4 Things to See, Do at the Montrose Blueberry Festival

blueberries-690072_1280One look at the schedule for the 44th Annual Montrose Blueberry Festival, and it’s clear this town knows how to celebrate their favorite fruit. From pie-eating contests to blueberry pancake breakfasts, there’s something for everyone in Montrose this weekend. Here are a few highlights:

  1. The Wine & Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting (Thursday)

With nearly 30 different wine and beer options, this event “is bigger and better than ever,” says Janet Loomis, the festival’s treasurer. The tasting officially runs from 5-9 p.m. at the entertainment tent, but the gates officially open at 4:30 p.m.

  1. The Super Parade (Saturday)

Festival organizers predict that about 15,000 people will turn out for this 1.5-mile parade. About 100 organizations are signed up for the event, which runs from 1-3 p.m.

Note: If you want to check out the pint-sized version, don’t miss the annual Kids’ Parade Friday evening. Children may decorate bikes, wagons and miniature floats or walk the route in costume. As this year’s theme is “Gone Fishing,” kids are encouraged wear farmer-themed costumes, although any costume will be acceptable.

  1. Flea Market and Arts & Crafts/Home Show (Friday-Sunday)

There will be approximately 175 vendors spread out between these two events. The Flea Market, in City Park, will run from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Arts & Crafts/Home Show will set up shop at Carter Elementary from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

  1. The Blueberry Mud Bog (Saturday)

Sanctioned by the Concerned Racers 4/WD Club, this off-road motorsport event kicks off at 3 p.m. at 11320 N. McKinley Road. Admission for spectators is $8 per person, $2 for children age 5-10 and free for children under 5 years old. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Flint & Genesee

fireworks-1758_640The Fourth of July is fast approaching. Here are four festivals and fireworks displays that will keep area residents and visitors entertained this week.

Flint’s Carnival and Fireworks Display, July 2-5
Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District, Saginaw Street

Enjoy four days of family fun in downtown Flint with carnival rides, vendors and more. Fireworks are scheduled for Friday evening.

Clio Family Fun Day, July 4
Clio City Park, 402 N. Mill Street, Clio

The 33rd annual celebration will begin at 2 p.m. with a flag raising ceremony and end with a fireworks display at dusk.

Fenton Freedom Festival, July 4
Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. Leroy Street, Fenton

The 25th annual celebration will feature a pancake breakfast, parade, 5K race and fun run/walk, food vendors, rubber ducky race, classic car display, arts and crafts and more.  A fireworks display, set to music, will light up the sky at Silver Lake Park starting at dusk. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Montrose, July 4
Montrose Township Barber Park, 11410 Seymour Road

Hosted by the Montrose Patriots Club, the event will include a petting zoo, the launching of sky lanterns, concessions, music and entertainment. Residents can purchase a lantern for $5 at the Farmers’ Market on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. or at M-57 Aggregate in downtown Montrose.

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Michigan Activity Pass Provides Free Access to Hundreds of Parks, Cultural Attractions

Poster%2024x36[1]Michigan residents, take note: Your library card now provides you with access to explore hundreds of state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds and recreation areas – for free.

As part of the Michigan Activity Pass program, library cardholders can print out one-use admission passes simply by visiting their local library or the program’s website. (The passes are good for seven days after being printed.)

In Genesee County, participating locations include:

  • Applewood Estate
  • Buick Automotive Gallery
  • Flint Institute of Arts
  • Longway Planetarium
  • Montrose Historical and Telephone Pioneer Museum
  • Sloan Museum
  • Whaley Historic House Museum

When planning a visit to a venue through the MAP program, program officials recommend calling ahead to verify hours of operation.

For a full list of participating sites, click here. The program will run through May 23, 2016.

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The Montrose Blueberry Festival Sweetens Up The Week

side1The Montrose Blueberry Festival is back for another year of fun and food with a full slate of events to keep you and your family busy.  This year’s festival kicks off on August 15 and runs through August 18 and there are activities scheduled for each day.  This year there are two parades to look forward to with the Kids Parade being the first and happening on August 16. The theme for the Kids Parade this year is ‘Under the Big Top’ and children are encouraged to wear costumes that match the theme (though any costume the kids want to wear is just fine).  The Blueberry Super Parade will be held on Saturday the 17th and will kick off at 1PM.  The Super Parade draws crowds every year and is something that the community looks forward to each year. Featuring the Blueberry Queen and her Court and including music and fun for everyone, this is a parade not to be missed.

During the festival there will be 5 & 8K road races on Saturday, a Slo-Pitch Softball Tourney, a Mud Bog, a Blueberry Pancake Breakfast, and a movie night.  If fast paced excitement isn’t for you there will also be a Karaoke contest, shopping galore, and the The Shiabruck Medieval Village for a fun taste of the past, which will be near the High School.

The Montrose Blueberry Festival is one of the most beloved events of Genesee County and this year looks to have enough excitement to make the most frowny of faced smile.  If you haven’t been out that way for this great event make this the year and see what everyone’s been talking about and what makes Montrose such a wonderful community.

The Montrose Blueberry Festival

Montrose, Michigan

August 15 – 18, 2013

www.montroseblueberryfestival.net