The 2011 Upper Peninsula State Fair is in full swing today. Over the next week, thousands of people will walk through the gates of the fairgrounds to enjoy an event that has become a tradition for many in Delta County and the U.P.
This is the second year the U.P. State Fair will be operated under the U.P. State Fair Authority, which contains representatives from all 15 U.P. counties and the Hannahville Indian Community. Even thought the word "state" remains in the title, the state no longer has anything to do with the operation of the U.P. State Fair. Indeed, if left up to the state of Michigan, there would be no U.P. State Fair. It should be remembered that the state of Michigan wanted out of the fair business and was ready to close down the U.P. State Fair for good (a fate that claimed the Michigan State Fair in Detroit).
If it was not for the local efforts to preserved the U.P. State Fair, it would not exist today. Those involved continue to deserve our thanks and gratitude for saving an Upper Peninsula tradition. Because of them, the U.P. State Fair is the only state fair in Michigan.
The U.P. State Fair needs our continued support to be a part of our tradition for years to come. Take the time to attend this year's fair. The price of admission entitles fairgoers to a wealth of fun and entertainment. Included in the ticket price is admission to the fair's grandstand entertainment. This year, national musical acts like the Charlie Daniels Band, Warrant and many others are available free with the price of admission. That's quite a deal.
There's also plenty of free entertainment on the midway such as the Fantazia Circus, K9s in Flight, Great lakes Timber Show, and others too numerous to mention.
The fair also has the usual great carnival rides provided by Skerbeck Bros., good food, and plenty of exhibits. The list goes on. There's plenty to see and something for everyone.
Take the time this week to stop in the U.P. State Fair. You'll be supporting a U.P. tradition and you'll have a ton of fun, too.
See you at the fair.