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Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Aug. 29 - Sept. 1

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NOVI, Mich. (WJBK) - The Michigan State Fair has found a new home at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi! Now produced as a private enterprise, and with Fifth Third Bank as proud presenting sponsor for the second year, the Fair continues to honor all of the great traditions and legacy of the treasured State Fair, but with a 21st century twist. The State Fair, which welcomed 80,000 folks in 2013, will expand by 20 acres westward along I-96 this year, features the famous agriculture, tourism and products of the great state of Michigan, in the clean, modern environs of the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave, between Novi and Beck Roads, 248.348.5600,

Featured 2014 Fair Attractions include:
The Detroit Shrine Circus, presented by Bright House Networks, returns for 2014 with three of the world’s largest circus tents! Featuring the world famous Flying Wallendas high wire act, featuring Rietta and Lyric Wallenda. The majestic and stunning equine steeds also return with the Zoppee-Zamperla Riders!  Plus, visitors will be awestruck by the Wheel of Thrills featuring Joseph Dominic Bauer. The Shrine Circus features lions, horses, and a host of thrilling circus acts for the delight of the whole family. Visit the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair and be amazed by the world famous Detroit Shrine Circus!

Fairgoers will also enjoy an expanded Arnold Amusements Midway of super fun rides, The 2014 Midway will feature a giant Ferris Wheel and popular Freak Out ride, plus many other fun and popular family rides such as the Tilt-a-Whirl, Groovy Bus and Shock Drop, along with giant slides, bumper cars and much more! There is also a special area of the Fairgrounds equipped with rides just for the little ones, Tiny Totville offers parents a place for their toddlers to play, with rides and playscapes just for them!

Another exciting new addition to the State Fair for 2014 is the Kroger Michigan-Made Pavilion, which offers exhibits and sampling for a broad array of food, beverage and other products manufactured within the state.  “Kroger is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Michigan-Made Pavilion at the Michigan State Fair,” says  Jayne Homco, President of The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “The Fair is one of our state’s greatest traditions and we look forward to providing Fair goers a taste of many high quality Michigan-Made products at the Pavilion.”

There is also a delicious new Guernsey Dairy and Sanders Candy collaboration being churned up for the State Fair!  Two iconic Michigan companies, Guernsey Farms Dairy and Sanders Candy, have entered into a sweet new partnership which will debut at the State Fair, with Guernsey now slated to produce Sanders ice cream, bringing back some of Sanders’ most popular flavors-- using original recipes dating as far back as the early 1920s-- as well as collaborating on developing new flavors together. Guernsey Dairy will also again offer Endless Chocolate Milk, where fairgoers are able to try their hand at milking Darla the (virtual) cow, and receive a half pint which can be replaced as many times as they wish during their time at the Fair!

Meet 4-H at the State Fair! 4-H Clubs and youth members from counties all across Southeast Michigan will offer a fun new children’s activity area at the State Fair, with a take-home craft project and a chance to learn about the wide spectrum of 4-H club activities available to local youngsters.

The time -honored Michigan State Fair agricultural and livestock exhibits return, including the Beginning of Life, with baby farm animals, the always popular Butter Cow sculpting, presented by CF Burger Creamery, and also many fun horse and pony breed demonstrations!
Expanded Home Arts exhibits; contests and activities are also included in the 2014 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair! The King Arthur Baking Contest returns for 2014, along with a new Soup Contest, plus spinning and weaving demonstrations and more fun and interesting crafts and projects for all to enjoy. The Michigan State Fair will also debut its new Farm Favorites Cookbook at the Fair, available for purchase at $15, it is a three ring binder style with more than 250 recipes that will be updated annually with additional new recipes from Michigan cooks and chefs.

Live family entertainment for the 2014 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair features fun and lively music from a full slate of Michigan singer-songwriters on Friday evening, all sharing Michigan roots! Headliners include The Sugarees with local legend Billy Brandt, plus Jason Denny and John Holkeboer, Don Duprie and Jennifer Westwood with Dylan Dunbar.

The new Michigan State Fair Superstar talent competition will showcase 12 local acts on Friday and Saturday afternoons, with the Grand Prize Winner performing as Headliner on the main stage Sunday August 31, the Runner Up will provide an opening set for the Grand Prize Winner.  The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a $2000 cash prize, plus songwriting coaching, Artist and Repertoire song selection and publishing consultation from multiple Detroit Music Award Winner for Outstanding Songwriter, Nadir Omowale, vocal performance coaching from Wayne State University Instructor Gordon Finlay, both members of the Masters of Music Learning Conservatory in Royal Oak. The winner will also benefit from live performance booking consultation from 2 Stones Events of Brighton, practice studio time at Studio B in Novi, and finally, studio production consultation and direction from internationally renowned producer Chuck Alkazian, with recording and mastering of a three song EP at Pearl Sound Studios in Canton.

The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair is proud to announce a very special Saturday evening Steinway Under The Stars celebration of the Great American Songbook, Saturday August 30 a Tickets are $15, which includes Fair admission, or tables of eight may be purchased for $100. Tickets are available online at or at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 2700 E Maple Road in Commerce, MI.

The Great American Songbook spans many decades and includes some of the nations most beloved songs and arrangements. This special Steinway Under the Stars features accomplished local musicians and vocalists, including pianist Cliff Monear, Sinatra stylist Mark Randisi and fabulous young Jazz vocalist Nicole New.
Complete Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair entertainment schedule available at

The Detroit Free Press Feast Farmers Market has been expanded for the 2014 State Fair, with the addition of an on-site cooking demo kitchen, which will showcase fresh recipes and Michigan products by chefs from across the region.

The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair is also dedicated to supporting Urban Agriculture initiatives and education, welcoming the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative/General Motors model container house to the fairgrounds for 2014, sponsored by Corrigan Moving Systems. The MUFI/GM container house is a forward-thinking alternative to traditional demolition and blight reclamation efforts in the City of Detroit, offering an expedited transition to habitable domains and urban home and farmsteads. The container house model will be open for tours during regular fair hours.

No State Fair fun would be complete without good old-fashioned contests and competitions! Please visit and click on Contest Central for complete information about the Diaper Derby baby crawl races, hot dog, corn-on-the-cob and pie eating contests, King Arthur Pie Bake-Off, Longest Pony Tail, Twins and Triplets look-alikes--and more hilarious fun for all!

Fifth Third's Financial Empowerment eBus will also be at the Michigan State Fair!  The eBus provides fairgoers with a great onsite wifi hot spot-plus easy access to professional financial advice and guidance. They eBus is staffed by Fifth Third professionals who are available to provide one-on-one credit counseling, financial education and explanation of 5/3 Bank products and services. Hours of operation: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1 pm - 8:00 pm; Monday noon- 5 pm.

Every family Fair experience needs a dose of favorite tasty carnival treats, too… Corndogs, Burgers, Elephant Ears, Cotton Candy and more will be available, served by many of Michigan’s longtime carnival and fair family food vendors!

Tickets in all categories for the August 29 - September 1, 2014 Michigan State Fair are on sale now! Advance discounted tickets available online through Thursday Aug 28, Discounted tickets are also available at all Southeast Michigan Kroger stores!


2014 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Ticket Pricing Options:
                                           Advance    On-Site       
Adult Fair Only                      $6.00    $8.00       
Child Fair Only  (Ages   2-12)    $5.00    $6.00       
Fair Entry and Circus            $20.00    $23.00       
Fair Entry and Ride               $20.00    $23.00       
Ultimate Wristband (Includes: Fair, Circus Performances and Rides)    $25.00    $30.00       
Individual rides vary between (3) tickets for small rides and (4) tickets for larger rides.    N/A    $1.25       

Children under 2 years of age are provided free admission to the Fair and Circus if accompanied by a paid adult.  Size regulations and restrictions apply regardless of age, and NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO RIDE RIDES FOR FREE.  Subject to height requirements and accompanying companion requirements, all riders of rides must have purchased individual ride tickets or have a wristband.

Fair ONLY to Ultimate Wristband    $25.00    Circus or Rides Wristband    $17.00   
Circus or Rides Wristband to Ultimate   Wristband    $13.00           

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