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Old Fashioned Days celebrates Fruitport's 150th anniversary

Cora Hall • May 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM

FRUITPORT — The Old Fashioned Days festival will be celebrating Fruitport’s 150th anniversary this year with themed floats in the annual parade.

Old Fashioned Days begins today and runs through Monday, concluding with the Memorial Day Parade that begins at 2 p.m. at Fruitport Middle School.

Pat Stressman of the Fruitport Lions Club has been involved with Old Fashioned Days since 2005, serving as the event’s chairperson in 2014.

“I think the best part is just where people can all get together from all over the place, and we have so many free things that people don’t have to pay to have fun,” Stressman said what she likes about the annual festival.

Disney Princesses will be greeting children with cookies again this year, according to Stressman. This year’s princesses will include Snow White, Elsa and Belle. Johnny D. Robot Ranger from the Kent Family Magic Circus will also be making his debut at events to greet attendees.

Among the free events over the weekend are performances by Big Cadillac, Two Heded Chan and the Kathy Ford Band.

“Our bands are all new — we’ve never had any of these bands before,” Stressman said. “So, we’ve tried to diversify so we don’t have all jazz or all anything else. ... They’re different.”

The festival’s annual 5K race will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from the Fruitport High School football field, with check-in between 7 and 8 a.m.

Wristbands for the carnival midway, good for any day, are $25 each.

Daily events include staples such as the Lions Ox Roast, Pixie’s Pony Rides, and Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom and Petting Zoo. Firework shows begin at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday, which will be the largest fireworks display in West Michigan, according to organizers.

A time capsule buried 50 years ago was recently dug up and its contents will be on display at the Village Pharmacy of Fruitport until June 22, when it will be buried again on the anniversary of the day it was originally buried. The capsule’s contents on display during the festival will include news clips, guest books and a pair of shoes.

The only events that would be canceled due to rain are the firework shows, Stressman said.

A parking shuttle service will be available from Ram Electronics, 259 N. Third St., to Pomona Park all weekend.

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