Michigan State Fair

Registered Site S0172

Michigan State Fair

America's first state fair, conducted by the Michigan Agricultural Society with the support of the legislature and local citizens, was held in Detroit on Sept. 25-27, 1849. About $800 in premiums were awarded for those "articles, productions and improvements" that were "best calculated to promote the agricultural and household manufacturing interests of the State." The site of this annual fair was often moved until 1905 when it was given a permanent home here.
photo of Michigan State Fair

Dedication Photo

Governor G. Mennen Williams dedicating the Michigan State Fair marker in 1958
photo of Dedication Photo

Dedication photo courtesy of the State Historical Commission
Erected 1958

Location: Fair grounds near band shell
Detroit, Wayne County


Latitude: 42.4426828, Longitude: -83.1169903

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