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Michigan State Fair
Aug. 30-Sept. 3; Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi; michiganstatefairllc.com; Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children, wristbands available for $30.
This one goes back to 1849 when Detroit debuted Michigan's original state fair — one of the earliest events of its kind. Obviously, state fairs are a thing now. For most of its existence, the Michigan State Fair was held at the Michigan State Fairgrounds because yeah, we really loved the damn thing. In 2009, Gov. Jennifer Granholm pulled the plug on the longstanding tradition, leaving Michigan to wonder if it would ever be able to watch a baby cow take its first steps, eat an elephant ear, or fight nausea on the Gravitron again. The event switched hands in 2013 and now calls Novi home, where you'll find many of the traditions from the state fair's previous incarnation: Baby animals! Eating competitions! A butter cow! Beer tasting! And endless chocolate milk? Yeah. It's a thing. Also flowing? Live music via its Superstar talent competition as well as a hearty list of contests for those looking to snag a blue ribbon.