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Taking Agriculture out of the Great Lakes Agricultural Fair

posted on June 17, 2011

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A new agriculture-themed Labor Day weekend event planned for the Pontiac Silverdome is being changed to go on without animals or plants.

The Great Lakes Agricultural Fair was scheduled to take place inside and outside the former suburban home of the NFL's Detroit Lions. The Detroit News reports Thursday that organizers say they needed more time to get the agricultural aspects in order, and may add those in 2012.

Instead, the event is being renamed the Great Lakes Fair. Music, food, games, rides and concerts are planned.

When it was announced earlier this year, the event was intended to fill a void left by the cancellation of the long-running Michigan State Fair.

The Michigan State Fair, which opened in 1849, was the nation's oldest and last was held in 2009.


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