8th annual U.P. State Fair drawing sizeable crowds with new attractions

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ESCANABA – A sure way to know when it’s summer time in northern Michigan is the annual U.P. State Fair.

A tradition unlike any other, the event has been drawing families to the fair grounds for decades.

“People come back over and over again just to meet up with friends,” says Vickie Micheau, Executive Director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce. “Particularly, on the exhibitors side, we have kids that have grown up together in the fair and now they have children of their own and those kids are growing up together and spending a lot of time together at the fair.”
 
What would a state fair be without its signature elephant ears, carnival rides, and livestock?
 
“What we continue to do is try to bring free entertainment so that when people cross through the gates, after they’ve paid that gate admission, there’s a lot for them to do and see on the fair grounds without having to make a significant investment,” said Micheau. “We’re absolutely family friendly, affordable fun.”
 
Delta Force P.I. have supplied security at the fair for the last four years now. This year brings with it a new partner.
 
“We’re proud to have our newest officer, Delta,” said Molly Barron, Director of Security for Delta Force P.I. LLC. “She’s a year and a half Belgian Malinois and we’ve recently been certified for explosive detection. This is Delta’s first fair and she is doing wonderful.”
 
With security tight and the attractions aglow, confidence for a successful year is high.
 
“If you look at our opening day numbers from this year as compared to last year, our numbers were higher this year and last year was a record breaking opening day,” said Micheau. “We feel really confident that this year is going to be another phenomenal year at the 906 State Fair, Michigan’s only State Fair.”
 
You can find a full schedule of events at this year’s U.P. State Fair by heading over to their website.

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