By Judy Reed
Imagine the aroma of meat on the grill, music playing, water splashing, children laughing, and sidewalks lined with great deals up and down Main Street…Well, you no longer have to imagine it, because it’s really happening!
The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its second annual Cedar Springs Community Celebration Day in downtown Cedar Springs this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be activities on Main Street from Muskegon St. (17 Mile) to 18 Mile. Look for sidewalk sales, artists, musicians, face painters, a dunk tank, great food, farmers market and flea market vendors, local demonstrations and more! You’ll findboth downtown and surrounding area merchants, home-based businesses and non-profit groups. Those interested in Red Flannel souvenirs will find them there, and those looking for kids back to school clothes can check out the booth of the brand name clothing reseller. The Solon Market vendors will also be part of the Celebration this year.
Other new vendors this year include an alpaca farmer with baby alpacas who will show how fur is turned into wool; a local nursery will have plants for sale; and the Lions Club will do an eyeglass drive with a percentage of the money made from the eyeglasses to benefit the Boy Scouts.
There will also be three different bands, including Steal Grey, a local Cedar Springs band performing country and classic rock. True Story, who performed at Solon Market last week, will perform at Cedar Chest. There is no admission to hear any of the music.
Last year’s event drew about 30 vendors, and over 60 have already preregistered for this year’s event. “We’re hoping to have 80 to 100,” said Chamber president Shawn Kiphart. “There is still plenty of space available, and we’ll take registrations up to Saturday morning.” Those wishing to set up a spot should call 616-773-5126 for more information. (See ad on page 16)