Nation’s oldest state fair going on now in Detroit

Whether you are a fan of the tilt-a-whirl, the elephant ears, the corn dogs, or the Carnies, there’s something for everybody at the Michigan State Fair, which opened yesterday and runs through August 21.

Located on Woodward Avenue, just south of 8 Mile Road, the Michigan State Fair is filled with everything from rides to petting zoos to pig calling and more. Milk a cow, watch a parade, or win a teddy bear for your sweetheart.

This year’s event is extra special because it is the 100th year that the fair has been held in Detroit at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. The 135-acre site was “purchased” from J.L. Hudson in 1905 for $1 by the Michigan State Agricultural Society, whose members wanted to give the fair a permanent home.

Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $4 for children age 2-11 years old. Kids 2 and under are free.

Some big names, such as Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, ZZ Top, and Detroit’s own Alice Cooper, will be performing at this year’s event.

Visit this page on the State of Michigan’s website for more information on the fair.

2 Comments so far

  1. Bobby (aka UrbanTiki) (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 8:20 am

    I have to admit that I’ve never been.
    I also have to admit, now that I’m a photo junkie, that I really want to go this year.

  2. WanderingMonkey (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 9:19 am

    I want to go this weekend. and Boyz II Men? I feel like i’m in junior high again.

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