As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a festival connoisseur.
My years of extensive research have led me to conclude that every fair offers something unique. Some are home to nostalgic carnival rides. Others exhibit animals, everything from the biggest cow to the tiniest duckling. Still others feature pageants that crown inspirational young women from the community. And some merely boast the best deep-fried Oreos around.
Luckily, there’s one fair that manages to capture all of those things and more: the Armada Fair.
To many Michiganders, the Armada Fair is something of a legend. And to fair enthusiasts like me, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
This year the fair runs from Aug. 14-20. During that time, thousands will gather nightly to experience the thrill of a bump-and-run, a figure-eight race or demolition derby, for which the fair is famed. Other main events include truck and tractor pulls, a rodeo and a concert by Brothers Osborne.
During the day, fairgoers can experience everything from robotics demonstrations, to dog obedience shows, to silent art auctions. And you won’t want to miss the free eating contests held daily, featuring watermelon, corn, pizza and pie.
The Armada Fair is packed with activities for people of all ages, so much so that it would be impossible to mention them all. You can browse the full schedule here. Get your tickets soon, and revel in the magic of this fantastic Macomb County tradition.
Jenna Russell is a summer intern for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She is a senior at Oakland University.