NOVI (WWJ) — It is now year four for The Michigan State Fair at its new home in Novi, and organizers say it is bigger and better than ever.

Sixty percent more agriculture exhibitors, double the size of the circus and at least a 50 percent bigger midway with more rides and games and food are just some of the improvements made this year.

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Managing Member Blair Bowman said that the State Fair Board has also come up with graduated admission pricing, ranging from as little as $5 for fair admission, up to $30 for an “everything” wristband, which includes access to every single event happening at the fair.

“Last year, people were saying,’well what if I just want to go see the circus?,” Bowman said. “Or if a grandparent brought a small grandchild — even if they’re under two — which we let into the fair for free, but they needed a wristband to ride rides because of the insurance and the regulation programs. So we actually, this year, individual tickets for rides, too.”

Bowman said that the a la cart admission pricing has made the festival bigger and better than ever, along with it being more affordable.

“It’s $6 in advance — $5 for children to visit the fair and then you can choose what you want to do,” Bowman said. “You can upgrade to a circus-only band or ride-only band or actually purchase individual tickets for the rides.”

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Bowman — who owns the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi where the fair is now held — said that the purchase of 20 acres of land to the west of the expo center freed up space for the additional attractions and exhibitors.

Attendance — weather cooperating — should top 100,ooo this year, according to Bowman, for the fair that runs through Monday.


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