Calhoun County Fair – “the longest running fair in the State of Michigan”
There are “Five historic Calhoun County Fairgrounds buildings — Calhoun County Fair Museum, Floral Hall, Belcher Building, Houston School, and Old Maple Grove Church”
“First held in 1830, the Calhoun County Fair has continued to this day as one of Michigan’s foremost agricultural attractions. Floral Hall, the oldest building on the fairgrounds, was constructed in 1860 in the then-popular octagon style. The wings were added at later dates. Designed originally for the display of flowers and farm produce, the building still plays a major role at one of the state’s oldest county fairs.”
Source: Text from historical marker.
Here is a list of the buildings showing square footage: http://www.calhouncountyfair.org/buildings
Floral Hall, built in 1860 is the “Oldest eight-sided wooden structure in the state of Michigan.”
Old Maple Grove Church – built in 1901, Marshall, Michigan.
The Christmas shows at the Old Maple Grove Church began two years ago when Young had the idea for her first show “Back Home to Christmas.”
“There are a lot of people in Marshall who are as talented as those we see on stage, but they are the people who don’t always audition or have the time to commit to six weeks of rehearsal,” Young said. “This is a group of people you will never find together except at Christmastime.”
Michigan’s oldest fair, the Calhoun County Fair, began in 1839. The fair is located on the historic site that was expected to become the State Capitol complex. Lansing won the prize and Marshall retained its small town charm. Floral Hall, built in 1860, is the oldest fair building in the state and underwent extensive restoration in 2011. The Old Maple Grove Church was built south of Marshall on L Drive South in 1901 and moved to the fairgrounds in 2006. Houston School was built in 1836 as a rural school house and in the 1950s rebuilt on C Drive South in Fredonia Township. The school was in operation until 1967 and moved to the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in 2005.