The Saline Community Fair is excited to be hosting several activities throughout fair week in tribute to Saline’s Sesquicentennial.
The theme of the fair and the parade is “Proud of the Past, Poised for the Future”. The fair parade will be held in Saline on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. beginning at Mill Pond Park and ending at Henne Field. New this year will be the return of the Pet Show and the Best Decorated Bicycle Contest which will be held at Mill Pond Park. The contestants are asked to walk or ride in the parade at 6:30 p.m. Registration for them is 5 p.m. and judging will begin at 5:30 p.m. There is still time for entering floats or groups in the parade. Check out all the details at www.salinefair.org. Following the parade the fair will be welcoming back the Chelsea Monitors & Merries for a Vintage Baseball Game at Henne Field. The Saline Sesquicentennial Celebration committee will also be hosting several other fun activities at the baseball game.
Many of the fair classes that the public can enter include Saline items – such as in the Photography division there is a class for Saline Photos. In the Antiques Division there is a class for Saline Items. The exhibits in the Educational Exhibits Division can focus on Saline and the Sesquicentennial. A complete list of classes and entry times is in the fairbook which is available at various Saline businesses and on the website. Third grade students from Pleasant Ridge participated in a poster contest using the theme of “Farmers Feeding Saline for 150 Years”. The posters will be displayed at the fair.
Several of the Ladies Day activities on Friday, September 2 at 1 p.m. will focus on Saline’s Sesquicentennial – there will be a Quilt Show and a Hat Show, as well as a local person talking about the history of Saline. Anyone interested is invited to wear a contest hat from any of the following categories: Pre-50’s; Saline Centennial Hats; Sun or Straw Hats; and Most Unusual. Prizes will be awarded. More information is in the fairbook on page 20.
Several organized “Sesquicentennial Special Activities” will be held on Friday, September 2 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. These activities are open to anyone interested and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 in each class. Contests will take place in the following order and include Pretzel Baking (bring 4 homemade pretzels to be judged); Saline Centennial Class (bring Old Time Dresses, Hats, Vests, Programs, Photos and other Memorabilia from the 1966 Saline Centennial Celebration); Corn Shucking Contest (ears of corn will be provided); Beard Contest (classes for Longest Beard, Longest Moustache, Best Groomed, and Most Colorful); Sack Race; Straw Relay (teams of three will carry loose straw); and there may be some surprise activities. More information is also available on the website and on page 51.
The fair has two Antique Tractor Pulls – one on Saturday, September 3 beginning at 9 a.m. and another on Monday, September 5 beginning at 10 a.m. A Car and Tractor Show will take place on Sunday, September 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. There are also many antique tractors on display throughout fair week.
Fifteen bikes will be given away to lucky winners – one to represent each decade of Saline. Entry forms can be deposited throughout fair week into corresponding containers located with the bikes in Building B on the fairgrounds. The forms are on the website and available at local sponsors and at the fair. The drawings will be held on Sunday, September 4 at 8 p.m. and winners do not need to be present.
For more information visit www.salinefair.org or contact the Saline Community Fair Sesquicentennial Committee co-chairs Nancy Kohler at 734-429-1471 or Nancy Thelen at 734-944-6262.