September 25th, 1849.
That was the date of the first Michigan State Fair.
August 2009 – this is the date of the last Michigan State Fair.
This was the first state fair in the United States of America. Anybody who has ever gone to one where they live, or used the phrase, or read about such cultural Americana in literature – this is where it all started. The MSF has been continually operating at this specific location for over 100 years.
This year is the Michigan State Fair’s last year, due to the State of Michigan rapidly approaching bankruptcy and complete economic failure.
Goodbye old friend.
A few last photos to remember by.
From now on we say “I remember the Michigan State Fair, we used to go all the time.”
And for those of us who ventured out this year, we will say: ” I was at the last Michigan State Fair, that was back in 2009.”