Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi


The annual Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, happening this Labor Day weekend, is a celebration full of animals, performances and food. Go shopping, hop on rides, watch the pigs’ race and meet the butter cows all weekend long, Sept. 4-7, 2015.

Start off at the Equestrian Pavilion for the horse showcase. The competitions will include barrel racing, reining and expanded pulling events.

Check out the other competitions happening over the weekend, when folks bake their own pies and make outfits out of wool. Watch the pie-, corn- and hotdog-eating contests, or register your kids in the Diaper Derby or baby crawl races.

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Animals raid the fair, too. Check out the Beginning of Life animal exhibits where kids can watch live births and hear how and why animals act the way they do after birth. Also, the Fifth Third livestock competition continues. Visit all the animals and watch as they do their tricks for the judges.

After, watch the pigs race head-to-head or go watch Tom Paul Fitzgerald as he transforms pounds of butter into life-sized cow art. And of course, don’t forget to check out the Shrine Circus and the fun at Tiny Totville, featuring circus acts, games, rides and funhouses for the kids. Plus, art, live music, a midway full of rides and shopping.

Costs are as follows:

  • Fair only: $8/ages 12-plus, $6/ages 2-11, free/kids under 2;
  • $23/fair and circus or fair and rides, $30/fair, circus and rides, $1.25/individual ride tickets, $5/parking

Check it out 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday (interior exhibition hall closes at 5 p.m.).

To learn more about the 2015 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, Novi, at Suburban Collection Showplace – and even more festivals in Michigan – visit the Metro Parent calendar.