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Dog daze at Solon market

 

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The “Dog Daze of August” at Solon Market will be here before you know it! Children are welcome to bring a pet to the popular pet show on Saturday, August 2, which runs from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at 15185 Algoma Ave. Pre-register for the show with Vicky at 696-4227, or via their Solon Market Facebook page. They are limited to the first 20 entries. The entry can be any pet they choose (not necessarily a dog).

Every child who enters will receive a prize. It is also a benefit for the Kent County Humane Society and other animal rescue shelters. Two grand prizes will be awarded—one for popular vote, and the most money collected for the Humane Society.

 

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 Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

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SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he’s a maverick!

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it’s lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

 

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

 

Electronic Recycling in Greenville

Electronics recycling is available on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. A Comrenew trailer is located in the southeast corner of the parking lot. Visit www.comprenew.org/items for a list of recyclable items. Light bulbs and large appliances are not accepted. #30

 

Fun at Spencer Township KDL

July 22-31: “Rockets are a Blast!” Learn all about building and launching model rockets from Matt Johnson, of the local SMASH rocketry association and National Association of Rocketry. Participants will collaborate on a rocket build and learn about upcoming launch opportunities in the area. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited, 616-984-5680. For ages 6 and older. Tuesday, July 22 at 4 pm. “Out of This World Party” – Join us for galactic games, stellar stories and alien activities. Come dressed as an astronaut or space creature and enjoy the fun! For all ages. July 29 at 4 pm. “DIY Tie-Dye for Teens” – Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie die – with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear. Thursday, July 31 at 4 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #30

 

Fun at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL

July 28,29: “Nuts & Bolts: Jewelry from Hardware” – Create one-of-a-kind, edgy, indie jewelry. Make a keychain, necklace, bracelet or earrings from unexpected materials. For teens, grades 6-12. Monday, July 28 at 1:30 pm. “The Science of Us with the World’s Coolest Nerd” -  Miss Cari’s interactive science demonstrations on the five senses will have children laughing and learning about how they are a walking piece of science. For all ages. July 29 at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #30

 

Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

July 30: “Trees & Plants”: Discover what it takes to make an organic garden. What can grow in Michigan and what is good eating in nature. Children will find native plants tat are edible and part of the animals buffet dinner daily/nightly. Children will make their own garden pots and take home to watch their plants grow with instructions from one our Naturalist. Children will also learn to identify poisonous plants. (Children will not be permitted to eat outdoor plants). Rain or Shine. Bring a lunch, dress for the outdoors (no flip-flops or crocs) $8 per child per day. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Ages: 5 -15 years. All classes are from 10 am to 2 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #30

 

CS Public Library Celebration Carnival

July 30: The Celebration Carnival will be held on Wednesday, July 30 from 2 to 4 pm at Morley Park in Cedar Springs. Games, snacks, prizes, fun inflatables, water slide, Double K Petting Zoo, activities and books with author Amanda Litz & illustrator Christy Beckwith. #30

 

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

July 30: All ‘round town the Town Crier spreads the news: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All ye citizens age 60 or more! Wednesday the 30th of July, Pine Grove Senior Cafe presents its famous Blue Plate Special. Chicken on the bone, corn and mashed taters with dessert to follow. All citizens and guests are requested at noon to take their seats in the location to be found on the corner of M-82 and the Avenue of Beech. #30

 

Used Book Sale

July 31-Aug. 2: A book sale featuring a large selection on gently used books (no manuals, magazines or old encyclopedias), is July 31 – August 2 during Heritage Festival on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm on July 31 and 9 am to 5 pm for August 1 and 2. Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for more information about Montcalm Heritage Festival. #30

 

A Walk Through the Garden

Aug. 2: Members of the Greenville Garden Club invite you to a garden tour. Saturday, August 2, 10 am to 2 pm. Free – Rain or Shine! There are 5 different garden locations for your enjoyment; A Fairy and Herb garden and container garden, peaceful water gardens, new shade garden (this is a garden in progress), city garden, and vintage garden. Chat with the knowledgable gardeners, share and collect information, enjoy nature’s beauty. Come see how it’s done…be inspired. Start the tour at the Sassafras Herb Garden, 11880 Sandy Bottom Rd., Greenville or Bunnies and Boutiques, 3524 Derby Rd., Sidney to pick up a map and register to win a beautiful door prize. For more info call 616-754-9759. #30

 

VBS at The Springs Church

Aug. 3-7: “Weird Animals”  – God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd – nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. At Weird Animals Vacation Bible School kids ages 4 years to 6th grade will enter an epic adventure that will empower them to stand strong. Pre-registration is encouraged by downloading a registration form at www.thespringschurch.info and dropping it off at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St. in Cedar Springs. Also, be sure to check us out on Sundays this summer at 10:30 am. For more info please contact the church office at 616-696-2970.  #30,31p

 

Cedar Springs Community Player’s Summer Production

Aug. 7-9: On August 7, 8 and 9 at the historic Kent Theatre; all performances will be at 7:30 pm. “Seek Immediate Medical Attention” was written and directed by local playwright, David Schmuker. The play is a comedy, set in a medical office with the action revolving around a lovesick receptionist and a doctor who suffers from migraines. Add to the mix a sexy physician’s assistant and a set of wacky patients, and you have a prescription for zany antics and belly laughs. Tickets are available at the Main Street Restaurant and the Cedar Springs Public Library for $10 for adults and $8 for children age 17 and younger. Tickets available at the box office before each performance: $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information please call David at 616-551-7143 or go to www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #30,31p

 

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Christmas in July? You betcha!

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Want to cool off on a hot summer day? Think snow. Think sleigh bells and mistletoe. Think Christmas.

Solon Market is hosting its third annual Christmas event this Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 15185 Algoma Ave. There will be cookies to decorate, pictures with Santa shared via Facebook, games and activities. Santa will arrive at 10:00 a.m. but activities begin when Market opens at 8:00 a.m. Browse the Market while the kids are occupied.  Get an early start on your Christmas shopping or pick up flowers for the garden.

Solon Market is a nonprofit entity catering to the community.  We are located at 15185 Algoma Ave. in Cedar Springs. Call us at 616-696-4227 or 616-696-1718.  Like us on Facebook for updates.

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Cedar Springs Author/Publisher Partners with the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum to Host Event Featuring Other Local Authors

Amanda Litz is the owner of Traveler’s Trunk Publishing and also the author of various children’s fiction – including chapter/early reader books and a picture book. Her latest book is The Traveler’s Trunk: Medieval Quest.

Amanda Litz is the owner of Traveler’s Trunk Publishing and also the author of various children’s fiction – including chapter/early reader books and a picture book. Her latest book is The Traveler’s Trunk: Medieval Quest.

Cedar Springs, MI – This Thursday, July 17th, local author Amanda Litz is slated to host an event at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum called  AuthorPalooza! — a family–friendly event where kids will receive free books and get the chance to meet other local authors.

Litz created this year’s event – hopefully the first of many – because she wanted to create a unique and personal interactive experience where kids can meet local authors and get free copies of their work – enriching their overall experience with books.

“Traveler’s Trunk Publishing is dedicated to promoting literacy in children, and is excited to find new opportunities that not only help kids discover new books, but also help fuel their desire to read more,” said Litz.

AuthorPalooza! runs from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and coincides with “Family Night” at the Grand Rapids Children’s Muse m – where admission is only $1.50 per person, ages 1 year and above starting at 5:00 pm.

The other authors/illustrators participating in this year’s event includes:

• Christy Beckwith – illustrator of multiple books including The Great Gumshoe: The Case of the Missing Bear and The Traveler’s Trunk: Medieval Quest.

• Katie Seifert – author of four picture books. Her most recent title is Littleleaf Linden.

• Laura Becklar – author of an interactive, rhyming picture book called, Bumblebee Bumblebee.

• Dave Stricklen – author of the YA fantasy series, Blackwater Pond. His newest book is Through the Eyes of the Beast.

• Sharon Willett – author of a middle–grade trilogy including, Country and the Rock and Country Captured.

• Anneke Huisman – author and illustrator of two picture books. Her lasts release is Wet Giraffe.

• Wendy Nystrom – author of the James and Syvok Adventure series, which is set to release its’ fourth book, Amongst the Clouds, in July.

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Ensley 5K Run/Walk

 

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Ensley Township’s five-kilometer run and walk event will be held on Saturday, July 26.

The race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Baptist Lake Park. Race day registration will start at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee for runners is $25.00 unless pre-registered by July 11. For more information, visit www.ensleytownship.org/crimewatch.htm or to register, call 616-636-8510 or e-mail: clerk@ensleytownship.org.

Proceeds from the event will help the Sand Lake Fire Department purchase rescue equipment.

The event is being sponsored by the Ensley Crime Watch, The Baptist Lake Association, and the Englewright Lake Association. Awards will be presented to the first three finishers in each of seven age groups. All ages are invited to participate in the race and the post-race activities.

The Ensley Community Picnic will be held after the race. The picnic is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. The firemen do the cooking, and there is lots of good food and refreshments to go along with it. A 50/50 raffle is held, a bounce house for the kids, fire trucks, the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Patrol and the Newaygo County Marine Patrol.

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No Novacaine

A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist.

“I want a tooth pulled, and I don’t want Novacaine because I’m in a big hurry,” the woman said. “Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we’ll be on our way.”

The dentist was quite impressed. “You’re certainly a courageous woman,” he said. “Which tooth is it?”

The woman turned to her husband and said, “Show him your tooth, dear.”

 

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Hometown Happenings

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MCC Summer Camps

July & Aug: Registration for Montcalm Community College’s summer camps for youths is available now. Youths can focus on fine arts, language, culture, agriculture, writing, engineering, science and radio communication. Camps include: “Fine Arts Camp: Fairy Tales,” July 21-25 from 8:30 am to 4 pm daily in MCC in Sidney. The cost is $90. “Camp Aloha” August 4-7 from 9 am to 12 noon daily at MCC in Greenville. The cost is $55. “Spanish Camp,” August 4-7 from 9 am to 1 pm daily at MCC in Greenville. The cost is $55. “Pull Back Frenzy,” August 11 – 14 from 9 am to noon at MCC in Greenville or August 18-22 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm in Ionia. The cost is $129. “Dreamworld,” August 11 – 13 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at MCC in Greenville or August 18 – 22 from 9 am to noon in Ionia. The cost is $129. Visit www.montcalm.edu/camps for more information. #29

 

Dinner at the Legion

July 21: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Swiss Steak dinner on Monday, July 21, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans, veggies, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #29p

Open House for Prayer

July 21: Come to an Open House for Prayer every Monday night from 7 to 8 pm. July 21 focus: Finances. Ps. 107:28-29. Let us pray for your needs. The Cedar Springs Christian Church, 340 W. Pine Street. Follow driveway down the hill of Creative Technologies Academy (no affiliation) for a sweet time of prayer. #29

Worship in the Park

July 23: Solon Center Wesleyan Church presents Worship in the Park. Come join the fun at Morley Park in Cedar Springs on Wednesday evening, July 23rd. A free picnic style meal will be served at 6:30 pm followed by worship music from our praise band. There will be inflatables for the kids and lots of fun, fun, fun! Grab a lawn chair and enjoy the music and festivities. Everyone is welcome. #29

Wild Wednesday at HCNC

July 23: “Reptiles & Amphibians” Hunt down a frog or two, possibly a snake. With this class you can get dirty and touch the outside world. Our Naturalist will lead children on an outdoor excursion in finding where amphibians and reptiles live, what the eat and their worlds. Children use nets to capture living creatures and discover greater knowledge with hands on teaching. Wednesday, July 23 from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring a lunch and dress for the outdoors (no flip flops or crocs) Rain or shine. Ages 5 – 15. $8 per child. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Howard Christiansen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. #29

The Terrible Misgivings of Dr. Frankenmuth

July 23: Frankenmuth had a terrible childhood, never went to the library, never got to check out any books, never got to see any great programs. So, like many Mad Scientists he has spent his life with an axe to grind; but his was against the most innocent: Books and Libraries. See what he mixes up to get revenge. Wednesday, July 23 at 2 pm. Cedar Springs Middle School. Presented by the Cedar Springs Public Library. 616-696-1910. #29

Skinner Field Flea Market

July 25: Come one, come all! On Friday, July 25th from 4 to 7 pm we welcome the public to come shop for crafts, home-made goods, Origami-Owl, and more. All proceeds will benefit “The Friends of Skinner Field Committee” in efforts to refurbish Skinner Field. Follow on Facebook at, Skinner Field Flea-Market. #29

Stormy the Magician

July 26: Stormy the Magician Presents the Magic of Science. Go on an entertaining adventure into the magic of science and the science of magic. For all ages. Saturday, July 26th at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #29

VBS at Cedar Springs UMC

July 28-31: Come join us at the “Workshop of Wonders”. Imagine and Build with God. Monday through Thursday evenings, July 18 – 30 from 6 to 8 pm. All children from pre-school through sixth grade are warmly welcome. Cedar Springs Untied Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Cedar Springs. Call 616-696-1140 for additional information or to pre-register. #29

Great Dads Seminar

Aug. 2: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church would like to invite all dads, past, present and future to attend a Great Dads Seminar on August 2 from 8:30 am until noon. Learn the basics of being a great dad and fellowship with fellow fathers. Get registration forms and information from the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, call 616-696-1140or email Tom Noreen@aol.com. #29

 

 

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Sparta Town & Country Days

Sparta Town & Country Days 2014

Fun for the Whole Herd – July 16-20

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Wednesday July 16 Event Schedule

10 am to 2 pm:  Free Senior Health Fair

at Meadowlark Retirement Village, 65 Ida Red Ave. Graceful living, healthy options and access to health vendors, health screens and demos.

3 pm to 4 pm: Library time – Have a Whole Herd of Fun!

at Sparta Township Library, 80 North Union. Story time, craft & snack.

5 pm to 8 pm:   Scouts Honor Kids Carnival

Troop #704 in Rogers Park. Pizza Fun for kids age 3-10! 5 Tickets for $1, 1 Ticket per game

5 pm: Carnival Rides Open in the Village Parking Lot!

Unlimited Ride Armband: 5pm to close for $17.00.

5 pm to 7 pm: Community Pig Roast

At Sparta Civic Center. $7.00 (ages 10 and up) $4.00 (10 & under)

5 pm to 8 pm:  Historic Research Center OpenHouse

71 N. Union (across from the Sparta Library)

5 pm to 8 pm:  Historic Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

71 N. Union (across from the Sparta Library). Take a trip down memory lane on a horse drawn carriage ride with a commentated tour of Historic Sparta featured landmarks. $5 per person, 3 and under FREE

5:30 to 6pm: Martial Arts Demo

in Roger’s Park. Fun for the whole family!  Come watch as students, age 4 and up, demonstrate self defense, weaponry and karate techniques.

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Sparta Co-op Preschool Open House

at Sparta Co-op Preschool, behind Sparta Civic Center. Meet our teachers and see the benefits of a cooperative preschool!

6 pm: Opening and Coronation Ceremony

In Rogers Park. Including Sparta Police Department Officer of the Year,Sparta Fire Department, Firefighter of the Year. Introduction of the 2014 Parade Grand Marshals. 8th Annual Young Johnny Appleseed and Miss Apple Blossom Coronation Ceremony (Preregistered 5th Grade Finalists Only)

6:30 pm:  Concert in the Park

in Rogers Park. Live Band: Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son featuring country music. Bring lawn chairs for the free concert.

At Intermission:  Barnyard Dance. 

in Roger’s Park Come one, come all, join the fun!

7 pm to 8pm: Free Watermelon Social

in Rogers Park.

Ongoing: Art in Sparta Competition and Exhibit (formerly the Visual Arts Competition)

in Sparta Township Library. Entry forms available at Sparta Library, Ad Solutions or on-line at spartafair.com.  Entries accepted on Monday, July 14th from 9am – Noon and 4pm – 7pm.

Thursday, July 17 Event Schedule

9 am to 4 pm: HCNC Junior Naturalist Day

16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Hiking, exploring, free hands-on activities and animals! Call 616-675-3158 or visit lilysfrogpad.com

9am – 11am: Myers Schoolhouse Museum

13 Mile Rd. & Division. Discover historic Sparta memorabilia at the Schoolhouse Museum

11am – 4pm: Historic Research Center Open House

71 N. Union (across from Sparta Library)

1 pm to 5 pm: Kid’s Bop N’ Bowl

at Sparta Lanes. Kids 17 and under bowl two free games. Adults 18 & over $1 game Free shoe rental!

5 pm to Close: Carnival Rides in the Village Parking Lot

5 pm: 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

in Balyeat Field parking lot  190 Olmstead. Visit www.spartafair.com for entry details! Age Divisions for youth AND adults.

5pm -8pm: Art in Sparta Competition and Exhibit (formerly the Visual Arts Competition)

at Sparta Township Library, 80 N. Union St.. Follow the Footprints! Opening Night “Meet the Artists”.  View art entries from our local artists, young and old.  Anyone can enter, cash prizes awarded.  Entry forms available at Sparta Library, Ad Solutions or on-line at spartafair.com.  Entries accepted on Monday, July 14th from 9am – Noon and 4pm -7pm.

5pm – Close: North Kent Eagles Club  186 E. Division

Open to the public.  Pull tabs & Keno.  Stop by for some food!

7:30 pm: “Double Yellow” HOT AIR BALLOON Launch

in Balyeat Field. Come and watch the beautiful “Double Yellow” lift off for your viewing pleasure.

Weather permitting.

~ PARTY ON MAIN ST! ~

Starts at 5pm.  All events are located in the downtown area between 

Union St. & Maple St. with the road closed!

5pm – 8pm: Kids Chalk Walk: The Creation Pasture!

Register your child to decorate their piece of pavement with chalk. FREE!

5pm – 8pm: Scout’s Carnival-Troop #704

An old fashioned penny, kids carnival for children age 3-10. 5 tickets for $1. One ticket per game.

5:30 – 8:30 pm: Celtic Corner

at Larson Law/Freeland Chiropractic, 200 E. Division. Learn more about the free, family festival August 9th, 2014 in Roger’s Park. Bring the kids for a free temporary knot work apple tattoo.

Irish Music & Dancers

Gasta will be performing on stage!  Enjoy a sampling of Celtic music & dancing to prepare for the Celtic Fest on August 9 in Roger’s Park!

Face Painting

FREE face painting for the young and young at heart!

Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Rootbeer Floats

Back by popular demand! Go back in time and watch the antique powered ice cream machine while you enjoy real old fashioned ice cream!

Trini’s Outdoor Mexican Fiesta

At Downtown Trini’s & Margarita Joe’s. Celebrate Trini’s 20th anniversary in the Outdoor Mexican Fiesta with their outdoor patio, live music and drink specials!

Live Entertainment featuring the Vida Band!

Playing classics and favorites on the Main stage from 5pm-9pm!

Paint the Town One Step at a Time (Footprint display)

Follow the footprints through downtown Sparta to see where they lead!  Your destination is at the Sparta Library for the Art in Sparta Exhibit from 5pm-8pm!

Antique Tractor Display

Stop downtown to check out the Antique Tractor Power Club display!

5:30pm – 6pm: Dance with me Dancers

Watch these young dancers in their street performance!

6 pm: Duct Tape Contest 

Get CrEaTiVe!  Entry details at spartafair.com

Friday, July 18 Event Schedule

Kid’s Day!

9am -7pm: Art in Sparta Competition and Exhibit (formerly the Visual Arts Competition)

at Sparta Township Library, 80 N. Union St. View art entries from our local artists, young and old.  Anyone can enter, cash prizes awarded.  Entry forms available at Sparta Library, Ad Solutions or on-line at spartafair.com.  Entries accepted on Monday, July 14th from 9am – Noon and 4pm -7pm.

9am – 11 am: Myers Schoolhouse Museum

at 13 Mile Rd. & Division. Discover historic Sparta memorabilia.

10 am to 4 pm: Railroad Depot Open House

400 N. Union. Come and tour Sparta’s 115 year old Depot, Caboose and Rail Cars. Fantastic replica model railroad in the Box Car.

11am-4pm: Historic Research Center Open House

71 N Union (across from the Sparta Library). Featuring Town & Country Days past memorabilia

11 am: Kid’s Parade

N. Union St. to Balyeat Field. Decorate bikes, wagons, strollers, etc. Helmets required for bikes, scooters, inline skates. Line up at Alma / N. Union. Popcorn & drinks served in Balyeat Field after the parade.

11 am: YMCA Youth Fitness Challenge in Balyeat Field

Fitness challenges like jump rope, standing long jump, hurdles etc…Prizes for the kids plus enter to win a FREE 1 Month YMCA membership!

11 am – 2pm: Painting Paper Weights for Wildflowers

In Balyeat Field. Paint a rock paper weight or try your hand at the bean bag toss. Donations benefit Old Orchard prairie at Sparta High School.

11 am to 4 pm: Petting Zoo

in Balyeat Field. Hands on petting zoo while the Jolly 4-H’ers teach about farm animals. Handwashing area available and always encouraged.

11 am to 5 pm: Wacky, Wild & Weird Hair

in Balyeat Field. Wacky hair, Feathers, Extensions and Eye Candy!

11:30am – 1:30pm: Veggie Fear Factor

In Balyeat Field. Do you have “Veggie Valor”?  Take the veggie challenge for your chance to win prizes!  FREE!

11:30am – 2pm: Big Wheels

In Balyeat Field. Enjoy an up close and personal view of your favorite Big Wheeled Vehicles.

11:30am-2pm: $1 Pony Rides

In Balyeat Field

11:30am – 2:30pm: MallowCraft

In Balyeat Field. Be like Steve and help engineer a sweet tabletop marshmallow world!  FREE!

11:30am – 7pm: Stay and Play Kid Zone in memory of Patti Olin

Kid’s activity area including bubbles, water, sand and more!

11:30am – 7pm: Army Booth

In Balyeat Field. Rock Climbing Wall and US Army and Army Reserves Recruiting

Noon to Close: Carnival Rides

in the Village Parking Lot. Kid’s Day Ride Special: Noon – 5pm: $1 per ride! Unlimited Ride Armband: 5pm-Close for $17.00

Noon & 2pm: Stories to be Heard by All

In Balyeat FIeld. With Mary C. Riley and Sign Language Interpreter Curtis Borst. All ages welcome to watch and listen to a variety of tales.

4 pm to 12:59 am: Entertainment (Beer) Tent-Alumni Night

in Balyeat Field. $5.00 Cover. Featuring Budweiser beverages, pop & water.

2014 Live music by UNION GUNS starting at 8pm.

Only guests 21 & over with a valid photo ID will be admitted after 9:00 p.m. MICHIGAN LAW REQUIRES A VALID PHOTO ID!

4:30 pm to 7 pm: Lion’s Chicken BBQ

in the Sparta Civic Center. Half chicken & fries – $8.00

4 pm to 8 pm: Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

in Balyeat Field. $5 per person, Kids 3 and under free.

5 pm: Kickball Tournament

in Rogers Park. Sponsor: Cascade Die Casting

5 pm – 5:30 pm – 6:00pm: Bale Toss Competition

in Balyeat Field. Win CASH and bragging rights! FREE registration at time of event. Kids at 5:00 – Ladies at 5:30 – Men at 6:00.

6:30pm -9pm: Dee Jay the Clown

in Balyeat Field

 

8 pm to Midnight: North Kent Eagle’s Club

186 E. Division. Open to the public with live entertainment with the Bimini Brothers. Pull tabs & Keno.

7:30 pm: Pedal Tractor Pull

in Balyeat Field. Kids ages 9 & younger compete for trophies & ribbons. Everyone “pulls” – starting with the youngest. Registration opens at 6:30.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 Event Schedule

8 am: 24th Annual Run/Walk Thru Sparta

Start and finish in Balyeat Field. A fast, flat & exciting 5K(3.1 Mile) course through Sparta’s neighborhood paved streets and rural roads! Register online at goracego.com. Race morning registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Sparta Town & Country Days and Sparta Sports Boosters.

8:40 am: Children’s Fun Run (FREE Event)

NEW Start / Finish in Balyeat Field. 12 years and younger. You can even Run for Rides! Ages 12 and under. Register online at goracego.com or race morning 6:30-7:45 am.

8 am to 9 pm: Men’s Softball Tournament

at Nash Field. Men’s double elimination, wooden bat tournament. $200 Team Registration. Home run derby & bat raffle. Contact Bill VanOs at 616-318-8916.

9am -2pm: Art in Sparta Competition and Exhibit (formerly the Visual Arts Competition)

at Sparta Township Library, 80 N. Union St.. View art entries from our local artists, young and old.  Anyone can enter, cash prizes awarded.  Entry forms available at Sparta Library, Ad Solutions or on-line at spartafair.com.  Entries accepted on Monday, July 14th from 9am – Noon and 4pm -7pm.

9 am to 3 pm: Petting Zoo

in Balyeat Field. Hands on petting zoo while the Jolly 4-H’ers teach about farm animals. Handwashing area available and always encouraged.

9 am to 4 pm: Commercial Expo

in Balyeat Field. Area businesses, local organizations and independent consultants showcase their goods, products and services.

9 am to 4 pm: Craft Show

in Balyeat Field. Crafts and wares from crafters near and far!

10 am: Beef Cattle Show

at Buth Field. 9 am registration.Beef & Feeder Steer Show. Beef Showmanship, Market & Breed Classes.

10 am to 4 pm: Railroad Depot Open House

400 N. Union. Come and tour Sparta’s 115 year old Depot, Caboose and Rail Cars. Fantastic replica model railroad in the Box Car.

10am to 4pm: Army Booth

In Balyeat Field

Rock Climbing Wall and US Army and Army Reserves Recruiting

10:00 am until after parade: Hospitality Area & Restrooms

at Sparta Baptist Church. Music, free refreshments and hot dogs. Stick around to watch the Parade from the corner of State St. & Division. The building will be open for bathroom use, too!

11am – 4:30pm: Stay & Play Kid Zone in memory of Patti Olin

In Balyeat Field. Join in on the fun with bubbles, water, sand & more!

11am -5pm: Wacky, Wild & Weird Hair

in Balyeat Field. Wacky Hair, Feathers, Extensions and Eye Candy!

11:30 am: 6th Annual Balyeat Bags

in Balyeat Field. Registration Form – Click Here! THREE Division, double elimination, Cornhole Tournament with cash prizes. Contact Ryan at 616-262-2885 or spartacornhole@gmail.com

12:00 Noon: PARADE!

2014 Grand Marshals – Paul “Sharky” Badgerow & Donald Reed. Commentated with bleacher seating at Union & Division. Please enjoy the parade while keeping your kids curbside for safety!

12:00 Noon to Close: Carnival Rides

in the Village Parking Lot. Unlimited Ride Armband 5p-Close for $17.

Visit www.spartafair.com for 2$ COUPON! – Coming Soon!

Noon to 1 am: Entertainment Tent

in Balyeat Field. No Cover Charge. $2 beers Noon-6! Featuring Budweiser beverages, pop & water. Only guests 21 & over will be admitted after 8:00 p.m with a valid photo ID. MICHIGAN LAW REQUIRES A VALID PHOTO ID!

Live Music in Balyeat Field

2014 Live Music starts at 4:30pm with Mid West Dueling Pianos and concludes with Union Guns at 8:30pm.

1 pm – 4pm: Sparta Fire Dept. Safety Information Demo

in Balyeat Field Parking Lot. NEW! Fire safety information, check out the new rescue truck and see a live fire demonstration showing advantages of smoke detectors and sprinkler systems.

1 pm to 4 pm: La Placita de los Niños

in Balyeat Field. Children’s booth with free arts and crafts, games, prizes, face painting, and information on community resources.

1:30pm – 4pm: “Make your Own” Joyful Noise

In Balyeat Field

Get creative & make your own musical instrument.  Come back at 4pm to “Get Happy” with a community play along!

$1 Donation supports Sparta Band Boosters.

2 pm: Arm Wrestling Competition

in Balyeat Field. Jr. State Championship. Men, women, and children welcome. Weigh-ins -11 am to 1:30pm. Parent signature required if under 18. Call Matt & Tara at (616)893-3071 or visit Michiganarms.com.

2:00 pm: 8th Annual John Beuschel Memorial Antique Tractor Pull

at the Sparta Airport, 9100 Vinton NW. ENTRANCE ON VINTON south of 11 Mile! 1957 and older. $10 per class entry fee. Pull on transfer sled. Call Harvey at (616) 642-6239 for registration info.

Admission: $4.00 12 yrs. old and up, $1.00 for ages 11 and under. Concessions available.

3pm: Goat Show – NEW EVENT!

In Roger’s Park. 4-H sanctioned show open to all youth ages 5-19. Need not be 4-H member to participate. For more information call Beth (616) 915-8548 or visit spartafair.com. 1:45 – 2:30pm: Registration. 2:30-3pm: Showmanship Clinic with Mr. White. 3pm: Goat Show begins

3:30 pm: Barnyard Dance

Kid’s Stage in Balyeat Field. Come one, come all! Join the fun with your favorite barnyard character friends.

4:30pm – 8pm: Midwest Dueling Pianos

5 pm: USLMRA National Lawn Mower Races

at the Sparta Airport, Entrance on Division. Benefiting Huntington’s Foundation of MI. Rain or shine.

Admission $5.00 per person 12+. Pit pass $5.00. www.letsmow.com.

Concessions available.

Bring your own lawn chairs. Closed course modified lawn mower racing.

Enter to win your own race-ready lawn mower!

5 pm: Bike Giveaway

at the Balyeat Field Bridge. One boys bike and one girls bike will be given away.

5 pm to 9 pm: 16th ANNUAL Evening CAR & TRUCK Cruise IN

in Balyeat Field RAIN or SHINE

Come out with your classics, customs or hot rods and enjoy a summer evening

filled with fun and live entertainment. Vehicle registration – any non-perishable food pantry donation.

All donations will benefit the local Peace Lutheran Church food pantry.

No judging….just a good time!

8 pm to Midnight: North Kent Eagles Club

186 E. Division

Open to the public – LIVE entertainment featuring The Bimini Brothers

Pull tabs and Keno available.

8 pm to 10 pm: Sky Lanterns

in Balyeat Field

Hosted by: Knowlton & McFall Dentistry

$6 each or 2 for $10. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

Sky Lanterns Release at 10pm! Bring your own lighter.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 Event Schedule

1 pm: Jim Keech Memorial USLMRA National Lawn Mower Races

at the Sparta Airport, Entrance on Division. Benefiting Huntington’s Foundation of MI. Rain or shine.

Admission $5.00 per person 12+. Pit pass $5.00. www.letsmow.com. Concessions available. Bring your own lawn chairs. Closed course modified lawn mower racing. Enter to win your own race-ready lawn mower!

1 pm: 3rd Annual ThingamaBOG (Mud Bogs)

at the Sparta Airport, 9100 Vinton NW. West Michigan Mud Runs will bring this FAMILY FUN event back to Sparta! $7 Adult Admission, Kids 4-12 – $5, Kids 3 and under – Free. Entrance on Vinton south of 11 Mile Rd. Concessions available. Check out our progressive style track as we prepare to do some Muddin’! You won’t want to miss this…..trucks gettin’ dirty and slingin’ mud like you wouldn’t believe!

3pm: Community Concert

At Peace Lutheran Church, 12 Mile Rd. Featuring the West Michigan Lutheran Chorale.

An ice cream social will follow this FREE fun-filled event!

5pm: Community Picnic

in Roger’s Park. Bring a dish to pass and your own picnic necessities (blanket, beverage, utensils, lawn chair etc..)

6 pm: A Night of Worship and Praise

in Roger’s Park. An evening of uplifting contemporary Christian music!

8 pm to 10 pm: Sky Lanterns

on the Sparta Middle School front lawn. $6 each or 2 for $10, Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

Sky Lantern release at 10 pm. Bring your own lighter!

10 pm: Sky Lantern RELEASE!

10:15 pm: FIREWORKS

Fireworks launched from Ridgeview. Enter at 12 Mile ONLY.

VIP Spectator parking is available at the High School for a $5 donation per car.

Pre-fireworks festivities: Music, and Bounce House included with parking donation.

Rain Date: Friday, July 25, 2014

Be sure to watch WZZM 13 and WOOD TV 8 for the latest schedule details!

 

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The Sword of the Spirit 

This lady surprised a burglar in her kitchen. He was all loaded down with the things he was going to steal. She had no weapon and was all alone. The only thing that she could think to do was quote scripture. So she holds up a hand and shouts: “ACTS 2:38!”

The burglar quakes in fear and then freezes to the point that she is able to get to the phone and call 911 for the cops. When the cops arrive, the burglar is still frozen in place. They are very much surprised that a woman alone with no weapon could do this. One of them asked the lady: “How did you do this?”

The woman replied, “I quoted scripture.”
The cop turned to the burglar: “What was it about the scripture that had such an effect on you?”

The burglar replied: “Scripture! What scripture? I thought she said she had an ax and two 38s.”

 

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