The Michigan State Fair claimed be the oldest continuously running state fair in the country. The first annual event was held in Detroit in 1849. The fair changed hands, grew, evolved to reflect the changing economy of Michigan. The fair had a permanent home, setting up every year in the same place since 1905, with large halls, a horse track, livestock barns and a midway.
Attendance peaked in 1966 at 1.2 million people. Last year 220,000 people came. This year’s event will not be held. Leading the nation in unemployment, with the cities still steadily losing population, Gov. Jennifer Granholm canceled the fair, saying debt-ridden Michigan could no longer afford to subsidize it.
…you know the end of something great is coming, but you want to hold on, just for one more second…just so it can hurt a little more.