Summer in Michigan = Fairs and Festivals!

It’s summertime in Michigan. For many people, that means enjoying a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as attending a county fair or checking out a local festival.

The Michigan Senate Republicans encourage residents to have a great time with family and friends at one of the countless county fairs and local festivals happening this summer.

Numerous festivals celebrate the outstanding natural and cultural resources in Michigan that make our state such a great place to live and raise a family.

There are several popular festivals going on this weekend. For example, there’s the Brown Trout Festival in Alpena in the northeast Lower Peninsula; the Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City in mid-Michigan; and the Faster Horses country music festival at the Michigan International Speedway in southeast Michigan.

Want to go to a fair? There are several fairs opening this month throughout Michigan — including fairs in Oakland, Barry, Van Buren, Lenawee, Iosco, Schoolcraft, Ontonagon and Monroe counties.

Spending time together as a family at the fair or a festival is not just about fun and food. Children with involved parents tend to fare better in school and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.

Visit www.michigan.org/fairs-festivals to discover upcoming Michigan festivals and county fairs. On the site, residents can also click on useful links that can help you plan a Michigan vacation, including details on places to eat and stay.

Be safe, and have a wonderful time.