1928 : Upper Peninsula State Fair Opens for First Time

September 17, 2018 all-day

The Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba is a fair held annually in the Upper Peninsula in the U.S. state of Michigan.

In April 1927, Michigan Governor Fed Green signed Act 89, which stated that “an annual state fair at the City of Escanaba, which shall have for its main purpose the exploiting, and encouragement of improved methods in agriculture and industrial pursuits I hereby authorize.” The opening day of the first Upper Peninsula State Fair was September 17, 1928. The present site encompasses 120 acres (0.49 km2) of land and 24 buildings. It also includes nearly 700 campsites.

As of 2010, the State ceased funding for the fair and the downstate Michigan State Fair due to budget problems. Control of fair operations has been passed onto the U.P. State Fair Authority which includes representatives from each county in the U.P. and the Hannahville Indian Community. Despite the discontinuation of the downstate Michigan State Fair which has failed to attract outside funding and struggled with sharply dropping attendance through the years, the U.P. State Fair will continue on into the foreseeable future.

Source : Wikipedia.

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