The fair officially opens with Saline Schools Day on Wednesday, August 28 at 9 a.m. New for 2019 is a special all day admission price of $5 for ages 11 and over. The Cement Slab Tractor Pull will take place on the track in front of the grandstand beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day and evening until all tractors have pulled. Returning for a second year is the Inclusion Day special where our special needs friends and their helper will receive free admission on Wednesday until 3 p.m. and Elliott’s Amusements will provide free selected rides for them from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants can also do an Inclusion Day craft in the tent by the midway from 12 to 3p.m. and the barns and exhibits will all be open. The remaining carnival rides will open at 3 p.m. Late afternoon and evening activities include a Saline Alumni Gathering, the Saline School Clubs and Organizations Showcase, the presentation of the Saline Community Fair Ambassadors, the rabbit, pig, poultry and lamb judging and the Saline Schools Ag Olympics.
Started in 1936, the Saline Community Fair was the first community fair in Washtenaw County and was held on November 13, one day only, as a means of showing the projects which the FFA boys had completed during that year. It was sponsored by the Saline Chapter of the Future Farmers of America and the Saline Schools cooperating, and was held in the Union School hallways. In 1944 the Saline Fair was reorganized and incorporated as a non-profit corporation. The reorganization provided a structure for expanded community involvement and growth to recognize the skills, talents, recreation and interests of area residents by holding an annual fair. The fair was held at Henne Field until 1966 when it was moved permanently to the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.
Thursday, August 29 is Children’s Day and there will be special activities from 9:30 a.m. to noon. These include Touch a Truck in the front parking lot, goodies from Busch’s, lots of activity tables, A2SO petting zoo from 10 a.m. to noon on the stage, Farmer For A Day, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau Ag Activities, Make Your Own Ice Cream, animals of all sizes, Adventures in Agriculture, and A2 Magic at noon in Building B. There will also be preschool/toddler ride specials from noon to 3 p.m., and all rides will open at noon. Rounding out the activities on Thursday are the Jr. Livestock Auction at 7 p.m. and KOI Drag Racing, also beginning at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand. This dirt drag racing event features a class for everything - if it has a motor and wheels they have a class for it. For details visit www.koidragracing.com. The Beer Barn will also be open Thursday evening from 5 p.m. to midnight.
The Merchant’s Building, Adventures in Agriculture, exhibit areas and food booths will be open throughout the day and evening. New this year is a Saline Community Fair t-shirt which will be offered for sale in the fair office. Fairgoers can register to win one of thirteen donated bikes which will be given away to lucky winners. Entry forms can be deposited throughout fair week into corresponding containers located with the bikes in Building C on the fairgrounds. The forms are on the website and available at local sponsors and at the fair. Winners do not need to be present.
Visit the fair website at www.salinefair.org for information on admission and ride prices, as well as specials for each day. Just click on the daily schedule of events for additional information on many of the activities. Many local businesses have fair schedules.
The many volunteers who make the Saline Community Fair possible hope to see you at the fair. The Saline Community Fair also wishes to thank their many sponsors for all their support and making the fair possible. Please check out the list of sponsors and find more information at www.salinefair.org. You are also invited to follow the fair on facebook at Saline Community Fair or you may call the fair office at 734-429-1131.