Sunday, 24 August, 2008 0:54 AM
The 2008 Michigan
State Fair is Now Open Thru Labor Day
BY MIKE WRATHELL / ©2007 AMERICAJR.com
Spinners performed at the Michigan State Fair in 2007.
-- There is a well-oiled crew inside the Michigan
State Fair -- preparing for the task to be ready for opening
day, which is today and continues until Labor Day. Staff members
such as Lindsay Calcatera have been taking calls on her cell
every minute or so, but it is worth it. Going to the fair,
said the Marketing Director, is a good thing despite the crippling
economy and rising prices. "[It is] a family tradition,"
she continues, because people are staying close to home.
The purpose and vision behind the Fair is being family-friendly
with diverse education, entertainment and recreational activities
-- recognizing the State of Michigan's agricultural, natural
and cultural lifestyle, as well as continuing to be known
as the preferred special event venue.
Tickets for adults cost
$10; for children 3-12, $5, and parking for $7. However, according
to General Manager Steve Jenkins, the fair doesn't cost as
much as the concerts of High School Musical's Corbin Bleu,
Raven (That's So Raven, The Cheetah Girls), and rock icon
Alice Cooper -- several of the acts that will be performing
there next week. Even though you pay for parking and admission,
he states, there is free entertainment. When you tell your
friends you saw Alice Cooper at the fair, Jenkins went on,
they'll say you must be mistaken because that couldn't have
been him, but you were there.
He also compare the prices of the tickets for the fair to
buying tickets for Lions, Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings,
in which sports games are between over two and three hours
of entertainment, whereas the Fair is 13 hours because there
are endless possibilities.
One of those endless possibilities is what is called the largest
portable roller coaster in the United States without a name.
A contest is being held to give the ride a name, and the winner
will be announced this Wednesday for free admission and all
day ride wristbands for Labor Day Weekend.
Recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as the oldest, the
Michigan State Fair is still is the first and original --
going strong at 160 years and beyond. However, it is also
a mixed blessing, as the fair is "one last hurrah for
summer before kids are being dreaded back to school,"
said Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano, as he and Jenkins
helped cut the ribbon to mark Friday the official first day
of the fair.
"The Michigan State Fair is where memories are made and
created traditions for families,"
Jenkins said. "Help us make a place where families come
and memories are made. Have a great 2008!"
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©2007 AMERICAJR.com
Covington performed at the Michigan State Fair in 2007.
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