Upper Peninsula State Fair
In April 1927, Michigan Governor Fred W. Green signed Act 89, which stated that "an annual state fair at the City of Escanaba, which shall have for its main purpose the exploiting, and encouragement of improved methods in agriculture and industrial pursuits I hereby authorize." The opening day of the first Upper Peninsula State Fair was September 17, 1928. The present site encompasses 120 acres (0.49 km2) of land and 24 buildings. It also includes nearly 700 campsites.
In 2010, the state ceased funding for the fair and the downstate Michigan State Fair due to budget problems. Control of fair operations has been passed onto the U.P. State Fair Authority which includes representatives from each county in the U.P. and the Hannahville Indian Community. Despite the discontinuation of the downstate Michigan State Fair, which has failed to attract outside funding and struggled with sharply dropping attendance through the years, the U.P. State Fair will continue on into the foreseeable future.
- Lancour, Jenny (August 22, 2009). "U.P. State Fair Changes Hands". Daily Press. Escanaba.
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