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Grant holds Summer Festival

By Ken DeLaat

Grant’s Summer Festival, a two-day event celebrating the county’s gateway city, brought folks from throughout the area and beyond to participate in the many activities offered on August 15 and 16.

The 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 weekend’s activity took place.

The River Country Chamber of Commerce organized the festival, which featured some food-driven competition in the tamale and French fry eating contests. Children’s 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.

On 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 year’s musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Tim Emmons won the festival raffle’s first prize of $300. Helen Krutel won $150 and Lori Tellkamp won $50.

Saturday night’s MMA fight on the Never Enough grounds drew nearly 900 people who surrounded the ring to watch competitors engage in the latest fisticuff craze.

Fireworks lit up the sky at dusk.

“We had great weather and a lot of people had a whole lot of fun,” said Grant Mayor Terry Fett.






Logging Fest to celebrate history and community

By Ken DeLaat

If it is Labor day weekend, it must also be time for Newaygo’s Logging Fest, a celebration of the lumber-driven industry that heavily influenced the early development of the area.

The 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.

The Farmer’s 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.

Saturday 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.

Shake It Up BBQ will be on hand to dish out chicken dinners each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free 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.

Running and walking enthusiasts can participate in the Kevin Marshall five-kilometer run and walk, with registration at 8 a.m. at Riverfront Park.

The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center’s 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 downtown Newaygo.

The annual Logging F est parade is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m., with the firefighters’ water battle scheduled for 4 p.m.

For more information, call the River Country Chamber of Commerce office at 652-3068. Information is also available online at














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