Circus included in Michigan state fair's return

The Great Lakes State Fair will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi

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NOVI, Mich. - Plans for reviving the state fair in Michigan include a circus as well as more traditional agricultural events, competitions and entertainment offerings.

The Great Lakes State Fair will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Organizers this week announced more details of the attractions, including Shrine Circus shows that are expected to include high wire performances, acrobatics, clowns and wild animal acts.

Kent Roberts, vice chairman of the Great Lakes State Fair Board, says organizers are "delighted to bring back a state tradition" with modern updates.

The Michigan State Fair, which took place in Detroit, closed in 2009 because of a lack of funding. In addition to having a different name and location, the new event isn't funded by the state.

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