The first official Michigan State Fair was held in 1849, which was claimed to be the oldest state fair in the United States. Received it’s permanent home in Detroit at the Michigan State Fair Grounds in 1905
In 1904, Joseph L. Hudson, together with three of his associates, decided to give the State Fair its permanent home. They formed the State Fair Land Company, which acquired 135 acres between 7½ and 8 Mile Roads, east of Woodward Avenue. Because Hudson had no interest in running the fair, he sold the land to the Michigan State Agricultural Society for one dollar on April 18, 1905. The Agricultural Society accepted the land then purchased an additional 32 acres extending the fairgrounds to 167 acres . Throughout the following years, additional land was purchased and sold. The present size of the fairgrounds is 164 acres
On October 30th 2009 Jennifer Granholm vetoed legislation to provide funding to the Michigan Fair. was the last year the Fair was held in Detroit!