Saline Community Fair Officially Opens August 29

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 08/29/2018 - 02:36

Many thanks to everyone who participated in and/or watched the 2018 Saline Community Fair Parade on Tuesday evening, as well as the Boys and Girls Pet Show and the Decorated Bicycle contest held prior to the parade.

If you have driven past the fairgrounds over the past three days you have seen lots of activity.  Animals have arrived, the non-livestock exhibits have been entered and judged, displays have been set up, the food wagons are parked in their new location for the next week, and the carnival rides have been assembled. The white exhibit building and barns at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor, were full of action on Monday and Tuesday as folks of all ages entered everything from vegetables to photos, collections to arts and crafts and the ever popular antiques and needlework.   

The fair officially opens with Agriculture Day on Wednesday, August 29 at 9 a.m. and starts off with the judging of all animals at various times. The Agriculture Day sponsor is Bader & Sons Company. The rabbit show begins at 9 a.m. and the hog show and the poultry show is at 10 a.m.  The goat show is at noon, followed by the feeder calf and steer show at 1 p.m. and the lamb show at 7 p.m.  Some fair-goers will head straight to the open show arena to watch animal judging while others will head back to the track.  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 until all tractors have pulled. New this year is the Inclusion Day special where our special needs friends and one helper will receive free admission until 3 p.m. and there will also be free selected rides for them from 1 to 3 p.m. All carnival rides will open at 3 p.m. The Adventures in Agriculture Barn will also be open with many activities for all fair visitors. The Miss Saline Contest begins at 8 p.m. with four outstanding young women vying for the title of Miss Saline. The Merchant’s Building, exhibit areas and food booths will be open throughout the day and evening.

Thursday, August 30 is Children’s Day. There will be special activities from 10 a.m. to noon. These include Touch a Truck, A2SO petting zoo, Twist and Shout the Clown, Hand in Hand Music, Saline Library, Washtenaw Christian Academy, Farm Related Games and Activities, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau Ag Activities, Make Your Own Ice Cream, and Animals. 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 2:30 p.m. The tractor and wagon is provided for this contest. Rounding out the activities on Thursday are the Jr. Livestock Auction at 7 p.m. and another new event, the KOI Drag Racing, also beginning at 7 p.m. in front of the grandstand.

There are many other activities taking place throughout the week. In addition to exhibits, inside and outside displays and animals, and the Saline FFA dunk tank, the Adventures in Agriculture Barn will be open all week and the Farmer for a Day activity area will provide fun for kids. In addition to the nightly grandstand shows ranging from truck and tractor pulls, drag racing, a rodeo and enduro derby; Saline’s Got Talent will bring lots of entertainment and will follow the exciting Smokin’ W Regulators Mounted Shooting exhibition, and then Magic Joe will perform on Saturday at 7 & 8 p.m. and the Saline Fiddlers will perform at 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Foam Dance Party on Saturday and Sunday will be a blast. The Beer Barn will also be open Thursday through Sunday evening. Elliott’s Amusements will provide the carnival rides throughout the week and Mega Ride Passes are available at Busch’s in Saline.  Ride coupons for $3 off an unlimited ride wristband are also available at the fair office.

Fairgoers can register to win one of twelve 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 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.