Michigan State Fair: Prices, Schedules and More Info

Here's all the information you need to know about the Great Lakes State Fair in Novi today through Labor Day.

The Great Lakes State Fair is here! The revamped Michigan State Fair runs this weekend in Novi.

The fair is open 8 a.m. to midnight today through Sunday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. Below is all of the information you need to know to plan your visit, including schedules for the midway rides, circus, contests and entertainment.

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Location & Parking

The fair is being held at , located at 46100 Grand River Avenue between Beck Road and Novi Road in Novi. If you're coming from outside of Novi, you can text the Beck Road or the Novi Road exit from I-96.

Parking is available at the Showplace for $5.

Ticket Prices

Al-inclusive tickets at the gate (includes access to all exhibits, unlimited midway rides and one circus performance):

  • $30 for adults and children 12 and older
  • $25 for children 2-12

Tickets for just livestock, indoor exhibits and entertainment at the gate:

  • $8 for adults and children 12 and older
  • $6 for children 2-12

There is no charge for children 2 and younger.

Beer Garden & Outdoor Vendors Hours

  • Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight
  • Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Midway Hours & Info

The midway will have more than 20 rides, including a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, Shock Drop and Pharaoh's Fury. The midway will also have 15 games, including duck pond, milk bottle, rock wall, speedball and more.

More than 30 varieties of treats will also be available on the midway, including elephant ears, deep-fried Twinkies and Oreos, corn dogs, cotton candy, hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries.

Hours are as follows:

  • Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Circus Performance Times

Detroit’s own Shrine Circus will entertain crowds with musical clowns and animal acts, including ponies, canines, tigers and elephants. Aerial daredevils will perform death defying feats on motorcycles, roller skates and in giant wheels and massive swings. Your all-inclusive ticket gets you into one free viewing of the show.

Performances are scheduled as follows:

  • Noon
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 5 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m. (Friday-Sunday only)

Animals, Agricultural Exhibit Hours

Livestock Exhibits

  • Friday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Agriculture and Indoor Vendor Area

  • Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entertainment Schedule


  • 11:00 a.m. - Kidz Klez (traditional Eastern European)
  • 1:30 p.m. - Stray Saints (alternative rock)
  • 3 p.m. - Gratitude Steel Band (inspirational)
  • 4:30 p.m. -  KayLyn Pace and the KayLyn Pace Band (country)
  • 7-11 p.m. - Annabelle Road


  • 11 a.m. - Six Foot Poles (classic rock)
  • 12:30 p.m. - Michael Stefaniak (multi-instrumentalist)
  • 1:45 p.m. - Detroit Soul Men (Blues Brothers tribute band)
  • 2:45 p.m. - Paige Bolen (soul, rock, jazz and pop)
  • 4 p.m. - Tim Reeves (saxophonist)
  • 7-11 p.m. - Jill Jack

Sunday (Gospel Festival):

  • 11 a.m. - Gratitude Steel Band
  • 12:30 p.m. - The Last
  • 2 p.m. - Jeff Taylor Band
  • 3:05 p.m. - Men of Grace
  • 4:15 p.m. - Azusa Street Band
  • 7-11 p.m. - David Shelby


  • 11 a.m. - Jennifer Lawson (acoustic country)
  • 12:15 p.m. - Saline Fiddlers (youth show band)
  • 1:45 p.m. - Marvin Thompson Jr. and Friends (jazz and soul)
  • 3 p.m. - Lyin Dogs Band (moonlighting medical professionals)
  • 4:15 p.m. - John Philips (country)

Contest Schedule

Contests will be held each day on or near the Demonstration Stage. View a .


  • 11:30 a.m. Carrot Drop
  • 12:30 p.m. Hot Dog Eating
  • 1:30 p.m. Pie Eating
  • 2:30 p.m. Watermelon Seed Spitting
  • 3:30 p.m. Ice Cream Eating
  • 4:30 p.m. Hula Hoop
  • 5:30 p.m. Milk Mustache


  • 11:30 a.m. Diaper Derby
  • 12:30 p.m. Longest Beard/Ponytail/Mustache
  • 1:30 p.m. Pie Eating
  • 2:30 p.m. Twin/Triplets Look Alike
  • 2:30 p.m. Father/Son and Mother/Daughter Look Alike
  • 3:30 p.m. Husband and Wife Calling
  • 4:30 p.m. Hula Hoop
  • 5:30 p.m. Pasta Eating


  • 11:30 a.m. Potato Sack Race
  • 12:30 p.m. Corn on the Cob Eating
  • 1:30 p.m. Pie Eating
  • 2:30 p.m. Husband and Wife Calling
  • 3:30 p.m. Frozen T-Shirt
  • 4:30 p.m. Hula Hoop
  • 5:30 p.m. Milk Mustache


  • 11:30 a.m. Potato Sack Race
  • 1:30 p.m. Pie Eating
  • 3:30 p.m. Watermelon Seed Spitting
Pam August 31, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I entered my things in the real State Fair for many years. The entry fees were minimal. As a participant, I received two free passes and discounted parking. I can't afford $60 plus parking to attend. I understand they are trying. I will never forgive Granholm for using the 150 year old State Fair as a poster child for her twisted version of austerity.
EBC August 31, 2012 at 09:41 PM
We are super excited to attend the GLSF! Going for the all inclusive passes and plan on everyone coming back exhausted from fun!
Ce Nowak August 31, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Very disappointed...high price to pay to see vendors selling goods! Many stalls vacant this morning. Will not go back....use to love the state fair
Richard Margittay August 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Hi Rebecca and Pam: I had just left the Great Lakes State Fair in Novi. It was GREAT! You can pay only $8 to enter and see all the display concessins and animals, etc. in a cool air-conditioned building. Additionally, the carnival midway games are not rigged like the Dearborn's Arab International Festival. "Arnold Amusements," a Michigan-based company, is the carnival midway provider at the Novi fair. I checked and photographed each game to find them all to be winnable games of skill. The Michigan state police and Novi city police were there to protect all fair-goers, unlike the Wayne County Sheriff's Department on Warren Avenue during Dearborn's International Arab Festival. Unfortunately, you can expect to see gaffed games back in Dearborn again next year at the Arab Fest courtesy of North American Midway Entertainment becasue no authority in Dearborn seems to have power to keep the scam company out. Arab Fest provider, American Arab Chamber of Commerce, dictates to the City of Dearborn and appears to be quite satisfied with rigged rip-offs brought in by Indiana-based North American Midway Entertainment.
Felicia September 01, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Won't be going to the GLSF. Price is too high for me and would prefer it to be located outdoors.


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