Brothers of the Brush


In celebration of this 175th anniversary year for the Lenawee County Fair several Fair Board members are sporting beards or other facial hair evident in the accompanying photo. Of course, perhaps the intensity of this winter’s weather may have contributed to their decision for facial covering as well.

FYI – The fair began in a small warehouse on South Main Street in downtown Adrian in 1839. The first fair was organized as a society for the promotion of agriculture in the County of Lenawee. Today’s organizational name for the fair remains the Agricultural Society of Lenawee County. Early fairs were held in a number of locations. Area farmers brought their crops and vegetables to display at the fair as the harvest season marked the end of summer and the time for fall county fair festivities. Over the years fair volunteers faced challenges that might have discouraged a less sturdy stock of fair organizers.

Fast forward to 2014 – our 175th anniversary. All Fair Board members and a multitude of volunteers are of the same mind set as those in the 1800’s, i.e. to promote the agricultural richness of our county while providing a family oriented fair with positive entertainment and friendly competition. They are as dedicated to the hard work and commitment required for the fair to flourish and be sustainable as the early settlers were. Plans are underway for this 175th fair to be a grand celebration.

What is the first thought that comes to your mind when the fair season approaches? Is it midway fun, 4-H and FFA youth projects, motorsports with many local drivers, fair food, music and talent shows, or reminiscing with those people you see at the fair every year? Whatever your favorite attraction may be, this year’s fair promises to deliver. The Centennial Farm exhibit will be the largest yet, a taxidermy display is planned and the Lost Arts area started last year will be expanded. Of course, the Figure 8’s, Tuff Truck and Car Competition along with Tractor Pulls & the Diesel Truck pull will provide grandstand audiences with thundering cars, trucks and tractors blasting and banging around the track. Music will be featured on the Bandshell along with other entertainment and a Grandstand concert is in the works. Our new midway last year, Big Rock Amusements, is returning. The barns and the buildings will be full. This year’s Fair Board truly endorses this year’s theme, “The Best is Yet to Come!”

Stay tuned for additional information throughout the spring and summer. See you at the fair!