Grant holds Summer Festival
Summer Festival, a two-day event celebrating the countys gateway city, brought folks
from throughout the area and beyond to participate in the many activities offered on
August 15 and 16.
car show on Friday night and the motorcycle and antique tractor shows on Saturday drew
enthusiasts who came to get a glimpse of some of the finest machines to be found, parked
fittingly on the grounds of Never Enough Auto, where much of the weekends activity
River Country Chamber of Commerce organized the festival, which featured some food-driven
competition in the tamale and French fry eating contests. Childrens games were
popular activities for the younger crowd. Greg Lake took home the honors in the annual
chili cook-off, always a heated competition, with Ed Hathaway placing second and Harold
Portell capturing third.
Saturday, the Grant High School Marching Band led the parade through the streets of town,
with floats, tractors, and child-carrying carts tossing candy to the youngsters ready at
the curbs with bags to be filled. LionHeart Productions marched some of the characters
from this years musical, Fiddler on the Roof.
Emmons won the festival raffles first prize of $300. Helen Krutel won $150 and Lori
Tellkamp won $50.
nights MMA fight on the Never Enough grounds drew nearly 900 people who surrounded
the ring to watch competitors engage in the latest fisticuff craze.
lit up the sky at dusk.
had great weather and a lot of people had a whole lot of fun, said Grant Mayor Terry
Logging Fest to celebrate history and community
it is Labor day weekend, it must also be time for Newaygos Logging Fest, a
celebration of the lumber-driven industry that heavily influenced the early development of
event is scheduled to start on Friday with the craft show at Brooks Park in the center of
downtown. Crafters will be plying their wares from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Farmers Market will expand its usual time and remain open Friday and Saturday from
noon to 7 p.m. Downtown merchants will hold their annual sidewalk sales all weekend.
will bring the Great Lakes Timber Lumberjack Show, with showtimes scheduled for 11 a.m.,
12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Chainsaw carving demonstrations are scheduled for each
day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
It Up BBQ will be on hand to dish out chicken dinners each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
games for children, a Friday evening concert with Sandra Bernard and a magic show at 2:30
p.m. on Saturday will be part of the fun, with all these activities taking place at or
near Brooks Park.
and walking enthusiasts can participate in the Kevin Marshall five-kilometer run and walk,
with registration at 8 a.m. at Riverfront Park.
Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Centers Logging Exhibit will be open from noon to
8 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the museum in
annual Logging F est parade is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m., with the firefighters
water battle scheduled for 4 p.m.
more information, call the River Country Chamber of Commerce office at 652-3068.
Information is also available online at rivercountrychamber.com.