the American Labor Movement.
Whether you celebrate with a backyard barbecue, or the annual Paint Creek Bridge Walk and Run, Oakland County is full of Labor Day activities. Be sure to check out our list for the full roster of Labor Day Weekend events.
For those seeking fresh air, a visit to an Oakland County Campground or participation in the Milford Labor Day 30K are guaranteed to excite. Are you artistically inclined? Art festivals like Royal Oak’s Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival may be for you. If knights and castles are your thing, make sure to stop by the Michigan Renaissance Festival, which will be open in Holly throughout Labor Day Weekend. And for those in search of cotton candy, funnel cakes, and amusement park attractions, the Michigan State Fair in Novi is the place to be.
If these events sound exciting, be sure to check our full list of Labor Day Weekend festivities so that you don’t miss a beat!
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Excitement soars as the 2017 Oakland County Fair prepares for its grand opening at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg. The fair, which opens July 7th and runs through July 16th, is presented by Oakland County Parks and features a wide range of 4-H events, musical acts, and amusement park thrills.
Wristbands and tickets are available online and at the gate. Tickets grant visitors access to all areas of the fair: from the roller coasters to the racing pigs.