Michigan woman wins national 4-H Award (4-30-12)

Milking Animals & Biosecurity at county fairs in Michigan (4-26-12)

Eli Young Band won the Country Song of the Year Award at the 2012 Country Music Awards. Congratulations!
The group appeared at the MAFE Showcase just a couple of years back and were brought to us by:
Klein’s Entertainment
RJ Kaltenbach.
Contact info: 815.943.9777, info@kleinsentertainment.com or www.kleinsentertainment.com

Eastern Michigan State Fair name change (4-27-12)

H2B Visas – temporary work visas propoded changes postponed till October 1, 2012 (4-30-12)

Amusement Ride Saferty Board, is recomended to be abolished by the Office of Regulatiry Reinvention, section #B3 (4-30-12)

Michigan Food Code Law revisions pending before the Legislature (4-30-12)

Michigan State Fair surplus inventotry list

Contact noonanm@michigan.gov to schedule an apointment May 9 or 10, 2012 t have an opportunity to tag any of the items left at the Michigan State fair for a flat $5.00 per fair for any items. click for list

Charitable Millionaires Parties moved to Michigan Gaming Control Board by Executive Order of Governor Snyder (4-11-12)

Youth labor revisions in agriculture suspended by US Dept of Labor (4-26-12)

Michigan 2012 Homemaker of the Year Guidelines & application

2013 MAFE Events Brochure

Michigan State Fair property

Governor Snyder will be signing HB 4803, April 9, 2012.

“This is an act to authorize the state administrative board to transfer or convey a certain parcel of state-owned property
of approximately 6 acres in Wayne county; to prescribe conditions for the transfer or conveyance; to create a state
fairgrounds sale advisory committee; to provide for certain powers and duties of certain state departments and agencies
in regard to the property; to provide for disposition of revenue derived from the conveyance of the property; and to
provide for the disposal of fixtures and equipment on the property.”

Also, regarding county fairs
an amendment that states:

Sec 1 (3) The department shall attempt to dispose of surplus, salvage, and scrap fixtures and equipment on the property
described in subsection (1) by donating or selling the fixtures and equipment to county or other local fairs. The
department may dispose of as otherwise provided by law any surplus, salvage, or scrap fixture or equipment not
donated or sold to a county or other local fair. The property described in subsection (1) includes all surplus, salvage, and
scrap property or equipment remaining on the property as of the date of the conveyance or transfer.

Click here for HB 4803 for the actual bill language and here for the Floor Summary.

We will now have to monitor when & how the surplus may be disposed of.

Livestock Exhibition Requirements for 2012

Governor Snyder’s 2012 Welcome letter to Michigan’s Fairs

MDARD Driector Creagh’s 2012 Welcome letter to Michigan’s Fairs

State Designates 10-mile Radius Cattle Testing Areas in Northeast Lower Michigan (Feb 12, 2012)

Michigan Commission on Agriculture & Rural Develpment Elects New Officers (Feb 15, 2012)

John M Campbell, Longest serving Allegan County Fair Baord member, obituary (posted Feb. 13, 2012)

Senator Debbie Stabenow applauds reversal of Farm Labor Law for Youth (posted Feb 2, 2012)

Kids can keep working on family farms under old trules.. for now (posted Feb 2, 2012)

Thomas Braun, Past-President MAFE 1984 (posted Feb 1, 2012)
Thomas E. Braun, age 73, of Fowlerville, died Sunday Jan. 29, 2012 at home. He was born April 11, 1938 to Edward Clinton and Luella E. (Goll) Braun.
He was a 1957 graduate of Fowlerville High School and served in the US Army National Guard. He was a member of Fowlerville First United Methodist Church, Rotary, the Commercial Club, Fowlerville Agriculture Society, Managed the Fowlerville Fair for over 20 years, was President of Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions (MAFE) in 1984, served on the Livingston County Board of Social Services and loved trains.
Tom married Dawn Wyzlic in 1967 at Fowlerville First United Methodist Church. He owned Braun Cleaners, which was founded in 1954 by his parents, retiring in 2005.
Surviving are his wife: Dawn, 3 children: Kurt (Kristin) of Northville, Keri (Kevin) Kater of Oxford, Kami (Chris) Kargel of Fowlerville, 6 grandchildren: Tim Braun, Greg Braun, Makenna Kater, Peyton Kater, Ryan Kargel and Grant Kargel, Sister: Virginia Lehman of Kansas and brother: Gregory (Cathy) Braun of Williamston.
Services: 11AM Thursday Feb. 2, 2012 at Fowlerville First United Methodist Church with Kathy DeForest officiating.
Visitation: 2-4 & 6-8PM Wed Niblack Funeral Home, Dillingham Liverance Chapel.
Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: the Family Impact Center of Fowlerville or First United Methodist Church.

Niblack Funeral Home
1005 E Grand River Ave
Fowlerville MI 48836

MDARD County Fair Year End Report Forms:

Carnival-Amusement Safety Act of 1966 (Act 225 of 1996)

Pure Michigan Campaign Wins 10th Mercury Award (Sept 5, 2011)

Zimmerman Named State Tourism Director of the Year (Sept 5, 2011)

Mobile & Temporary Food Service Fees for 2012-2013 license year as adjusted by the Detroit consumer price index

1099′s and Livestock Sales/Auctions – Frequently Asked Questions from the IRS (7-6-11)

Unpaid Youth Volunteers Exempt from Work Permits at County Fairs Legislation:
given To Governor Snyder for his signature at 3:54 pm July 6, 2011.
Passed the House 110-0 (6-23-11); passed the Senate 38-0 (6-30-11)
A Big Thank you to Representative Ken Goike, 33rd District and the 50 addtional Representatives that co-sponsored HB4727.
Click here to download the legislation passed. (7-6-11)

Horsemen participating in State-Funded Harness Horse Racing at County Fairs notification (7-6-11)
Presentation before the Michigan Seanate Appropriations Committee on Agriclture & Rural Development (March 15, 2011)
Please share my comments with your members and local elected officials.

Michigan’s Coggins testing requirements (March 7, 2011)

Western Michigan Fair Association Receives $10,000 Grant – The Western Michigan Fair Association has received a $10,000 grant from the Midland-based Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation for assisting with the Mason County Fairgrounds grandstand roof replacement project (Feb 21, 2011).

Lemonade Blanket Company Thank You Letter (Feb 16, 2011)

U.S. Senate Passes 1099 Repeal, The NonProfit Times (February 14, 2011)

Rural areas are priority as Keith Creagh takes helm of state Agriculture Department

Morning Sun, Feb 13, 2011
DETROIT (AP) – For Keith Creagh, a 33-year veteran of the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the chance to lead the agency as it takes on the broader mission of strengthening the state’s rural communities is allowing him to put his passion for agricultural policy back to work.
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President of the Armada Fair elected to Michigan Legislature, November 2, 2010
Ken Goike Jr, President of the Armada Fair, was elected to Michigan’s House of Representatives 33rd District.

Concessionaire’s Sales Tax form (2271)
Explanation of form 2271

Smoking Legislation

State of Michigan website link: www.michigan.gov/smokefreelaw

Frequently Asked Questions (May 17, 2010)
Frequently Asked Questions (April 12, 2010)

Animal Health Emergency Action Plan discussion template (March 23, 2009)