When: Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 2017
You’ll find many of the traditions from the state fair’s previous incarnation: Baby animals! Eating competitions! A butter cow! Beer tasting! All this, and more — and thanks to presenting sponsor Ram Trucks, with zero state funding. (Yay, capitalism!) Since 2014, a fixture of the Michigan State Fair has been its Superstar talent competition. Semi-finalists will perform during the fair, with a Grand Prize Winner performing as Saturday evening’s headliner. The Michigan State Fair is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 4-6, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 7, at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; michiganstatefairllc.com.