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Businesses benefit from farmers market and novelty food event


A farmer’s market and novelty food trucks offered great food during the Sand Lake community give back event the weekend of June 5. Courtesy photos.

During the weekend of June 5, the Village of Sand Lake became the intersection between novelty foods, a farmer’s market and community give back. 

Big Red’s BBQ, based out of Howard City, was on hand to dish up great smells and awesome grilled dishes; the farmer’s market vendors offered honey, fresh produce, flowers, and clothing; and Big Mike’s Kettle Corn served amazing kettle corn and fresh squeezed lemonade.  

The Sand Lake Trading Company was one of several businesses benefitting from the community give back. Courtesy photo.

At a time in America when finances are shaky and business owners are suffering, the Village of Sand Lake partnered with Big Red’s BBQ for the community give back event.  Big Red’s BBQ donated 10 percent of its weekend profits to the Village of Sand Lake.  In turn, the Village of Sand Lake gave the entire $600 back to local businesses, who suffered during the COVID19 pandemic.  

“We had seven businesses that were directly impacted, either through mandated closure or through ‘carry out’ only,” said Village President Tracy Quinlan.

The Village of Sand Lake intends to expand on community give back by bringing food trucks to the first annual Food Cruise, July 10–12, 2020, hosted by the Village and the Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce. 

“We are super excited about doing some new things this year!” remarked Quinlan.

“If you have a food truck or know of someone who does, please contact the Village of Sand Lake for an application. You will get some great exposure to your business while serving up delightful cuisine. Please plan on attending the Food Cruise!”

The farmer’s market, open every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is looking for vendors.  Currently, the vendor spaces are free. Come enjoy local tastes and support local farmers and artisans. Please send an email to:  bfeenstra@grar.com, if you are interested in providing home-grown flavors.

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A spectacular Fourth of July celebration


Ferris Wheel and Classic Cars – Nicole Sviezikas Arthur

We asked readers on our Facebook page to send us their photos of them celebrating at the Sand Lake Fourth of July events, and they sent us some great photos. It looks like everyone had a great time! We heard some rumblings about a problem with the fireworks display, and then saw that the Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce posted about it on their Facebook page:

“We would like to communicate that the fireworks display last night is not what was planned. There were some technical issues when the display went off, causing the grand finale to go off a lot earlier than expected, there were some struggles after that. We are working with the firework company to make sure 2019, our 150th year, will make up for this, and be the best 4th of July firework display in Sand Lake yet.”

Thank you to everyone who posted or sent us photos. Here are just a few to show you what a great time everyone had!

See more pics on our facebook page www.facebook.com/cedarspringspost/

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Sand Lake Fourth of July celebration starts next week


The Britton family. Scott and Robyn Britton are serving as Grand Marshals for this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Sand Lake. Courtesy photo.

Scott and Robyn Britton chosen as Grand Marshals

The 149th Fourth of July Celebration in Sand Lake starts next week with the theme Celebrating the Decades. This long-running event celebrating our country’s independence is a fun tradition for families in the Sand Lake, Cedar Springs, and surrounding areas.

The event starts next Thursday evening, June 28, with a fireman’s parade of lights at dusk. On Friday, June 29, the carnival opens at 1 p.m., and the fun continues with a variety of activities daily through July 4. Highlights of that day include a grand parade and one of the best fireworks shows around. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

Grand Marshals for this year are Scott and Robyn Britton. They have lived in Nelson Township for the majority of their lives, and both are graduates of Cedar Springs High School, and have known each other since their freshman year. They have been married almost 29 years, and have raised three children, all whom have graduated from Tri County High School. Their oldest daughter, Hannah, just graduated from St. Mary’s Notre Dame; son Jesse just finished his third year at Ferris State University; and their youngest son, Jake, is heading to Northern Michigan University this fall. 

The Brittons have been construction workers and farmers their whole life. Hard work is what the Brittons have brought to the township for the last three decades. Britton Builders has built a number of homes in the area while employing people from within the community. They have also volunteered their services to Sand Lake Little League and other charities through the years. Just recently Scott arranged for local musician Luke Gitchel to entertain Tri County seniors at Nelson/Sand Lake Library on Friday senior day.

Scott also likes to show the art of being a “hands on” carpenter. He has employed a number of high school students from Tri County and Cedar Springs, and college students on summer breaks, teaching them hard work and skilled trades. Scott believes putting trades back into high school gives kids a career if they choose not to go to college. Scott is also a longtime member of the Tri County Eagles.

Robyn has had her hands full for a number of years as a Tri County school volunteer. With farming and working in the construction industry, she has supported her family and community, bringing in her own skills. She also serves in a governmental capacity—last year she was appointed to the position of Supervisor by the Nelson Township board. Robyn has numerous hours of involvement in the community, attending over 90 meetings and traveling over 3,000 miles in one year to bring awareness to the Sand Lake and Nelson Township communities. You will also find Robyn doing what she loves, restoring old homes and bringing value back to them and the community.

The Brittons would like to thank everyone for beng a part of the fourth of July celebration and the Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce for all the hard work they do to make this week a huge success for our community.

Scott and Robyn wish everyone a safe and happy fourth of July!

Article reprinted by permission of the Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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Christmas in Sand Lake


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The Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce is pulling out all the stops this year for Christmas, as they get both families and businesses involved in the celebration.

They held their annual Christmas tree lighting last weekend, will have a live nativity this weekend, and next weekend kicks off their 12 days of Christmas in Sand Lake. The live nativity will be held at Sand Lake United Methodist, on Friday, December 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 7, from 1-3 p.m.

The 12 days of Christmas kicks off Friday December 13 with all kinds of business activities and specials, a window decorating contest, scavenger hunt and more. Santa will be at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library on Saturday, December 14, from 10 to noon. There will also be many other family-friendly activities, such as caroling, a model train display, sled races, and more.

Businesses will be running great specials every day during the 12 days of Christmas. Take a look at all the specials they are running and all the great activities in their ad by clicking on the link below.

Sand Lake ChamberCHRISTMAS6x16fc4913.pdf

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