There were SO many animals! Everything from goats, cows and chickens to ducks, rabbits, and sheep! They were super cute, and some of the farmers showing their animals even had buckets of carrots and corn and the like that visitors could feed to their animals. I had the chance to chat with a lady who raised brown cows for milking, and she told me that she considered them a part of her family and that they will stay on her farm until they die, and that she would never consider killing them. I was very touched by how much she cared for them. They were mostly tethered like the one above, (so they couldn’t run wild I imagine?), but when she walked up to them, they stood up and put their heads on her shoulder! It was so sweet!
This little guy (or gal?) was very interested in camera! I took this photo seconds before he tried to take a bite out of my lens haha.
Look at this chicken!!! Isn’t it massive?! For perspective, here it is compared to other, large chickens!
Still massive! According to the sign, his beefy legs are a natural part of his breed, not a result of steroids.
This little grey duck was so sweet! She waddled up to the edge of the cage when we came by. Evidently someone judges animals at state fairs, and this little one won third. They need to do their job better, she was just the cutest thing!! [Can you tell I love animals? haha]
All of the animals were housed in the large white building at the back of the photo, and the above was the main midway of the fair. There were lots of rides for children (note the smaller ferris wheel in the upper left corner), and tons for adults to do as well!
These pretzels were AMAZING! We got a mozzarella pretzel with garlic and Parmesan sauce, oh man was it tasty!
There were lots of other traditional carnival foods as well, such as cotton candy, french fries, and snow cones. I thought they may have had a place where I could buy a salad (like I said, I’d never been to one and it seemed logical enough considering all of the farmers I had just seen inside!), but it was not meant to be 🙁
This was such a beautiful ferris wheel! The seats were even more neon in person! There was also a smaller, child sized ferris wheel on the other side of the carnival with the rest of the children’s rides, but we stayed here with the faster and larger rides!
Robin insisted on getting cotton candy, which we then had to carry around on our rides haha. It was actually really tasty!
I absolutely loved the rich colors of this ride! I couldn’t help but take a picture of it, even though we didn’t get a chance to ride it.
There were probably three or four of these cotton candy stands around!
Look at those glistening buns!
All of the bright colors, flags, flashing lights, and loud music, made me wish I would have started going to state fairs as a kid, it was so much fun!
These fun slides seem fun until you’re flying down them at terminal velocity with nothing to stop you from bouncing around!
I hope we get the chance to go back next year, because I really enjoyed my time at the Michigan State Fair! If we go back, we will definitely bring my nieces and nephew, because I think this is something they would absolutely love too! Special thanks to Fifth Third Bank for sponsoring this awesome event!