NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Plans for reviving the state fair in Michigan include a circus as well as more-traditional agricultural events, competitions and entertainment offerings, organizers announced.
The Great Lakes State Fair will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Organizers this week released more details of the attractions, including Shrine Circus shows that are expected to include high wire performances, acrobatics, clowns and wild animal acts.
Kent Roberts, vice chairman of the Great Lakes State Fair Board, said in a statement that organizers are "delighted to bring back a state tradition" with modern updates. The event will include livestock exhibits, education stations, product displays, rides, a beer garden and entertainment stages.
"We've created an exciting venue that builds upon the tradition of past fairs and packages it into a 21st century version focused on Michigan's rich agricultural and arts heritage," he said, adding that "the entire show will include mostly Michigan-made content, including all entertainment, exhibits and concessions."
The Michigan State Fair, which took place in Detroit, closed in 2009 because of a lack of funding. In addition to having a different name and location, the new event isn't funded by the state.