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Community Celebration Day this Saturday


The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce expects 60-plus vendors at this year’s Community Celebration Day Saturday. Last year’s event drew about half that. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce expects 60-plus vendors at this year’s Community Celebration Day Saturday. Last year’s event drew about half that. Post photo by J. Reed.

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)

 

 

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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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