River Country Festival highlights summer's first big weekend
This weekend it begins and it begins with a bang as The River Country Chamber tosses out the first ball in the glorious game known as summer with their traditional Memorial Weekend festivities in downtown Newaygo. As always, there a few new things on tap to pique the varied interests of visitors and Near Northians alike as well as the ever-popular annual activities.
Purveyors plying their products at the arts and crafts show will give Brooks Park an infusion of humanity as folks meander about the lanes filled with purchasing options while nearby the kids carnival will be providing some fun for the kiddos. Action begins at 11am Friday, 10am Saturday and 11am on Sunday
New this year is the Classic Car Showcase beginning at 5pm on Friday and giving auto aficionados a three hour window to admire some truly fine rides. These much vaunted vehicles will set up shop by the park at the corner of Wood and Justice.
We all need a little activity to shake loose some of that winter rust so from 5-6pm Friday get ready to experience a little Dance Fusion action as led from the Brooks Park stage by the folks from One Fit Life. This mixture of motion tosses in a smidge of Zumba a pinch of Pound and a dollop of Dance to create of a fun one hour group workout. Nothing like community calisthenics to boost our county’s health indicators so grab some workout duds and join in.
Saturday morning the obligatory and always tasty pancake breakfast that accompanies such events will be held at the United Methodist Church starting at 8am and at 10am just down the road from breakfast a special book signing event will be held at Flying Bear Books. See our page for details.
If you have not discovered the treasure that is the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center please do yourself a favor and give it a visit while you’re downtown this weekend. They will be hosting some fun (and free) activities Friday Saturday and Sunday with more info here:
They’re located across from the park and have developed some very cool exhibits and programming. A very worthy stop.
And yes, there will be sidewalks sales as the downtown merchants create opportunities for a little al fresco shopping..
While roaming the streets make sure to stop at one of the fine local eatatoriums located downtown.
And speaking of eats, as we so often do at N3 World Headquarters…..
Hit The Road Joe in Croton is doing one of their summertime rib dinners-to-go Friday night.
I should seriously not be doing this but while the risk for some to go ribless is a distinct one the desire to share good news about food often clouds my judgement so here it is.
From 5-7pm they will be packaging up some mighty fine BBQ smoked ribs. Tossed in for good measure are two sides from a selection of slaw, potato salad and baked beans. Topped off with a slice of really really good cornbread and Friday night dinner is a no brainer. Fourteen bucks out the door.
Up to you to find them, though. We’re willing to let you in on some of these hidden gems but in all fairness other folks had to find their way there so…..
Also on Saturday is the Fremont Fly In and Pancake Breakfast. Fly in is from 8AM-2PM and the pancake breakfast is from 8AM-11AM at , of course, the airport.. The cost of the pancake breakfast is $8. Kids 4 and under eat free. There will be airplane and helicopter rides starting at $35 for an Adult and $25 for Kids. There will also be a car show, RC cars, and RC planes.
A few years back Dan Booker graciously took me on my first aeronautic jaunt that involved less than a 727 during a visit to the Fly-In. It was that moment I discovered an overwhelming desire to obtain a pilot’s license , an aspiration arriving a few decades too late to truly embrace the notion.
There’s plenty going on in our parts and the true beauty of it all?
We’ve only just begun.
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