Michigan State Fair

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First held in 1849 in Detroit, the location of the Michigan State Fair rotated in the early years between Detroit, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Adrian, Jackson, Grand Rapids, East Saginaw, Lansing, and Pontiac before settling permanently in Detroit. When Detroit department store magnate Joseph L. Hudson sold 135 acres of Woodward Avenue farmland to the Michigan State Agricultural Society in 1905 for $1, the permanent home of the Michigan State Fair was established. On February 12, 2009, Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm signed an executive order effectively ending a 160-year tradition--the Michigan State Fair.
ISBN: 9780738577890
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 217
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
John Minnis has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and journalist. Lauren Beaver is a Michigan State University student pursuing a career in book publishing. Photographs included in Michigan State Fair are courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library, Wayne State University's Walter P. Reuther Library, Michigan and state fair archives, and promoter Bob Harris. This book will serve as a lasting memory of the Nation's Oldest State Fair.
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