1915 : Ionia Mayor and Future Governor Fred Green Pitches Idea for First Ionia Free Fair

February 15, 2023 all-day

The “free fair” project was launched at the Ionia Businessman’s “solidarity” meeting on February 15, 1915. At that time, Mayor Fred Green, who was to later become the Governor of Michigan, presented his plans for a promotion for the coming year. It was to be a free fair. The Ionia Free Fair would be held on August 18-20 and would continue for many years.

The 100th Ionia Free Fair was held July 16-25, 2015.

The next Ionia Free Fair will be held July 12-21, 2018.

Ionia Free Fair Discussed in July 2013. It’s county fair time around West Michigan and one of the biggest is the Ionia Free Fair. Fair board member, Becca Usher and Kelbie Stout, one of the teens taking part in 4-h, sat down with eightWest to talk about all the fun to be expected at the fair.

Source : Ionia Free Fair