Northern District Fair of Cadillac

P.O. Box 131 ~ Cadillac, Michigan 49601 ~ (231) 775-6361

Historic Octagonal BuildingWelcome to the historic Octagonal Building
also known as Floral Hall

Merchants will once again be selling their wares at the Octagonal Building. If you want to apply to be a merchant around the building, please complete an Application (note that the application has not changed in the last few years but the dates are listed incorrectly) and submit it to the Northern District Fair of Cadillac Association for approval. Questions may be submitted to the Fair Office at the phone number above or through the E-mail. Please note that due to the closure of the building, inside space is currently being provided in the Civic Arena.

One of only two left in Michigan (the other is on the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Marshall), it was originally built in 1908 for the opening of the first fair here in Cadillac. The building is considered remarkable when the degree of engineering is considered that was needed to build it. Rumors abound that Ephraim Shay - the inventor of another local landmark, the Shay Locomotive - designed the building.

In 2006 there was a concern that the building would not last since the amount of money needed to restore it to a usable condition was more than the Fair Association had been able to raise. Various "patches" over the years were giving out and the entire building was starting to lean. Thanks to the efforts of the Fair Board, an article was printed in the Cadillac News regarding its plight.

Over the summers of 2007 and 2008 members of the Northwest Home Builders Association worked to replace the aged and rotting beams, roof, windows, and whatever else needed fixing. It was completed in time to use it once again for our 100th Fair in 2008. The companies and individuals responsible for this work are too numerous to mention, and we would run the risk of missing someone. To all of you, thank you for allowing this wonderful, historic building to remain in Cadillac and to be used for the Fair. We have included some pictures here that were taken during the beam replacement and exterior work.

Unfortunately the building continues to have serious issues and is no longer open. It is currently being evaluated by a community committee and engineers with respect to the future life of this most unique structure. For more information please contact the Fair Office at either E-mail or 231-775-6361.

Crane Lifting Inside View of Work Roof Work

And check this out! We are the first member of the Wexford-Missaukee Quilt Trail! Isn't it beautiful? This block is called a "snails trail" and is frequently the first block hung for a quilt trail as it was the first block ever hung on the original quilt trail! If you are interested in having a quilt on your structure, contact Elsie Vredenburg at 231-825-2527 or


Quilt Block


Come join us at the Craft Show and Sale on
Thursday (August 17), Friday (August 18),
and Saturday (August 19) in the Civic Arena.
The sale will run from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm each day.
Entry fee is $10.00 per day and you may come one day or all three.
Booth size is 12' x 12' and you must bring your own tables
or display equipment. Registration form is available in the Fair Book.
For more information, contact Margaret Lucas at (231) 825-2856.