Chicca, a member of the Marvelous Mutts, performs at the Oakland County Fair in 2016.

Chicca, a member of the Marvelous Mutts, performs at the Oakland County Fair in 2016.

File photo by Deb Jacques


Oakland County Fair returns July 9-18

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published July 1, 2021

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Families will finally be able to celebrate a true Oakland County summer, the way it’s meant to be, with the return of the annual Oakland County Fair next month.

Just in time for its 50th anniversary, the popular event will return to Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg July 9-18 after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The theme of the fair will be “Best Day Ever,” with a variety of different themed celebrations throughout the week, including Summer Memories, Seniors Day, Science Day, Experience the Magic and others.

Of course, the old favorites will be available for fairgoers to enjoy, like livestock displays, the SuperKicker Rodeo, demolition derby races, a movie night, live music and plenty more. The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Department will once again host the festivities.

“The Oakland County Fair celebrates Oakland County’s rural agricultural heritage and provides children with the opportunity to see farm animals up close while being thrilled by carnival rides, attractions and main arena performances,” Oakland County Parks and Recreation Interim Executive Officer Sue Wells said in a prepared statement. “It’s the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon or evening with friends or family.”

Though it’s been five decades since the beginning of the fair — nearly as old as the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Department itself — the event actually dates back to the 1880s, when the fair was hosted by the Milford Agricultural Society. It was later moved to the Pontiac area in the 1950s.

During its early years, the fair was a place for the community to gather and do a little agricultural business. Farmers and ranchers displayed and marketed their goods, and finer offerings competed for those coveted first-place blue ribbons.

While you might not take home an exceptional farm animal after a visit to the fair these days, the educational opportunities are still there for all ages, introducing agriculture and biology to spectators in an exciting, live setting.

“The mission of the Oakland County Fair is to provide a public showcase for youth and to provide educational experiences through hands-on exhibits, demonstrations and presentations,” Sara Ressler, the assistant general manager for the Oakland County Fair Association, said in an email.

Though conditions are considerably safer than they were this time last year as far as the spread of COVID-19, safety is still top of mind for event organizers. Masks are encouraged for those who are not vaccinated, and numerous hand sanitation stations will be available throughout the fairgrounds. Volunteers from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be on hand to clean frequently used surfaces throughout the day.

Many activities are included with the cost of admission to the fair, but others, like various race events and concerts, require additional tickets. Those can be purchased in advance at OakFair.org or at the fairgrounds.

The cost to enter the Oakland County Fair is $12 daily per vehicle, $6 per motorcycle and $6 per person walking in. Those with annual vehicle permits for Oakland County parks can enter for free on Friday, July 9, and Thursday, July 15. A complete schedule of activities is available on the fair website.

Springfield Oaks County Park is located at 12451 Andersonville Road in Davisburg.

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