2017 State Fair Superstars the Gasoline Gypsies May 2018
2017 State Fair Superstars the Gasoline Gypsies have teamed up with members of the Michigan State Fair Choir to record a beautiful new version of the Gypsies song, Robin Redbreast, also including Jason Charboneau on cello. Robin Redbreast is the official State Fair Superstar song for 2018, which all finalists will perform at the Fair on Labor Day Weekend.
3 Chord Bourbon June 2018
The annual Monday MegaJam, a celebration of Michigan songwriters, has an exciting new presenting partner, Three Chord Bourbon, a new bourbon produced in Michigan, and just launched in June statewide. Three Chord is a collaborative effort led by multiple Grammy Award winning musician, producer and film composer Neil Giraldo. Giraldo has worked with some of the greatest artists in popular music, including Pat Benatar, John Waite, Rick Derringer, Kenny Loggins and many more.
1849 Michigan State Fairgrounds Cornerstone to find new home at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi August 2017
On Friday, September 1, at 9:00 am, a treasured relic from the original Michigan State Fair will
find a new resting place, and be celebrated by the Michigan Agricultural Community with a breakfast and reception, to welcome it to a new home at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, as part of the new 175,000 square foot facility expansion now under construction. This celebration will also incorporate placing a new cornerstone for the expansion project. The massive, 7-foot wide, 3-foot tall State Fair cornerstone, featuring a blue marble ribbon flowing across the surface, was created in 1849 for the Administration Building at the Michigan State Fairgrounds at Eight Mile and Woodward Ave. The welcoming reception takes place during the second day of the 2017 Michigan State Fair, presented by Ram Truck.
Michigan State Fair welcomes new Circus presenting sponsor Flagstar Bank September 2017
The 2017 Shrine Circus, presented by Flagstar Bank at the Michigan State Fair, will include many talented performers from multi-generational circus families, plus horses, big cats, high wire acts, the famous Shrine Clowns and much more fun for the whole family!
Michigan State Fair, L.L.C. announces Ram Truck brand as new presenting sponsor September 2017
The Michigan State Fair, LLC, now in its fifth year at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, is proud to welcome new presenting sponsor the Ram Truck brand. “Our working partnership with Ram Trucks has evolved quickly over the past couple of years,” says Executive Director Steve Masters, “They have shown tremendous support and enthusiasm for the agricultural traditions of Michigan that we celebrate each year, and the Ram Truck Test Drive Experience has proven to be a very popular element of the event for our patrons.
Michigan State Fair recognized by statewide organizations for contributions to community! March 2017
As the 5th annual reimagined Michigan State Fair, LLC, approaches, held Labor Day Weekend
at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, a broad spectrum of community organizations have
offered thanks and special recognition for the role of the Fair in supporting and celebrating Michigan Agriculture, products and youth initiatives across the state.
The 2016 State Fair! October 2016
Fair skies and perfect weather helped boost attendance for the 2016 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, which posted significant gains in attendance, with more than 151,000 folks enjoying the expansive fairgrounds at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The 35% overall increase in attendance was bolstered by much larger crowds each day of the four day event, as thousands of Michigan families enjoyed the larger Arnold Amusements Midway, presented by Chrysler Pacifica, along with the Ram Truck Test Drive Experience, Honda ATV Test Track, plus larger Shrine Circus, that all spread across the acreage adjacent to the Suburban Collection Showplace. Inside the show hall, livestock, home arts and agriculture exhibit participation also expanded for the 2016 Michigan State Fair, LLC.
Congratulations, 2016 State Fair Superstar Semi-Finalists! August 2016
The second annual State Fair Superstar Contest anchors live musical entertainment at the
State Fair in 2016, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola! This wildly popular feature of the Fair debuted in 2014 with more than 70 entrants, with the Grand Prize awarded to Alison Albrecht, 14, of Novi. The Superstar contest offers a purely Michigan mentoring twist on the standard pop music talent contest formula, with production of a three song EP at world famous Pearl Sound Studios of Canton, with internationally renowned sound engineer and producer Chuck Alkazian, plus songwriting advice plus artist and repertoire coaching from award-winning artist/producer Nadir Omowale, live performance booking consultation from 2 Stones Events, and in addition to a cash prize and Indie Music Business Coaching from Music Mentor Jill Jack and her new enterprise, Dream Big, Inc. Fifteen semi-finalists, representing a broad range of musical genres and styles will perform on the Main Stage Thursday evening September 1, and Friday evening September 2. Five finalists will perform for the judges on Saturday September 3, with the Grand Prize Winner and Runner-Up headlining the State Fair on Sunday evening September 4.
Friday, September 2 is STAND UP TO CANCER DAY at the Michigan State Fair! Fifth Third Bank to donate $1.00 to SU2C for each guest on Friday! August 2016
Fifth Third Bank is donating $1 for each person in attendance on Friday September 2nd, to Stand Up To Cancer. Each person will also have the opportunity to double that donation by simply taking out their mobile phone, use any social media platform to post the #How I Fight hashtag, and share how they personally fight cancer in their life …it’s that simple. For more information about Stand Up to Cancer, please visit www.StandUptoCancer.org
Second Annual Michigan State Fair Parade August 2016
The Second Annual Michigan State Fair Parade is scheduled for Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM, rain or shine. The Detroit Shriners have partnered with the Michigan State Fair for this family fun event; approximately 300 Shriners with their Parade Units will be in attendance! Area residents, businesses, street performers, and community groups are invited to join the fun as the State Fair celebrates Michigan Agriculture, Communities, and Businesses--- and the final holiday weekend of the summer!
First Annual Reader’s Roundup at the Michigan State Fair! August 2016
The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, September 1-5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, celebrates Michigan’s literary traditions with a special appearance Thursday September 1 by popular young adult book author Jonathon Rand, creator of the Michigan Chillers and American Chillers mystery book series, presented by Chrysler Pacifica and the Novi Public Library! It’s a grand kick off to a weekend long “Reader’s Round-Up” featuring a broad slate of talented Michigan authors that will be visiting the State Fair to meet readers of all ages and sign books for their fans.
A collaboration between the Oakland County Fair, Oakland Co. Farm Bureau and Michigan State Fair, L.L.C. will bring a delightful new addition to the popular “Endless Cup Of Chocolate Milk” feature, sponsored by Guernsey Farms Dairy, at the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, Thursday September 1 through Monday September 5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Buttercup the cow is an educational tool allowing children and adults alike to learn how to
milk a cow, then patrons may pay $1.00 for a wristband that allows endless chocolate milk refills all day long! She also talks and provides fun cow facts to the audience!
Michigan State Fair and ITC launch new Junior Fair Advisory Council August 2016
The next generation of Michigan’s agricultural leaders is an impressive group of individuals! The
Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair and ITC Holdings, Inc., are proud to provide a platform for them to collaborate and share wisdom, experiences and resources, across our great state.
Michigan State Fair Youth Council Mission Statement: The Michigan State Fair Youth council shall pilot the mission to bridge the gap between the rural and urban agriculture. The members of the MSFYC shall act as ambassadors of the Michigan State Fair agriculture to fellow exhibitors, their peers, the public, and young agriculturalists around the state to offer a youth perspective to ensure that the Michigan State fair remains relevant and connected to youth.
“TILT-A-SWIRL” LIMITED EDITION MICHIGAN STATE FAIR ICE CREAM IN STORES NOW! August 2016
No Michigan Summer would be complete without Ice Cream! Guernsey Farms Dairy of Northville is proud to conspire with the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair to create the official Ice Cream of the Michigan State Fair, Tilt-A-Swirl! Decadent white chocolate ice cream, swirled with Michigan raspberry ripples and punctuated by chunks of Mackinac Island Fudge---Tilt-A-Swirl is the ultimate Michigan summer treat!
2nd Annual Senior Citizens’ Program at the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair July 2016
The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, along with Oakland County Parks and Recreation
and media sponsor the Oakland Press, are proud to offer a very special day honoring the elders of our great state. The second annual Michigan State Fair Senior Citizens’ Program will be Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi, Michigan. The Senior Citizens’ Program recognizes and celebrates all of our grand Michigan traditions, including those established at the original Michigan State Fair, one of the nation’s oldest Fair events. There will also be a special award ceremony, honoring the distinguished Michigan Honored Senior Citizen of the Year.
Expanded 2015 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Michigan’s #1 Family Event! August, 2015
The newly expanded fairgrounds at the Suburban Collection Showplace, home of the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, will be open for big family fun Friday, September 4th through Monday, September 7 at 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi, welcoming several large new outdoor attractions including two new Horse Show arenas, expanded Arnold Amusements Carnival Midway, Ram Truck Test Drive Experience, the World Famous Shrine Circus returns with Tarzan Zerbini leading an all star cast including the Flying Wallendas -‐-‐plus an interactive display of off-‐road and ATV vehicles from American Honda.
MICHIGAN MUSIC MEGA JAM RETURNS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 1-4 PM July 2016
The second annual Monday Michigan Mega Jam, presented by the Metro Times, will joyfully honor the state's diverse musical legacy--with a multi-genre All-Star Revue. Featuring shining Michigan starsThornetta Davis, Jill Jack, Sean Blackman, Brandon Calhoon, Steffanie Christi'an, Yorg Kerasiotis, Caleb Gutierrez, Tosha Owens, plus 2014 Michigan State Fair Superstar Alison Albrecht and 2015 State Fair Superstar Carly Bins, and hosted by artist/producer Nadir Omowale, this phenomenal array of vocalists will be backed by the powerhouse roots and blues band Saint CecIlia (Brett Lucas, James Simonson, and Todd Glass) with special guest keyboardist Chris Codish of the Brothers Groove, and it’s all anchored by DJ Psycho of the Detroit Techno Militia!
The Accidentals --final performers of 2016 Michigan State Fair! July 2016
Michigan’s own breakout folk darlings, the Accidentals, one of Michigan’s hottest breakout indie
bands, of Traverse City and Northville, released the catchiest sing-a-long Michigan song of summer earlier this year…”Michigan and Again” from their new Parking Lot EP. At the same moment, the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Superstar talent contest was on the hunt for the perfect “Michigancentric” song to add to the repertoire of the contest finalists, performing at the Fair, September 1-5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. So, it was fate! The magical “Michigan and Again” will be the common song performed by all the contest finalists for the judges panel during the State Fair …and, the Accidentals will swing by to close out the Fair with a live performance on the main stage, Monday, September 5 at 4:00 PM, following the magnificent Michigan All Star multi-artist Mega Jam, 1-3:30 pm. Current Fair schedule, Superstar contest entry information and advance tickets on sale now at www.MichiganStateFairLLC.com. “Michigan and again is a great addition to the soundtrack of any Michigan summer,” says State Executive Fair Director Steve Masters, “The Accidentals are spreading their great love of our state across the nation on tour right now, we are so delighted to be able to welcome them home for this special performance to close out the 2016 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair.”
Fire Up The Grills! Barbeque Boot Camp to debut at Michigan State Fair July 2016
The Michigan Backyard Barbeque is a time-honored and revered family tradition in our state, so
the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair is elevating the art of the grill to the level of recognition it so well deserves...proudly announcing the debut of Barbeque Boot Camp, as the 2016 State Fair adds an additional day of fun September 1-5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi.
Michigan Blood joins the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair for second year to host blood drives July 2016
Michigan Blood is partnering with the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair for a second time to host a series of blood drives to boost the blood supply. The drives will run from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 4 and from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, in Novi. Every person who attempts to give blood will receive a $10 Kroger gift card donated by Kroger. The Fair is also providing free parking and general admission to all who attempt to donate. Blood drive organizers hope for 50 participants each day to double last year’s impact. Nearly 240 lives were touched by donations collected last year. Donations will help Michigan Blood maintain a safe and adequate blood supply during a high need holiday weekend.
Michigan State Fair adds Little Free Library prize program for Detroit Urban Gardens July 2016
The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, September 1-5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, celebrates Michigan’s literary traditions with a special appearance Thursday September 1 by popular young adult book author Jonathon Rand, creator of the Michigan Chillers and American Chillers mystery book series, presented by Chrysler Pacifica! It’s a grand kick off to a weekend long “Reader’s Round-Up” featuring a broad slate of talented Michigan authors that will be visiting the State Fair to meet readers of all ages and sign books for their fans. The State Fair will also be hosting an exhibit of Little Free Libraries decorated by local artists that will be installed at Urban gardens in Detroit this fall, stocked with books and aimed at fostering a love of reading for Michigan residents of all ages in the city.
MICHIGAN STATE FAIR
2022 Celebrating 10 Years!
– The 10th Annual Michigan State Fair returns this weekend September 1st – 5th in Novi, Michigan at the Suburban Collection Showplace. To celebrate the tenth-year milestone of this restored Michigan tradition, the State Fair will be giving the first 100 families through the doors each day a commemorative Tote bag.
It is not too late to get your tickets and be one of the families to help celebrate our great state at the 10th Annual Michigan State Fair. Here is a list of how you can get the best deals on Michigan State Fair tickets AND give back to the community while doing so…
2021 Charity Preview Kickoff
The Michigan State Fair presented by Ram Trucks will be kicked off on Wednesday night with a private invite only Charity Sneak Peek where children currently undergoing treatment at local Shriners Hospitals for Children and many other charitable organizations are invited for a special access night of fun before the fair officially opens on Thursday.
2021 Entertainment Features
World Record Holder Dana Kunze’s High Diving Pirates of the Caribbean High Dive Show is returning to the Michigan State Fair over Labor Day Weekend at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Dana Kunze has been a professional High Diver since the age of 13 and was trained by a fellow World Record Holder, John Tobler. At the age of 16, Dana became the youngest professional diver in the world to dive off of the Famed Cliffs of Acapulco. The dive was featured on ABC Television’s Wide World of Sports and started a decade of appearances on sports programming.
2021 Michigan State Fair
As we emerge on the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Michigan State Fair presented by Ram Trucks is looking forward to commencing in person and celebrating Michigan’s agriculture, traditions, and community on the original dates of September 2nd – 6th 2021! Michiganders, more than ever, need an opportunity to stimulate the economy and local businesses, enjoy a fun filled day with family and friends, and come together to celebrate the great State of Michigan.
As we emerge on the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Michigan State Fair presented by Ram Trucks is looking forward to commencing in person and celebrating Michigan’s agriculture, traditions, and community on the original dates of September 2nd – 6th 2021!
2020 State Showcase
In the midst of a global pandemic where countless cancelled events have eliminated normal opportunities for Michigan youth to demonstrate their skill, mastery and hard work, two state organizations have teamed up to ensure youth across the state can still showcase their accomplishments and projects.
Transition to Virtual Platform
The 2020 Michigan State Fair presented by Ram Trucks, originally scheduled to be held on September 3rd though 7th, will now be transitioning to a virtual platform. The virtual fair will be a free online event campaign that will include hourly social media posts consisting of interactive contests and activities, live demonstrations and performances, historical and educational features, and much more!