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Genesee County Fair competes for visitors

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(08/14/12) - While Back to the Bricks has established itself as a Mid-Michigan summer tradition, a much longer running event will be competing for your time and attention this week.

For over a century and a half, Genesee County has hosted its annual gathering of food, fun, people and animals.

It's a celebration, that to this day, reminds us of our farming heritage.

William McChesney, from Clio, brought his grandchildren to the fair. For him, it's about, "The livestock, the exhibits down here and seeing what the 4H kids have done and see what our future is going to look like."

Others enjoy the fair for the nostalgia. "My husband was a farmer back in the good old days. I lived on a farm too, so, we know all about the animals," says Inez Rose, from Hadley.

Part of the charm of a county fair is the interaction and competition between local youth and the animals they raise. Davison native Jena Hill just won a trophy for Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder with her calf, 'Bubba'. "We got him in about March and just got to work with him every day."

Another fair tradition is all the food, a variety of aromas that fill the air and beckons to fair-goers. From elephant ears covered in powdered sugar to funnel cakes to one of Southfield native Jovita Moffett's favorites. "I've got a corn dog. So, I'm eating lunch. You can't come out to the fair without having a corn dog."

Fair organizers try to come up with new ideas to blend tradition with innovation.

"We try to introduce new things to get more people involved from the community, like our senior citizens activities we're doing today," said Executive Director Christian Miller.

Sometimes that means new vendor booths, musical acts or helpful community organization services.

But, any way you stack it up, there is plenty to do this week, whether it's watching vehicles with four wheels or livestock with four legs.

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