Friday at Saline Fair Features Truck Pull, Sesquicentennial Activities and Live Music

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 09/02/2016 - 02:17
Children are suspended in air on one of the rides at the Saline Community Fair.

Friday is Senior’s Day and Ladies Day at the Saline Community Fair, but there are activities for all ages happening throughout the day and evening. All activities are held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor.  

There are special admission prices for senior citizens and ladies, with seniors being admitted free until 1 p.m.  The day starts off with a Euchre tournament at 9:30 a.m., a Draft Horse Pull at 10 a.m. and the new Princess and Pirate Tea Party from 10 a.m. to noon. The Ladies’ Day program and Recognition of Senior Citizens begins at 1 p.m., along with the Pie Baking Contest. Ladies’ Day participants are encouraged to wear a hat and everyone will enjoy the program which will focus on Saline’s Sesquicentennial. More information is on page 20 in the fairbook. The Special Saline Sesquicentennial Contests will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Check out page 51 of the fairbook or the website for more information on the contests which include pretzel baking, Saline Centennial Celebration memorabilia, corn shucking, beard contests, sack race and straw relay.  The 2016 Saline’s Got Talent Contest begins at 6 p.m. and will offer great awards. Returning for a second year will be the Alumni Livestock Showmanship competition beginning at 7 p.m. The grandstand shows on Friday evening at 7 p.m. will feature the new Diesel Truck Pull, along with the gas truck pull and three classes of tractors.  Don’t miss the fun and excitement as the trucks and tractors go roaring down the track. The Beer Barn will also be open Friday evening from 5 p.m. to midnight and will feature live music. 

There are many other activities taking place throughout the week. In addition to exhibits, inside and outside displays and animals, the Small Animal Barn will be open all week and the Farmer for a Day activity area will provide fun for kids. Farmer John will provide several shows with animals daily from Thursday through Saturday.  Well known Hypnotist, Richard Barker, will share his incredible talent as he performs two shows daily, after 3 p.m., on Friday through Sunday. Area businesses have displays throughout the fairgrounds and there are a variety of food booths. Elliott’s Amusements will provide the carnival rides throughout the week.

Visit the fair website at for information on admission and ride prices, as well as specials for each day.  Activity details and a complete schedule are also available on the website. Many local businesses have fairbooks and fair schedules.  You are also invited to follow the fair on facebook at Saline Community Fair. See you at the fair!

Nancy Diuble Thelen
Thelen retired from MSU Extension in 2015 and is an active volunteer with the Saline Community Fair, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau and 4-H.