The Hillsdale County Fair has been dubbed the “most popular fair on earth” with good reason. Home to the county’s cultural attractions and agricultural achievements, the fair has been a meaningful staple in the community for more than a century, and students should take advantage of it.
Its quirky exhibits — the hay competition, largest pumpkin, birthing tent, etc. — are an autumn tradition, and they showcase the livelihood of many Hillsdale residents. The farms of Hillsdale County support the town, and students should plug into the community by lending their support.
Parading livestock and crops around the fair might seem trivial to Hillsdale students — many of whom come to the college from various corners of the country — but to Hillsdale residents, the ribbons awarded them mean something.
The fair is more than its weird exhibitions — it’s an annual tradition rooted in the things that make Hillsdale great. It runs from Sept. 23 – 29, so make sure to stop by the fair this week and admire its oddities. And grab the fried cookie dough bites on your way out.