Michigan State Fairgrounds

Address: 
1120 W. State Fair Avenue
City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Postal Code: 
48203
Opened: 
1905

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The first official Michigan State Fair was held in 1849, which is claimed by the state of Michigan to be the oldest state fair in the United States. The first fair was held in Detroit, Michigan. Subsequent fairs were held in other cities until it received its permanent home in 1905 at the Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit.

In 1904, Joseph L. Hudson, together with three of his associates, decided to give the State Fair its permanent home. They formed the State Fair Land Company, which acquired 135 acres (0.55 km2) between 7½ and 8 Mile Roads, east of Woodward Avenue. Because Hudson had no interest in running the fair, he sold the land to the Michigan State Agricultural Society for one dollar on April 18, 1905. The Agricultural Society accepted the land then purchased an additional 32 acres (130,000 m2), extending the fairgrounds to 167 acres (0.68 km2). Throughout the following years, additional land was purchased and sold. The present size of the fairgrounds is 164 acres (0.66 km2).

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Concerts

Event Datesort descending Featured Artist(s)
89th Michigan State Fair 08/30/1938 Benny Goodman
90th Michigan State Fair 09/01/1939 Benny Goodman
90th Michigan State Fair 09/02/1939 Benny Goodman
90th Michigan State Fair 09/03/1939 Benny Goodman
90th Michigan State Fair 09/07/1939 Wayne King
91st Michigan State Fair 09/05/1940 Ted Fio Rito
Fred Waring Show 08/21/1941 Fred Waring
Artie Shaw Orchestra 11/08/1941 Artie Shaw
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 10/26/1947 Tommy Dorsey
Carmen Cavallero / Dorothy Shay 04/10/1948 Carmen Cavallaro
Lawrence Tech Dance 04/17/1948 Stan Kenton
June Christy
Vaughn Monroe Orchestra 05/21/1948 Vaughn Monroe
Vaughn Monroe Orchestra 05/22/1948 Vaughn Monroe
Vaughn Monroe Orchestra 05/23/1948 Vaughn Monroe
Woody Herman Orchestra 10/23/1948 Woody Herman
100th Michigan State Fair 09/02/1949 Hank Williams
World's Greatest Dance 05/20/1950 Ray Anthony
Tommy Dorsey
Wayne King
UD Carnival Dance 04/13/1951 Duke Ellington
Harry Carney
Al Hibbler
Ray Nance
UD Carnival Dance 04/14/1951 Duke Ellington
Harry Carney
Al Hibbler
Ray Nance
102nd Michigan State Fair 09/02/1951 The Andrews Sisters
102nd Michigan State Fair 09/03/1951 The Andrews Sisters
102nd Michigan State Fair 09/04/1951 The Andrews Sisters
103rd Michigan State Fair 08/29/1952 Don Cornell
Ella Fitzgerald
Mary Ford
The Harmonicats
Gene Krupa
Al Martino
Les Paul
Kirby Stone Four
Billy Ward & His Dominoes
103rd Michigan State Fair 08/30/1952 Don Cornell
Ella Fitzgerald
Mary Ford
The Harmonicats
Gene Krupa
Al Martino
Les Paul
Kirby Stone Four
Billy Ward & His Dominoes
103rd Michigan State Fair 08/31/1952 Don Cornell
Ella Fitzgerald
Mary Ford
The Harmonicats
Gene Krupa
Al Martino
Les Paul
Kirby Stone Four
Billy Ward & His Dominoes

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