Its seems like the U.P. State Fair and its leadership are moving in the right direction.
The fair had a good week last week. Headline entertainment was announced for this year's fair. The public also learned racing would be returning to the fairgrounds. Last, but certainly not least, the U.P. State Fair Authority got a financial update on the fairgrounds that included a positive fund balance.
The U.P. State Fair leadership should be proud of what they have accomplished thus far. It was just last August that the U.P. State Fair was purchased from the state for $1 after Michigan decided to get out of the fair business.
Since that time, efforts to make the fair and fairgrounds viable and successful seem to be moving forward at a steady pace. The U.P. State Fair leadership is bringing a lot of old favorites back to the event this year. At the same time, they are also trying a few new attractions to keep it fresh.
The grandstand entertainment lineup is also impressive. Acts like Everclear, the Oak Ridge Boys, Orianthi, Gloriana and Jessie James are top notch acts and provide something for everyone. The fair leadership have also wisely continued the practice of having admission to grandstand entertainment included in the price of an admission ticket to the fair. This practice will only bring more people in to enjoy the shows and through the gates of the fair.
Granted, the U.P. State Fair is still five months away and there is still much work to be done. The U.P. State Fair Authority and fair leadership, however, seem up to the task and all indications point to a successful year.
Support is needed from the public, however. Attend this year's fair and encourage others to do so. After all, this year's fair is truly a U.P. endeavor. The people of the U.P. united to continue the fair after the state no longer wanted it. Through hard work and determination, it lives on.
Today, the U.P. State Fair is the only state fair in Michigan. The downstate Michigan State Fair is gone through either a lack of interest, effort, or both. The U.P. State Fair lives on. Yoopers should be proud.