The 2019 Fall Family Days at the Octagon Barn is almost here, and this year the theme will be ‘The Food Industry, Past & Present.’ In the last half-century, see how our food industry has drastically changed…from our food delivery systems, nutrition, and fast food that has now shaped the 21st century.
Fall family days, which will be held Sept. 7-8, is one of the most popular events at the Thumb Octagon Barn. Held every year on the weekend after Labor Day, this event draws thousands of visitors. Join us as we step back in time and enjoy what rural life was like back in the early 1900s.
And it starts as soon as you arrive as visitors are given a tractor drawn shuttle ride to the site from the parking area! The barn, along with the Purdy home, sawmill, one room country school and museum are all open for visitors. Come and enjoy the entertainment, fresh apple cider & donuts and the many live demonstrations, including old time equipment, tractors, log splitting, blacksmith shop, and much more! Some of the favorites are back again this year including the tractor games at 1 p.m. and the Tractor Parade at 3 p.m.
Lots of food, entertainment, vendors featuring handcrafted items, antiques and flea market are open both Saturday and Sunday.
The Thumb Octagon Barn is in Tuscola County, approximately one mile east of the Village of Gagetown off Bay City-Forestville Road, and one mile north on Richie Road. Admission is $5 for ages 6 and older, hours are Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. And don’t forget the annual All You Can Eat Fish Fry on Friday, Sept. 6 from 4-7 p.m.

—Annie Simon
Thumb Octagon Barn