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Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair in Novi

The fun returns Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013 with exhibits, rides, circus shows and more family events at Suburban Collection Showplace

Back for a second spin in Oakland County – now a private entity and boasting a slightly tweaked title – the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair returns to Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013. At this Labor Day weekend blowout, expect big rides, delicious food and world-class entertainment fit for the entire family to celebrate our great state.

There will be something for everyone at this year's fair. Kids especially will love the big top-style performances by the local Detroit Shrine Circus – and an awesome, rare appearance by legendary The Flying Wallendas stunt family (their first Michigan State Fair cameo in 50 years!). They'll entertain the masses with brilliant, daredevil tightrope tricks and twirls.

Find plenty of contests, too, and a "beginning of life" exhibit. Carnival rides abound 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Labor Day Monday.

Animal lovers will be in heaven at the fair, too, with swine, goat, sheep and rabbit shows in house every day, plus the return of the racing pigs – annual favorites from the fair back when it called the now-closed Michigan State Fairgrounds Detroit home. A jaw-dropping life-sized butter cow is expected back on the scene, as well.

To anyone looking to support our homegrown taste here in the Mitten, be sure to stop by the Michigan Made Pavilion, too, where everything is created, grown or produced right here.

If you buy tickets in advance, it's $25 for an "Ultimate Wristband" for adults and kids 36 inches and taller (gives access to one circus performance and unlimited midway rides) and $10 for a "Toddler Wristband" (which allows access to select kid-safe carnival ride attractions). At the gate, those prices are $30 and $10, respectively.

If you're only interested in attending the fair (i.e., no circus or rides), advance costs are $6/ages 12 and up and $5/ages 11 and under; at the gate, tickets are $8/ages 12-plus and $6/ages 11 and under.

For additional details, including the address/location information, check out the Metro Parent calendar listing for the 2013 Fifth Third Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

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