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Oakland County Fair opens

June 26, 2013 - Alex Fuller has been participating in 4-H and the Oakland County Fair for a decade now and every year, she tries to do new things.

Even after 10 years, it isn't hard to find new events to compete in, or new attractions to enjoy at the fair, and this year will be no exception— with more time to have fun. The 2013 fair is the longest ever— stretching out over 11 days, from July 4-14, at the Springfield Oaks County Park, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg. This is also the first year the fair has opened on a holiday.

"We've never tried this before, we have more activities planned and we're keeping our fingers crossed," said L.C. Scramlin, general manager for the Oakland County Fair. "We have fireworks right on the night of the fourth and (visitors) can enjoy the circus, racing pigs, Miracle of Birth... We have a full carnival, two petting zoos, the exhibits and great fair food."

Fuller will have plenty of chances to take home ribbons this year. The 15-year-old Groveland Township resident will not only compete in equestrian events with her quarterhorse Rudy and in obedience, agility, rally and drill team events with her dog, Flynn, but she has been working on exhibits all year for fair including three art entries (charcoal drawing, pencil drawing and a watercolor) as well as eight photographs for various categories. She will also compete in baking and has been tweaking fudge and cookie recipes.

Fair and 4-H, she said, are helpful in teaching life skills and just fun in general.

"I have an entire schedule, it's so good for organization," said Fuller. "I like getting to meet new people and there are so many interesting things to see. We live fair."

Her younger sister, Samantha Fuller, 7, also participates in fair. This year, Samantha will submit for judging a rocket, a Lego ship, and a pillow she made from a favorite sweatshirt. She and Alex will stay at the fair campground for the duration of the fair.

"It gives me the chance to go on the rides whenever I want," noted Alex. "I love it. We are entering exhibits all week and taking care of animals."

She and Samantha will also volunteer at the chocolate milk stand and Samantha is also looking forward to the demolition derby, which Scramlin said will return this year after a 2-year hiatus.

"We're calling it 'Night of Destruction,'" he laughs. "There is also the big Pinewood Derby and the Ellis Barn is filled with exhibits. It's one of the most remarkable barns still around. There is something for everybody and admission to the fair is only $10 per carload, there is no other charge to get in, unless it's a grandstand event or the carnival."

Discounts on admission can be obtained by bringing canned food for a Gleaner's Food Bank fundraiser.

For more details on fair events and times, or general information, visit or call 248-634-8830.

Susan covers Brandon Township and Ortonville
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