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Friday, July 6, 2007

Milan Fair Has Much to Offer

If you didn't make it to Wilson Park in Milan last night for the opening of the Milan Community Fair, make sure to stop by today or Saturday. Lots of fun awaits you.

The parade Thursday night down Main and Wabash streets was led by Vietnam Veterans of America and Michigan Military Moms. It included mounted police, fire trucks, classic cars, contestants in the Cutest Baby Contest, Milan mayoral candidates and other politicians, local nonprofits and businesses.

The parade ended near Wilson Park, where the carnival was set up and open for the first visitors of the fair. Check out our Web site for video coverage of the parade and area residents playing carnival games and enjoying the rides. One video, in particular, will make you chuckle as Kage Kosarue, 3, of Milan tells his mother, Shelley, "Get me outta here!" as she holds his hand and helps him bounce on the Euro Bungee. At one point, Shelley says, "I feel like a bad mother" and Kage tells her, "You're a bad mother!" His mood, however, swings, so it's hard to tell whether he likes it or just needs a nap.

Two cute characters at the fair on opening night were the Howell brothers, Michael, 12, and Harrison, 10, of Florida, who were in the area visiting an aunt. I took their photo and video of them on the spider ride. They were so excited to learn their pictures could end up in the paper. When I saw them a few minutes later, they let me know that, for my notes, they wanted to clarify that they will be moving to Tennessee this summer. Thanks for helping me get the facts straight, kids!

The fun continues today and Saturday. Also tonight is the Milan fireworks. It starts at 10 p.m. and will take place over Ford Lake near Wilson Park. I'll be there, I hope you are, too.

Oh, and not to scare you, but doesn't this photo from the fair of Reley Barnier, 9, of Milan look like something out of a Stephen King movie?

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