Scottville Harvest Festival begins Wednesday.

September 11, 2016

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SCOTTVILLE — The Scottville Harvest Festival is this week, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 14 and continuing through Saturday, Sept. 17. This year’s festival will have some new events, many of which are geared towards families and kids.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday with an all-day open house celebrating the centennial of City Hall, 105 N. Main Street. The building houses the city’s municipal offices and the Scottville Police Department. Until the early 1980s, it also served as the Scottville Fire Department station. Until the Scottville Optimist Center was built, about the same time, the second floor was the community hall for the city. The open house is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Scottville United Methodist Church, 114 W. State St., will host an ice cream social from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The carnival begins Thursday. This year’s carnival is a children’s carnival, with rides mostly for children ages 8 and under.

Thursday events kick off at 5 p.m. with a car show from the PM Historical Motoring Club in the west parking lot from 5 to 8 p.m. The UMC church will host a pie social at 5 p.m. and the Mason County Central High School Jazz Band will perform in the west parking lot beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Bottle & Can, 108 S. Main St., will feature beer tasting from Bells Brewery from 5 to 7 p.m. and the traditional free ox roast will start at 6 p.m. in the west parking lot. The Harvest Festival Queen coronation will take place at 7 p.m. at the Scottville Clown Band Shell.

A teen dance will be held in the Entertainment Tent in the west parking lot from 8 to 10 p.m. while the Custer Boot Scooters will entertain in the new Family Tent, located in the Smith & Eddy Insurance parking lot, 201 S. Main St., from 8 to 10 p.m.

Friday’s activities will include a quilt show at the Scottville Area Senior Center, 140 S. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family Tent activities from noon to 4 p.m. include the Sandcastles Children’s Museum scavenger hunt and the Mason County Reformed Church free throw.

A sledge hammer car by TNT Enterprize will be on South Main Street from noon to 9 p.m. The Kid and Pet Parade will begin at the corner of State Street and Reinberg Avenue at 6 p.m. and will travel east on State Street. The Western Michigan Old Engine Club will hold a garden tractor pull at Jabrocki’s Excavating, 117 S. Reinberg Ave., at 6 p.m. Also for the kids, there will be a Power Wheels Demo Derby on South Main Street at 7 p.m.

A family barn dance with Marek Music Makers will be a the Family Tent from 7 to 9 p.m. while Smoke & Mirrors will perform in the Entertainment Tent from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday events include an all day softball tournament at MacPhail Field. The Running of the Clowns 5K will take place at 10 a.m. with registration at 8 a.m. at Riverside Park.

The Gathering, which will feature local merchandise and food, will be held at the Family Tent from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The senior center will again feature a quilt show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Lyle Taylor Memorial Horseshoe Tournament takes place at the Charles Thompson Memorial Green adjacent to the Scottville Optimist Center beginning at 10 a.m .

The Harvest Festival Princess Contest begins at 11 a.m at the Clown Band Shell. The competition is open for girls ages 4 to 10.

A youth disc golf tournament takes place at Scottville Riverside Park beginning at 11 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $10 per golfer and includes a disc, ages up to 18.

A soup/sandwich lunch will take place at Scottville United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The grand parade, featuring grand marshal Jamie Spore, begins at 1 p.m. Following the parade, the Scottville Clown Band, celebrating its 69th year, will perform at the Entertainment Tent. Also following the parade will be a petting zoo on First Street near South Main Street. The Western Michigan Old Engine Club will hold a tractor pull after the parade on its grounds at Riverside Park and the Adam Rader Memorial Cow Plop will take place at the corner of Main and First streets. The event is a fund raiser.

There will be family activities in the Family Tent from 6 to 9 p.m. and winners of the Mason County Family Events art show will be announced there at 6:30 p.m.

The Shot Man Band will end the festival in the Entertainment Tent from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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