2017-05-17 / News

Kick-off to summer: Organizers prepping for St. Mary’s Fair May 26-29

There will be nearly 50 carnival and games rides at this year’s St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair, which kicks off Friday, May 26 and runs through Monday, May 29 in Orchard Lake. Other attractions include shopping vendors, sports tent, and much more. 
(Photo submitted.) There will be nearly 50 carnival and games rides at this year’s St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair, which kicks off Friday, May 26 and runs through Monday, May 29 in Orchard Lake. Other attractions include shopping vendors, sports tent, and much more. (Photo submitted.) The official kick-off to summer begins with the 46th annual St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair during Memorial Day Weekend in Orchard Lake.

Hosted and sponsored by the St. Mary’s Preparatory Moms and Dads Club, the fair takes place Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29, and benefits the students at the more than 130-year-old high school.

“The fair is an annual tradition for students, families and faculty of St. Mary’s Prep, and the thousands of residents in the community that come out to show support and have a great time,” said Cormac Lynn, headmaster of St. Mary’s and host of the annual event. “This fair is the school’s largest fundraiser and helps provide financial aid, support student initiatives and improve our 120-acre…campus.”


Milk Mustache Tour: For the first time, the Milk Mustache Tour will make a stop at the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair, courtesy of the Michigan Dairy Farm Families. Inside the trailer, fairgoers have the opportunity to engage in fun, interactive and educational activities.

Sports tent: New to the festival this year will be a high-energy sports tent featuring an array of activities for sports fans of all ages, as well as large flat screen televisions airing the big games of the day. La Casa Cigars, a premier cigar retailer and entertainment complex, will be on hand the evening of Sunday, May 28, offering adult fair-goers the opportunity to enjoy a fine cigar while relaxing in a cozy, lounge-like atmosphere.

Las Vegas-style gambling and bingo tents: The Vegas tent will return for visitors 18 years and older with several casino games. Fair visitors also can try their luck at a fast-paced game of Bingo in a separate tent and win cash prizes.

Carnival rides, games and kids area: Spin, soar and reach new heights on nearly 50 rides at this year’s fair. Thrill seekers will find a new roller coaster that promises to pack a lot of punch into high-speed thrills. The BulletTrain will climb 33-feet high then send riders on sharp turns, banking curves, fast transitions and exhilarating drops.

Fairgoers can also enjoy the Freak Out, a giant pendulum that swings riders up to 127 degrees while revolving at a speed up to 15 rpms, and classic rides such as the spinning Himalaya, merry-go-rounds and antique cars.

The Kids Zone will feature crafts and fun activities for youngsters. Create mosaics and wax hands courtesy of the Creative Arts Studio of Royal Oak. Kids also can enjoy the illusion of magic with performances by magicians, and face painting and balloon twisting by award winning clowns Derby and Lovely. Magic shows featuring the ridiculous Rusty Bathwater, a former Ringling Brothers clown, will take place Saturday and Sunday.

Operation Care Package Michigan is back again this year to make certain no deployed hero goes without mail from home. Inside the Kids Zone, visitors will have the opportunity to make cards and write letters to thank our troops. There also will be other fun arts and crafts activities in honor of military.

Shopping vendors: A fair tradition, nearly 50 retail vendors will be selling unique and locally-crafted items, such as handmade Polish pottery, T-shirts, tattoos, jewelry and handbags.

Food offerings: Polish food will take center stage at this year’s fair. An expansive menu boasts authentic Polish favorites such as kielbasa, pierogi, kapusta (sauerkraut) and golabki (stuffed cabbage.) A large selection of traditional All-American fair food will also be available. Separately, a beer garden will offer a selection of Michigan-brewed beers.


For the first time, admission tickets to the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair can be purchased online at a discounted price through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Individual tickets bought online are $5 per person and $10 for families of up to six people. General admission tickets purchased at the festival are $6 per person and $12 for families (up to six). Children up to the age of three are free. Both cash and credit cards will be accepted for general admission at the gate.

All-day ride passes can be purchased at the midway ticket booth during the fair for $30 or $25 if purchased online in advance through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Online tickets, which include a $2.50 fee per transaction, will be valid from open to 10:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday and all day Monday.

To purchase discounted general admission fair tickets and ride pass vouchers, visit www.stmaryspolishcountryfair.com.

If you go…

  • The fair will be open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday
  • The Vegas Tent will run from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Admission to the tent is $5 per person.
  • After 6 p.m. attendees must be 18 or older, with a valid ID, or be accompanied by a parent to enter the fair.
  • Fans can have their photo taken with Paws, the official mascot of the Detroit Tigers, on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • The Kids Zone will be open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
  • Magic shows featuring Rusty Bathwater will take place Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and Monday at 12:15 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Backpacks will not be allowed into the fair.

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