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The Hillsdale County Fair draws thou­sands every year. Founded in 1851, “The Most Popular Fair on Earth” boasts a car­nival, 4-H exhibits, grand­stand events, and a slew of other activ­ities. It’s a slice of Pure Amer­icana. 

 

One of the barns at the entrance to the fair­grounds. (Danielle Lee/Collegian)

 

Award-winning wool. (Danielle Lee/Collegian)

 

French fries from one of the many Fiske fry stands. (Danielle Lee/Collegian)

 

The Fireball attraction from the Skerbeck Family Car­nival. (Josephine Von Dohlen/Collegian)
Keith Stickley, founder of the Great American Sideshow Company, per­forms. (Josephine Von Dohlen/Collegian)

 

Rows and rows of antique tractors lined the back of the fair­grounds. (Danielle Lee/Collegian)

 

A goat. (Danielle Lee/Collegian)
Booths of classic fair food offer fair goers a sweet treat. (Danielle Lee/Collegian)
The Century Wheel lifts riders over 60 ft above the ground. (Danielle Lee/Collegian)

 

The Skerbeck Family Car­nival Midway (Danielle Lee/Collegian)