Saline Community Fair Has Full Day of Activities on Sunday

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 08/31/2019 - 18:47

It has been a great week at the 2019 fair!! Sunday, September 1 is Agriculture Day at the Saline Community Fair held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor- Saline Road. Agriculture Day is sponsored by The Andersons 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. This unique program takes place in Barns D and E so everything is inside and adults and young people can go through the animal and agriculture exhibits and visit with farmers and youth exhibitors to learn more about how their food is produced and where their food comes from.  It takes about an hour to complete the program. After completing the various stations (kids will also be completing a passport which will qualify them to enter the bike drawing, and adults will be completing a quiz) they will receive a coupon for a taste of agriculture (broasted potatoes, popcorn, hot dog and ice cream) between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. All rides will open at 1 p.m. and the $3 coupons for ride wrist bands are available at the Fair Office on the fairgrounds if you have not picked one up from local businesses. 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. and is an interactive activity. The second evening of the unique 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 Beer Barn will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. on Sunday evening, and there will be DJ music.  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 non-livestock 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. Winners do not need to be present.  

In addition to exhibits, inside and outside displays and animals, the Adventures in Agriculture and Farmer for a Day area is open through Sunday. Crowd favorites in the barn area have been the baby calves, the hatching eggs, the baby bunnies and the fiberglass horses for kids to sit on, just to mention a few.  Area businesses have displays throughout the fairgrounds and there are a variety of great food booths.   

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.  Just click on the daily schedule of events for additional information on many of the activities. 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.