CHESANING, MI — The Saginaw County Fairgrounds will host a drive-in event featuring carnival food for sale May 23-24.

Vendors making fair trade foods such as cotton candy, corn dogs and toffee apples will head to the Saginaw County Fairgrounds, located at 11350 Peet Road, Chesaning. They will be open from noon to 8 p.m. daily, but the fairground gates will close at 5 p.m. to new visitors.

The fairground will implement one-way traffic and no park or walk orders will be permitted. A fair worker will take the orders and bring them to the cars. The event is cash-only and no restrooms will be available at the fairgrounds.

Patti Copes, president of the Saginaw County Fair, said the organization wanted to host an event to support its food vendors at Anderson Midways, while raising funds for the fair’s organization.

“Knowing that we have had to cancel many of our events, we know that suppliers are also suffering,” she said. “It’s their livelihood. We were trying to think of ways to help them and raise funds for ourselves.

For now, the Saginaw County Fair remains open August 4-8. Past fairs have included food vendors, animal exhibits, rides, music and more. Visit their website for more information on upcoming events.

Copes got the idea for a drive-through food fair after visiting Ionia Free Fair drive-in on May 8 and 9. After talking to event coordinators, she pitched the idea to the Saginaw County Fair and its vendors, who agreed to donate a portion of their profits to the Saginaw County Fair.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” Copes said. “And for anyone tired of cooking at home or going to the same takeout restaurants, this is something different – not healthy, but different.”

Visitors will enter the exhibition center through the main car park and follow the road in single file in front of the grandstand. They will go around the road to the main food court and exit through the opposite gate of the fair.

All salon employees and vendors will follow CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask. Copes said the Chesaning Police Department and the Health Department had approved the event and police would help direct traffic.

While Copes doesn’t have an estimate of how many people can attend, she said drivers should be prepared to wait in line. The gastronomic event could last until Monday depending on the popularity of the weekend event. Times will be posted on the Facebook event page during the fair weekend.

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