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Chamber celebrates 52 years of Village Fair fun

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 25, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — It’s one of the community’s favorite summer traditions, and it’s back again this weekend for four days of family fun.

The Birmingham Village Fair returns to downtown May 28-31 with entertainment, carnival rides, games, prizes and food for all. The celebration will be the 52nd annual event for the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, which hosts the fair every year with help from sponsors to benefit local nonprofits.

“We are looking forward to celebrate the 52nd annual Village Fair this year,” Joe Bauman, president of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, said in a prepared statement. “Thanks to our welcoming and supportive community, city and local merchants, the Village Fair has become a successful event that we greatly look forward to each year. And thanks to the generosity of our partner, United Shore, we have been able to distribute tens of thousands of dollars to our nonprofit partners.”

Joining in the fun this year will be The Community House, which will serve up a barbecue menu and festivities on its outdoor terrace throughout the weekend.

“The Community House is delighted to open up our beautiful outdoor Van Dusen terrace for a series of barbecues during Village Fair week,” Bill Seklar, TCH president and CEO, said in an email. “In the spirit of true community collaboration, TCH invites all Village Fair attendees to take a break and relax ‘under tents’ at TCH.”

Chefs at TCH will have baby back ribs, corn on the cob and coleslaw for adults, and chicken tenders for kids younger than 12. The older set can kick back with a craft beer from Birmingham’s own Griffin Claw Brewery or a glass of wine. Take 10 percent off your food tab when you show up with a fair wristband.

Those wristbands are available at the fair for $20 and will get you access to all the rides you like Thursday and Sunday, as well as from noon-6 p.m. Friday. At peak times, visitors must purchase tickets.

Admission to the Birmingham Village Fair is free. The fair will be held on the streets surrounding Shain Park from noon-10 p.m. May 28, noon-11 p.m. May 29, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 30 and noon-9 p.m. May 31.

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Shain Park is located on Merrill Street, behind City Hall, in downtown Birmingham.