Milan Community Fair
Bring the kids to this Washtenaw County festival for a Wild, Wild West parade, karaoke contest and fireworks show May 31-June 2, 2012
Saddle up, pard'ners – and head on over to the 63rd Milan Community Fair, set for May 31-June 2, 2012 and sporting a Wild, Wild West theme! Parades, carnival rides, games and even a Milan Idol Karaoke Contest are all in store for families.
Kicking off this year's cowboy-inspired theme, a parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Marvin Street behind the Milan Middle School. From there it travels south to Main Street, west to Wabash Street and south the Neckel Court. Watch for the Backstreet CruiZers Lakeside Cruise along the route, too.
Then, mom and dad can try their chances at the karaoke-style Milan Idol. The qualifying round is on Thursday, with all registrations happening on site from 6 to 7 p.m. Competitors must be 18 years old, and registration is $10 per entry. The finals are on Saturday at 7 p.m., and a $100 prize awaits the winner. A copy of the rules can be found online. All proceeds support the Milan fireworks.
Family band Time Machine provides musical entertainment Friday night before the annual fireworks display at 10:05 p.m. Patrons can also visit the artisans and service tent, and parents can whet their whistles at the Western Saloon, which is open daily from 6 p.m. till midnight.
The fair also features the annual Prince and Princess Contest. Children up to 4 years old may enter, and votes are counted based on funds raised. The results are announced on Saturday at 4 p.m. on the main stage.
And, of course, you'll also have your choice of midway rides and fair vendors to peruse and food at this family favorite that was first created by The Rotary Club of Milan (originally called the Milan Free Fair, because there was no entry fee).
Tickets for rides are $1 each, or 50 for $40. Armbands are $20. Fair hours vary; check out their website for the specs.
See the Metro Parent listing for more on the 2012 Milan Community Fair.