BROOKLYN MI (WLNS)- The Big Mitten Fair has it’s focus on the work-force of the future.
Now that NASCAR season is over Michigan International Speedway is trying something new, with the first Big Mitten Fair.
The 5 day fair has games, carnival rides, bands, and tents filled with companies.
“It’s raining and it doesn’t make your head get wet.” Eight year old Clayton said while wearing a rainbow umbrella hat at MIS.
Clayton Wood is just one of the many faces checking out the Big Mitten Fair for the first time.
It’s a new event aimed at getting kids excited about the skills and trades industry.
“There’s a need we need technical workers to fill jobs, in various different industries in the state of Michigan, so really it’s fun event that has in a way a charitable event, to help spur the industry..” Rodd Malloy, one of the event organizers from Jackson said.
Companies promoted jobs in science and technology
“A lot of people have never done things before, they’ve never made things and and given the tools and the knowledge when we have the ability to show somebody how to do something then you can actually start doing the work.” Dave Kalen Founder of Model T Stem Project said, as he showed a 4th grader how to use an engine.
Dave Kalen says many vocational schools have stopped teaching industrial skills so Michigan companies like Ford and General Motors have had to look elsewhere to fill those jobs.
“They’ve had to go to china and other countries because those students do know how to do that” Kalen said.
More than 5,000 tickets were given to students across Mid-Michigan with the hope they would be inspired to set their sites on a career path towards one of these many Michigan companies.