The Eastern Michigan State Fair begins August 7th and you won’t want to miss it. Since the closing of the State fair, this fair in Imlay City has become more of a regional fair and is drawing people from the wider Detroit Metro area. The Eastern Michigan State Fair manager Ian Kempf managed to acquire some of the old State fair landmark pieces when they were sold this year, including the huge bull that used to grace the old State fairgrounds on Eight Mile Road. It has been re-painted and will be proudly displayed in its new home on the Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds.
The Eastern Michigan State Fair is a pay one price fair. Admission is $15 a person and that includes parking, unlimited amusement rides, circus shows and grandstand events. On Wednesday August 8, admission is only $10 until 2 pm and Thursday is seniors day, with admission only $10 for seniors until 4 pm.
The fair hosts the 4-H and FFA youth shows and there are lots of smiling, proud kids with farm animals, sewing, cooking, gardening and other projects. You can watch horse shows and the judging of sheep, goats hogs, cattle and even chickens and rabbits.
Events at the fair which are all free with admission include a Tractor pull on Tuesday, Aug 7th, Figure 8 race and concert on Wednesday August 8 , Superman motocross on August 9 Autocross bump and run on August 10 and Demolition Derby on August 11. All these events are in the evening, beginning about 7 pm.
The circus is at the fair with shows held daily featuring large cats and elephants. Circus admission is included with your fair admission. You can also see live alligators and other reptiles in the alligator encounter exhibit. There is an extensive selection of carnival rides for adults and children and you can ride all day for the price of your admission.
On Thursday, August 9, there is also the 4-H Livestock auction, where you could purchase a prizewinning steer, lamb, or hog. With the price of meat going up this could mean a bargain for you and a chance to help a 4-H youngster earn some cash for college. The livestock auction begins at noon.
The Lapeer Master Gardener Association will once again host a large educational exhibition at the fair featuring fun activities for children, including an earth tunnel that children of all ages can walk through, beautiful plant displays and garden information. You can stroll through the exhibit for garden ideas and talk to Master Gardeners. It’s a good place to sit and cool off a bit as you visit the fairgrounds.
There is a large silent auction to benefit Lapeer Master Gardener projects featuring handmade goods, trees and perennial plants, gift baskets, art, service and restaurant gift certificates and much more. You can place a bid on any of the items at any time and you don’t need to be present to win. The silent auction is set up inside the Master Gardener building.
Of course one of the great things about a fair is the food and there are plenty of delicious food stands throughout the fairground with items to satisfy any appetite. And there is a large vendors building full of exciting bargains, free samples and information of all kinds.
The Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds are easy to get to, they are only a mile north of I69 right on M53 (Van Dyke). There is plenty of parking, and when that fills on some evenings there is a free shuttle from nearby overflow parking areas. The fairgrounds have paved handicap accessible paths throughout. It’s a clean, safe area where you can relax and have fun.
If you haven’t been to a fair this summer its time to do it. Come out to the Eastern Michigan State Fair, August 7-11, 2012 and enjoy a fun day.
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