The Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship recognizes young people who are making a difference in cities, towns and villages by clearing, planting and harvesting garden space for their families and neighborhoods. The winners of the scholarships received a total of $30,000 divided between the areas of competition.
The original Michigan State Fair debuted in Detroit in 1849 and was one of the first statewide fair events to take place in the country. It moved to its permanent home at the fairgrounds on Woodward Avenue in 1905 and was staged there until 2009, when it was discontinued due to ongoing budget issues.
Blair Bowman brought the Michigan State Fair back to Novi with Fifth Third Bank as the major sponsor.
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