History of the Michigan State Fair

August 4, 2007

State Fair, 1974

State Fair, 1974, photo courtesy Archives of Michigan

The Image of the Month for August 2007 from the Archives of Michigan:

In this 1974 photo, six year-old Jennifer Weise tugs on a Holstein cow’s ear. The animal was one of 8,000 displayed at the Michigan State Fair that year.

Michigan’s first State Fair was held in Detroit in 1849. The Michigan Agricultural Society sponsored and organized the event. The fair moved to Ann Arbor in 1850 and then back to Detroit from 1851-1862. From 1863-1904, it rotated amongst different Michigan cities.

Read the rest of the history of the Michigan State Fairs (there’s also a UP fair) and click for the official sites for the Michigan State Fair (Wednesday, August 22nd through Labor Day, September 3rd, 2007) and the Upper Peninsula State Fair (held August 13th – 19, 2007).

One Response to “History of the Michigan State Fair”

  1. jenni acker Says:

    I am looking for information on the 1967 detroit state fair. My dad is turning 60 and we are trying to get info for his birthday, he won the battle of the bands at the fair with count and the colony, they made a record and opened for diana ross and the supremes there. How do i get archives from then?


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