Kroger ZERO Hunger

June 2018

The Michigan State Fair, along with partners Kroger and Ram Trucks, are joining forces under the auspices of the “Zero Hunger, Zero Waste” initiative recently announced by Kroger at the national level.

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.

MSF Ambassador Program sponsored by Flagstar Bank

May 2018

The State Fair is also launching a new Agriculture Ambassador program, funded by Flagstar Bank, aimed at expanding the reach and influence of its youth council.

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.  

2018 Drone Show

July 2018

The Great Lakes Drone Company will be flying more than two dozen aircraft after dusk over the fairgrounds Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with a multi colored light show

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.

Suburban Collection Showplace Expansion now under construction!

Suburban Collection Showplace Expansion now under construction, will add 175,000+/- additional square feet to event venue!

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.

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