Saline Community Fair Features Traditional and New Activities

 08/05/2017 - 18:33

The 2017 Saline Community Fair will feature many traditional activities as well as several new ones throughout the fair week, August 30 to September 3.  There will be rides only on September 4 and the parade will be held on August 29.  The fair is held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor.  There is an exciting line-up of entertainment all week. Check out all the details at  

The entering of exhibits will take place on Monday, August 28 from 2-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 29 from 9 a.m. until noon.  Stop by local businesses to pick up a copy of the fairbook where you will find a variety of categories to enter exhibits.  A digital copy of the fairbook can also be found online.  Anyone interested is invited to enter exhibits. The fair parade will be held in Saline on Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. beginning at Henne Field and going down Bennett Street. Participants are asked to register by August 7th by contacting  The Boys and Girls Pet Show and the Best Decorated Bicycle Contest will be held prior to the parade at Henne Field. Youth up to age 16 can participate. Registration is at 4:30 p.m. and judging will begin at 5:15 p.m. After judging, participants will walk or ride in the parade.   

Wednesday, August 30 is Agriculture Day and it features the judging of all animals at various times between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.  The Cement Slab Tractor Pull will take place on the track in front of the grandstand throughout the day and evening. The Miss Saline Pageant begins at 8 p.m. See who the 2016 Miss Saline, Caitlin Sundquist, crowns as her successor. Many scholarships are also presented to the winners.

Thursday, August 31 is Children’s Day. There will be special activities from 9 a.m. to noon. These include Touch a Truck, Hand and Hand Music, Twist and Shout the Clown, Farm Related Games and Activities, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau Ag Activities, Make Your Own Ice Cream, Animals and Barn Tours. There will also be preschool/toddler ride specials from noon to 3 p.m., and all rides will open at noon.  The Lawnmower Obstacle Course Contest, open to all youth age 10 – 18, begins at 3 p.m. The tractor and wagon is provided for this contest. Farmer John and his interactive live animals will be doing three shows at various times throughout the day. Rounding out the activities on Thursday are the Jr. Livestock Auction at 7 p.m. and the Super Kicker Rodeo, also beginning at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand.

Friday, September 1 is Senior’s Day and Ladies’ Day and features special admission prices for senior citizens who are free until 1 p.m. and everyone else age 11 and older who are $5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The day starts off with a Euchre tournament at 9:00 a.m., a Draft Horse Pull at 10 a.m. and a Princess and Super Heroes Party from 10 a.m. to noon. The Ladies’ Day program and Recognition of Senior Citizens begins at 1 p.m.  The 2017 Saline’s Got Talent Contest begins at 7 p.m. and will offer great awards. (Sign up at 6:30 p.m. and email to request an entry form). The grandstand shows on Friday evening at 7 p.m. will feature the Diesel 4x4 Truck Pull, along with the gas truck pull.  Farmer John and his interactive live animals will again be doing three shows at various times throughout the day.

Saturday, September 2 is Heroes’ Day with Military, Law Enforcement and Firefighters admitted free with credentials. The Heroes’ Day program begins at 11 a.m. and will include a light lunch. A Pedal Pull for both youth and adults will be held at 2 p.m. and the Antique Tractor Pull and Farm Stock Tractor Pull starts off the grandstand events at 9 a.m. The evening grandstand show is the Super Stock and Modified Tractor Pull which begins at 7 p.m.  At the other end of the fairgrounds under the open pavilion, the fantastic group, Three Men and A Tenor will perform at 7 p.m.  Farmer John and his interactive live animals will again be doing three shows at various times throughout the day.  Another full day of family fun.

Sunday, September 3 is the new Family Day and starts off with Compact Tractor Pulling at 11 a.m.  The Taste of Ag will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and all youth who complete their Ag Passport will be entered to win a bicycle. The Car and Tractor Show will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and entry forms are available on the fair website. There are also many antique tractors on display throughout fair week. The Huron Valley Harmonizers will be strolling the fairgrounds from 2-4 p.m. and performing for the fair visitors. Saline’s own Fiddlers Philharomonic will take the stage and perform at 5 p.m. The fun and excitement continues at 7 p.m. at the grandstand with the USA Auto Cross Enduro Derby. The Bicycle drawing will be held at 7 p.m.  followed by the Merchants drawings at 8 p.m. and the Saline Rotary Club Steer Drawing at 8:30 p.m. and the release of still exhibits at 9 p.m.  Fifteen bikes 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.  Farmer John and his interactive live animals will again be doing three shows at various times throughout the day.

There are many other activities taking place throughout the week. In addition to exhibits, inside and outside displays and animals, the Adventures in Agriculture Barn will be open all week and the Farmer for a Day activity area will provide fun for kids. Area businesses will have displays throughout the fairgrounds and there will be a variety of food booths. The Beer Barn will be open Thursday through Sunday evening. Elliott’s Amusements will provide the carnival rides throughout the week and pre-fair ride specials are available on their website at under the Saline Fair tab. Mega Ride passes are also available at Busch’s in Saline.  The Saline Community Fair and Elliott’s Amusements have also teamed up with the Saline District Library and the Milan Public Library to provide free ride or concession coupons to those who are eligible for prizes by participating in their summer reading programs. Check with the libraries for details on the “Read to Ride” program.

On Monday, September 4 all the exhibits and displays will be gone, but a few activities will take place. The Antique Cement Slab Tractor Pull will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the grandstand and carnival rides only will be open from 1 to 6 p.m.

Visit the fair website at for information on admission and ride prices, as well as specials for each day.  New for 2017 is the availability of a Fair Fun Pass which will cover general fair admission and admission to all grandstand events for fair week.  Activity details and a complete schedule are also available on the website. Many local businesses also have fairbooks and fair schedules.  The many volunteers who make the Saline Community Fair possible hope to 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.