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Saginaw County Fair Complaint - Sad state of af-fair

Review by old fart on 2007-08-03
SAGINAW, MICHIGAN -- Many years ago when I was a lad I could always look forward to going to the county fair in Saginaw.In the 50's and 60's it would keep me busy for a week going through the exhibit barns, trying all the rides on the midway, playing the games and eating myself into a stupor on concession food.

The fairgrounds occupied a square mile at the corner of Hess and Genesee streets and was the largest county fair east of the rockies

As the town changed, due to the '67 riots, the attendance dropped from 2 or 3 hundred thousand to practically nothing and the fair was moved to Chesaning, Michigan. This is a real cowtown and to say the least, a most unwelcome change took place. The fair now is about what you'd expect to see at the Munger Potato festival or the Skeels, Mi. homecoming!The are a few crappy rides, a few food stands and a couple barns with animals and handicrafts. The whole thing can be seen in about 4 hours.

I know you can't go back again but it is a da*n shame that an entire county would give up the heritage that it had in it's grasp!
Comments:3 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-08-04
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-04:
It's very much like the country fair where I live. Years ago it had a great rural flavor. The area has become so built up that it's almost urban. Gangs take over certain areas as their turf. Parents don't take children during night hours because the carnival area is too dangerous what with the gangs roaming around picking fights and general mayhem.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-04:
Come on out to Sacramento,The California State Fair opens in a few weeks.

"very helpful"
Posted by old fart on 2007-08-04:
Steve: If I could, I would!
The reason the Saginaw County fair was so large was because the Michigan State Fair preceded it and most of the attractions simply had to drive 90 miles north to set up. We had the best of all possible worlds!

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