Novi mayor: State fair coming back to Michigan

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    Novi Mayor Bobb Gatt announced this morning that the state fair is “coming back to Michigan,” although it has a new name, a new location and no state funding.

    • Map of the Great Lakes State Fair

    The event, which organizers have named the Great Lakes State Fair, will be held Aug.31-Sept.3 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Organizers said this new event is revitalizing the Michigan State Fair, which closed in 2009 because of the lack of funding.

    Organizers acknowledge the new event will be a smaller version of the original, while featuring many of the same elements: a midway, carnival rides, livestock and produce exhibits, a beer tent and entertainment.

    The new event will also feature a Shriner’s Circus in the parking lot.

    Advance tickets cost $25 for adults and children over 12; $20 for children.

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