Saturday, March 30, 2024

 Fowlerville Fair collecting unwanted shoes & boots as fundraiser for new livestock pens

By Jody Pollok-Newsom

If you wear shoes or boots we need your help! The youth showing at the Fowlerville Fair are working to secure funds to get new pens for goats, sheep, and swine and they are asking everyone who wears shoes to help them.

Please consider donating your new, gently worn or used shoes or boots in support of the kids who need new pens for their animals during fair week. The current goat, sheep, and swine pens need to be updated and we also need more, so the fair community is working to gather shoes and boots as a fundraiser.

We are looking for all kinds of shoes: sneakers, boots, dress shoes, work boots, casual shoes, sandals and athletic shoes. When you clean out those closets getting ready for spring, make those hard decisions and turn those unwanted shoes into new pens for our youth!

Not only are you providing funds towards the new pens, you are also cutting down on landfill space needed, while providing a business opportunity for the underserved in other countries. The shoes donated will be refurbished and provided to families across the world to be used to start their own businesses and get much needed shoes to their communities.

Our shoe drive wraps up May 1st, so do not wait to clean that closet, garage or even your car for those unneeded shoes. To participate, you can drop off shoes at one of the donation sites listed below:

      --Fowlerville Fairgrounds, 8800 Grand River Avenue,                            Fowlerville

      --Fowlerville District Library, 130 S Grand Ave, Fowlerville

     --Fowlerville Fire Department, 9110 W Grand River Ave,                     Fowlerville

     --Fowlerville Police Department, 213 S Grand Ave, Fowlerville

     --Katie Pikkarainen - State Farm Insurance Office, 215 E Grand           River Ave, Fowlerville

     --Livingston Educational Service Agency, 1425 W Grand River           Avenue, Howell

     --Mugg & Bopps, 7999 W Mason Road, Fowlerville                             (Countryway)

     --Mugg & Bopps, 6801 Oak Grove Road, Howell

    --Mugg & Bopps, 1600 Pinckney Road, Howell

    --Mugg & Bopps, 11055 Highland Road, Hartland

    --Rural King, 10400 Highland Road, Hartland

If you are a member of a 4-H club, Junior Agricultural Society or FFA chapter, we are offering a contest for the club that gathers the most donations. The club or group that brings the most pairs of shoes to the April 27th Club Challenge Drop Off Date at the Fairgrounds will win a pizza party. Don’t delay! Grab those unwanted shoes and boots from friends, neighbors, and relatives.

For more information on the shoe drive or if you need to schedule a pick up, contact Kelly Turner, 248-343-0916, or Jen Esch, 734-325-0268.

The Fowlerville Family Fair Youth Show will take place from July 22 to July 27, 2024, at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds. The youth show is open to all youth ages 5 to 21 who are members of the Fowlerville Junior Agricultural Society or are members of a Livingston County 4-H club or

FFA chapter.

The Fowlerville Family Fair is one of the oldest and largest fairs in Michigan, celebrating its 138th year in 2024. The fair offers something for everyone, with carnival rides, games, food, music, fireworks, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, rodeos, and more. The fair also showcases the best of Livingston County, with exhibits, competitions, and demonstrations of agriculture, arts, crafts, and science. For more information about the fair, please visit

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