Saline Community Fair Features Traditional and New Activities

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 08/25/2019 - 22:01

The 2019 Saline Community Fair will feature many traditional activities as well as several new ones throughout the fair week, August 28 to September 1.  There are also pre fair activities on August 26 and 27, and rides only on September 2.  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 www.salinefair.org.  If you have also attended the Manchester Community Fair and/or the Chelsea Community Fair be sure to bring along your “Around the Fairs in 55 Days” passport and turn it in to be eligible for prizes.

The entering of exhibits will take place on Monday, August 26 from 4-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 27 from 9 a.m. until noon.  The fairbook is digital this year and can be found online.  Anyone interested is invited to enter exhibits and there are a variety of categories to enter. The Boys and Girls Pet Show and the Decorated Bicycle Contest will be held at the fairgrounds on August 27th with sign up from 5 – 5:30 p.m. and judging beginning at 5:45 p.m. Youth ages up to 16 may participate and all pets are to be on a leash or in a cage. The beef and feeder calf judging will begin at 5:30 p.m. and goat judging will begin at 6 p.m. There will not be a parade in 2019.

 

The fair is very excited that Wednesday, August 28 will be Saline Schools Day. Late afternoon and evening activities include a Saline Alumni Gathering, the Saline School Clubs and Organizations Showcase, the rabbit, pig, poultry and lamb judging and the Saline Schools Ag Olympics. Wednesday also features a special all day admission price of $5 for ages 11 and over. 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 there will also be free selected rides for them from 1 to 3 p.m. The Cement Slab Tractor Pull will take place on the track in front of the grandstand throughout the day and evening. Also new this year is the Saline Community Fair Ambassador Scholarship Program and the recipients will be announced Wednesday evening around 6 p.m. 

 

Thursday, August 29 is Children’s Day. There will be special activities from 9:30 a.m. to noon. These include Touch a Truck, Hands on activities, Farm Related Games and other Activities, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau Ag Activities, Make Your Own Ice Cream, and Animals. The A2 Magic Show will be held at noon. 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 the KOI Drag Racing, also beginning at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand.

Friday, August 30 is Seniors Day and Ladies’ Day and features special admission prices for senior citizens who are free until 1 p.m. The day starts off with a Euchre tournament at 9:00 a.m., a Draft Horse Pull at 10:30 a.m. and the Princess and Guest Dance Party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A new activity for 2019, Barn Games for Ages 2 to 12 will begin at 1 p.m. The Ladies’ Day program and Recognition of Senior Citizens also begins at 1 p.m. and the RFD Boys will be providing the entertainment.  Exploring STEM activities and careers begins at 5 p.m. The 2019 Saline’s Got Talent Contest begins at 7 p.m. and will offer great awards. (Pre-registration required). The grandstand show on Friday evening at 7 p.m. will feature the Super Kicker Rodeo along with singer DeWayne Spaw.  Another new activity, the Master Livestock Showman Contest, will be held at 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 31 Heroes’ Day/Family Day, with Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and other nominated heroes admitted free with credentials. The Heroes’ Day program begins at 11 a.m. and will include a light lunch and entertainment. 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 and Truck Pull starts off the grandstand events at 9 a.m. Exploring STEM activities and careers geared at Jr. and Sr. High Students will begin at 5 p.m. Returning for the second year at the fair will be the Foam Dance Party from 6 to 10 p.m. located in its own tent near the midway. The evening grandstand show is the Super Stock and Modified Tractor and Truck Pull which begins at 7 p.m.  At the other end of the fairgrounds under the open pavilion, fairgoers can enjoy the Grant Reiff Band, performing from 7-9 p.m.  Another full day of family fun.

Sunday, September 1 is Agriculture 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 Philharmonic will take the stage and perform at 5 p.m. Exploring STEM activities and careers also begins at 5 p.m. A second evening of the Foam Dance Party will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. The fun and excitement continues at 7 p.m. at the grandstand with the USA Auto Cross Championship Derby. Please note that this is the championship, there will not be additional derby competitions in September. The Bicycle drawing will be held at 7 p.m.  followed by the Merchants drawings at 8 p.m., the Saline Rotary Club Steer Drawing at 8:30 p.m. and the release of still exhibits at 9 p.m.  Thirteen 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.  

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. Several Saline Area School administrators and staff, along with Saline present and past elected officials will be in the Saline FFA Dunk Tank throughout the week. The Beer Barn will be open Thursday through Sunday evening and will offer live entertainment or music several nights. Elliott’s Amusements will provide the carnival rides throughout the week and pre-fair ride specials are available on their website at www.Elliottsamusements.com 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, the Milan Public Library and the Dexter District 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 2 all the exhibits and displays will be gone, but a few activities will take place. The Antique Tractor Cement Slab 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 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. There is also 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. 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.

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.