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Chamber hopes Founders Day will be annual event


The Youz Guyz band was one of three at the Founders Day concert last Saturday.

The Youz Guyz band was one of three at the Founders Day concert last Saturday.

Residents braved the cold for the first ever Founders Day weekend in Cedar Springs, last Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, and Cedar Springs Area Chamber President Shawn Kiphart wants to make it an annual event.

“The whole weekend went great,” said Kiphart. “We thank the hundreds of people that came out. They braved the cold for the good food and drink we had, and I look forward to next year,” he added.

Algoma Christian’s play, “Cinderstein,” which the Chamber promoted as part of the weekend, was a sell out both Friday and Saturday at the Kent. The Cedar Springs Historical Museum was open Saturday and Sunday for tours, and offered Pioneer Crafts for the kids. However, so many kids went on Saturday for the crafts that they ran out on Sunday. The Dance Extravaganza at The Kent Theatre was also a hit.

Landon Prater, 7, of Cedar Springs, shows off the horse and covered wagon he made at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum Saturday.

Landon Prater, 7, of Cedar Springs, shows off the horse and covered wagon he made at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum Saturday.

Later in the afternoon Saturday there was music from area bands at the heated concert tent on Ash Street, along with pulled pork prepared by local grillers and several beverages, including specialty beer and hard cider. A power outage at the tent at the beginning of the concert delayed the opening act, but once the power came back on, the audience had a rollicking good time.

A storytelling time at the flowing well on Monday was moved inside to Perry’s Place due to harsh weather conditions. Storytellers included Post Editor Judy Reed; Sue Harrison, co-author of The Cedar Springs Story; Library Director Donna Clark; and Mayor Bob Truesdale.

Dancers from Dancing Plus were part of the lineup at the Dance Extravaganza at the Kent Theatre Saturday.

Dancers from Dancing Plus were part of the lineup at the Dance Extravaganza at the Kent Theatre Saturday.

Kiphart said there are some minor changes he would like to make for next year, such as moving it to the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day, and possibly doing the storytelling inside somewhere, like the museum.

The Founder’s Day weekend was to celebrate when Cedar Springs was officially recognized as a village, on March 18, 1871.

Rylie Bjorkman, 9 (left) and Kendyl Bjorkman, 7 (center), of Solon Township, show off the Pioneer dolls they made with Sharon Jett (right) at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum Saturday.

Rylie Bjorkman, 9 (left) and Kendyl Bjorkman, 7 (center), of Solon Township, show off the Pioneer dolls they made with Sharon Jett (right) at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum Saturday.

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