Oakland County Fair returns July 3-12

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published July 1, 2015


OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s just not quite summer until you’ve sipped a lemonade and taken a spin around the Ferris wheel at an old-fashioned community fair.

And Oakland County Parks and Recreation does not disappoint. This year’s county fair is set to kick off July 3 with more than a week’s worth of events to draw families to Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg.

Guests can look forward to old favorites like carnival rides and amusements, contests, free concerts, fireworks, and a perennial crowd pleaser, 50 cent bottomless glasses of chocolate milk.

Little ones can get up close with their favorite farm animals at the safari petting zoo and even watch some be born in the Miracle of Birth Barn, thanks to the 4-H Club. Antique tractors and motorcycles will be on display, stallions will strut their stuff in the horse shows, and pigs will compete to see who’s fastest in daily races. Many of the activities will be housed in the historic Ellis Barn, the oldest barn in the state.

“The Oakland County Fair is always a favorite among the county residents, and we are proud to be the presenting sponsor,” Oakland County Parks Executive Officer Dan Stencil said in a prepared statement.

Though many of the attractions will be available daily through July 12, fair organizers have something different planned for each day. The evening grandstand events range from an off-road demolition derby to championship figure-eight races. Monster trucks and the Super Kicker rodeo are on the docket, too.

Among the highlights of this year’s schedule is a free concert by TJ Craven and Grant Reiff 8-10 p.m. July 3, followed by a fireworks show. Children’s Theatre of Michigan will take the stage with performances, contests and hands-on activities for Toddler Tuesday July 7, and July 9 will give guests with disabilities the chance to ride carnival rides 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for free following a special circus performance at 10 a.m.

The week wraps up with dog shows and a teddy bear parade for the younger set July 11, and finally, those with a parking tag from a previous visit can take one more tour around the fairway July 12 for free.

“I always tell people there’s something for everybody, and this year is no different,” said the fair’s general manager, L.C. Scramlin. “We’ve got all kinds of stuff daily, from animals to sewing and lumberjacks, great food, a wonderful midway, and then there’s something in the arena every night. Anyone that wants to come out and enjoy the day, we can sure show them a good time.”

Admission to the fair is included in the price of parking, which is $10 per vehicle or $5 per motorcycle. Fair entry is free July 3 and 9 for those with a 2015 Oakland County Parks vehicle permit, as well as July 4 to all military personnel and July 6 for seniors.

For more information on the annual Oakland County Fair, including a list of daily events, visit www.oakfair.org.