The Michigan State Fairgrounds

Let me take you on a quick tour of the Michigan State Fairgrounds.  Until this year, I had never been there, and I'm sad to admit that I was a little underwhelmed with the facilities.  The fairgrounds are starting to look a little dog-eared, and needs some sprucing up.  At the Spring Show, the bleachers by the warm-up ring had inch thick crusts of bird poop on them.  No exaggeration.  I didn't look at them this time around to see if they had been cleaned up. There were dead leaves blown up against all of the fences both times, and an alarming amount of trash never made it into a trash can.

The Coliseum is a blast to show in, but after the State Fair, they turn it into an ice rink.  The show was held at the Equestrian Club next door, and the footing in the arena was a little scary.  It's very powdery and slippery, and the rubber mats leading to ring weren't very stable.  I don't remember seeing the ring watered or groomed, and it was very dusty in the arena.  There was a very nice lounge that I didn't discover until Sunday.  If the rest of the place looked like the lounge, this would be an awesome place to show.

Not wanting to dwell on the negative, I snapped some pictures of the more attractive areas at the fairgrounds.  I now regret not taking a picture of the bull - maybe next year?

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Presenting - the fairgrounds!

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Lovely foliage for Blondie to eat.

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Even the flowers were beginning to wilt under the blazing sun

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Stretches and stretches of hot pavement - it was very hot on Saturday.  I think it made it to 80!

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Chilling out in the shade with more flowers.

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