As I continued to check out some interesting items that Dan Eldridge -- a long-time Fowlerville resident and former owner of DE Towing -- had, he showed me this most interesting, and very rusty, old sulky.
As I've done research for this area, I have found this has been horse country going way back to the 1800s. At one time, there was a "Driving Park" group that would congregate at what would become the location of the fairgrounds, long before that land was being used for anything. This would have been in the 1870s and 1880s as the agricultural society was organized in 1886, with the first fair the following October.
There were also many owners of race horses. One of the pioneers of the area was W.W. Starkey, the owner of the stave factory. He owned Pascasas, who won many a race in its day.