Calhoun County Fair Michigan photo and video essay

The Calhoun County Fair has been happening since 1848.  It’s an old fair.  It is generally held the third full week of August. Here is an artists view with some selected images from the event in 2015.

We enjoyed the fair recently and have some little videos, photos to share with you.


And a map, courtesy of Google. Maps are helpful!

First held in 1839, 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.

Links to official information are at the bottom of this page.

We are doing more posts about Calhoun County on this site now, since our school system is increasingly regional.  You can access the Calhoun County Calendar of Big Tourism events in the menu bar above or just click here.

We are also including more Albion events on the Calhoun County calendar page so we will get more visitors from nearby communities to Albion events like Swingin’ at the Shell, the Bohm Theatre youth movies, and Festival of the Forks.

This is not the official listing for the Calhoun County Fair, which has been held annually since 1848.
The Calhoun County Fair is generally held the third full week of August. This posting is estimated for years after 2016 as a courtesy. Please double check your dates before making plans.


To get official information about the Calhoun County Fair in Marshall, Michigan including the exact dates, please visit


Another excellent source of information in Marshall is the the Marshall Chamber of Commerce. The real name of this group is now MARSHALL AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE.


Swingin’ at the Shell 2016 series


Swingin’ at the Shell starts up again mid July and will go strong all the way thru August and then some.

See this page for all the summer concerts on one page.

This concert series would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Caster Concepts, Parks Drug Store, Team 1 Plastics, and the Albion Community Foundation. These events are also supported by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Mr. Reid will be there with his hot dog Wonder Wagon, and concessions to benefit the Albion Senior Center and Little Lambs Preschool and Childcare will be available, as well.

Monument to Robert Holland, Sr. in Holland Park


A monument to Robert Holland, Sr. was placed in Holland Park 40 years ago on August 7, 1976.

The text on the plate reads:  Holland Park, Dedicated August 7, 1976.  To honor the memory of Robert Holland, Sr., City Councilman 1966-1974.

“He dealt with the physical West Ward in this City in order that others were free to deal with the psychological West Wards in their minds.”

This monument is located within the circular sidewalk in Holland Park, which can be seen in the post about Holland Park. Click here to see the Holland Park post.


Holland Park – Aerial View

Holland Park – There is a monument in the park (within the circle sidewalk at right) to honor park namesake and civil rights advocate Robert Holland.

Holland Park is located at the SE corner of W. Cass St. and N. Albion St., in Albion Michigan.  This park underwent a transformation in 2015 and now has an upgraded playground and other new features.  In the aerial photo shown, N. Albion Street is seen, running parallel to the horizon.  The Forks Senior Center can be seen in the center, at the former location of the Calhoun County Health Department.   The red brick building to the right of that, is the former Gale Manufacturing headquarters.

Learn more about the Holland Park Transformation Project and how you can help by visiting this link:  (this link will take you to their official facebook page.

Enjoy being outdoors this summer in one of Albion’s 17 official parks, or in one of the unofficial parks such as Collaboration Corner by Biggby’s (you can pick a tomato!) or take your dog for a run in the dog park with the entrance on Division St. and Maple St. Coming soon… look in your Morning Star or Ad- Visor shopper for a booklet called “Pathways to Opportunity” in a week or two.  It’s about education.  It will also be available at the locations shown on the back of the General Guide.

Swingin’ at the Shell

Marshall Rotary Band performing at Victory Park Bandshell in Albion Michigan

The Summer 2016 concerts are at 6 p.m. on Sundays.  The season opens on July 17th, with the Marshall Rotary band performance.  There is also a performance on July 31, of Steve King and the Dittalies.  There are free concerts EVERY Sunday in August, and the first two Sundays in September.  See a photo page of the 2016 concert series on by clicking here.

The concerts are posted to the Google Calendar of Albion events, the General Guide to Albion, and are all described in more detail on the Swingin’ at the Shell website.  There is also more information on the Entertainment page here on  See the menu at the top of the page for the Entertainment News Feed.

Swingin’ at the Shell is a series of free concerts in Albion that are made possible from generous donations including Parks Drug Store.

Albion Parks

The interactive Google Map of the Albion River Trail also has hidden layers that you can turn on if you would like. Just click on the list icon in the upper left of the map to turn on the layers to show Historical Markers near the Albion River Trail, and public art near the trail, and the Purple Gang Tour. You can also zoom in or out to see more detail, or the bigger picture. We will be adding more details to the markers in the future.

Albion has 17 official parks plus several areas that are similar to parks. The map above shows the parks and areas that are near the Albion River Trail. When you are on the river trail, you might like to stop by to see the Holland Park Transformation project.

Learn more about Albion’s Parks from the official City of Albion website at this link:

The post above was created for the 2015 Parks Edition.  Watch this site for upcoming information about Collaboration Corner (next to Biggby’s Coffee) and the Albion Dog Park, where your best friend can get out and run in a nice clean spot.