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The State Fair is over…and maybe gone for good, but you still want to do something kind of summery, before the hit of snow.

Ready, set…Troy Daze .It’s the weekend, and you want to do something fun and something that’s not too expensive. You’d also like it to be local, to save on gas. If that’s the case, try Troy Daze this weekend, the 41st year of the festival.

Troy Daze is at Boulan Park, off Crooks and between Big Beaver and Wattles. Admittance is free, but parking will cost you $10 a vehicle. Hours are 11 am to 10 pm on today and 11 am to 9 pm on Sunday.

For example, pay $25 today ($20 on Sunday) and go on all of the amusement rides. If rides aren’t your cup of tea, there is lots more to do. Eat to your heart’s (or stomach’s) content from the food booths. After that, go off and study the art and photography shows. Amble around to the booths of the local businesses and try to walk off those elephant ears. Maybe you can get some leads on who could do your taxes next year or what company can do your next home repair.

There’s lots for your kids to do, too. If they get bored of rides, the kids go on a pony ride or touch the animals at the petting zoo. They can also go to the craft tent and make something as a souvenir.

From noon on, the stages will be filled with a variety of entertainment. There are kiddie talent shows, a police dog exhibition, martial arts demonstration, and dance groups. Additionally, there are music from gospel to folk to rock, as well as comedy. If you don’t like something, just come back in a little bit for something different,

One highlight will be the water battle between Troy and Clawson fire departments Sunday at 1 pm. As you can guess, this will NOT be on a stage.

Of course you don’t need to get the stages for entertainment. Entertainment can come to you. At different times, entertainers will be strolling around.

Karen Pier Hunt lives in Oakland County with her wonderful husband and two children. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Karen has been a stockbroker, freelance writer and substitute teacher. A lifelong Michigander, her French roots in Detroit go back three hundred years. This combination of education, work experience and being an expert about the Detroit area has made her savvy to having fun and style with her family on a budget in Oakland County.

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Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.
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