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The Calhoun County Fair
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The entrance sign to the fair.
Genre Fair
Dates August
Location(s) Marshall, Michigan
Years active 1839; 183 years ago (1839)
Inaugurated 1839

The Calhoun County Fair in Marshall, Michigan is Michigan's oldest continuous running fair.


The fairgrounds were founded in 1848. Ever since then, they've featured 45 acres (180,000 m2) of a mixture of sunny and shady grounds, paved streets, and fresh green grass. Many of the original oak trees are still present on its magnificent landscape.

The Calhoun County Fair was first held in 1839. It was held in various places between its starting year and 1947, but made its permanent home on the fairgrounds in 1948. It has been an iconic site of Marshall ever since.

World War I saw the fair get cancelled in 1917–18. Another cancellation came in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic caused its first cancellation in 102 years. It returns in 2021.


There are a variety of things to do and see at the Calhoun County Fair.

  • Carnival Rides - There are rides to go on for both children and adults.
  • Carnival Games - A variety of carnival games where players can win prizes are available to play at that fair.
  • Animal Barns - There are barns where fair attendants can go in and view a variety of farm animals.
  • Animal Auctions - Large and small farm animals are auctioned off to bid-placing fair attendants.
  • Arts and Crafts Barns - A variety of arts and crafts are available for the attendants to view throughout the fair.
  • Merchant Stands - A variety of things can be bought by merchants at the fair.
  • Food Stalls - There are many stalls to buy traditional fair foods found throughout the fair.
  • Firework Shows - At night, usually on the final day of the fair, a display of fireworks will be shown to the attendants.
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