Great Lakes State Fair http://michiganradio.org en Visitors at the Great Lakes State Fair enjoy new location, miss the butter cow (video) http://michiganradio.org/post/visitors-great-lakes-state-fair-enjoy-new-location-miss-butter-cow-video <p>The Michigan State Fair in Detroit was canceled two years ago due to budget cuts. This year there's a new fair, with&nbsp;a new name and&nbsp;location. It's privately owned and operated.</p><p>The Great Lakes State Fair kicked off in Novi today. Oakland County Commissioner Kathy Crawford was at a preview event last night.</p><p>“The old state fair the grounds and everything were familiar to me, that’s what I grew up with, so this is new, but at least it’s here, at least we have&nbsp;a semblance of the state fair. And it’s just young, you know, I know it’s going to grow. And we're very excited to welcome everyone to Novi,” she said.</p><p>The fair is located at the Suburban Collection Showplace, in Novi. It has all the essentials - livestock and agriculture exhibits, a midway with rides, games and food, and daily circus performances.</p><p>Visitors say it’s pretty good, so far.</p><p>"My favorite thing about the state fair is the circus,” said 12-year-old Kera Stoehr. "Because, I want to be an acrobat when I get older."</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDKAC6GbqdE</p><p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:49:21 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 8901 at http://michiganradio.org Visitors at the Great Lakes State Fair enjoy new location, miss the butter cow (video) Michigan State Fair revived under new name, "Great Lakes State Fair" http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-fair-revived-under-new-name-great-lakes-state-fair <p align="LEFT">After a two-year hiatus, organizers say Michigan's state fair is back - but it will have a new name and location.</p><p align="LEFT">Blair Bowman&nbsp; runs the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.&nbsp;&nbsp; That's the expo center where the "Great Lakes State Fair" will be.&nbsp; It opens to the public on Friday.</p><p align="LEFT">The fair will be under a roof instead of in the open. But it will have the same livestock and agricultural exhibits, pie-eating contests, and the like.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 22:48:02 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8877 at http://michiganradio.org