Rockford to celebrate heritage this weekend

Heritage Weekend is the celebration of Rockford’s history, and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) invites you to take a step back in time and enjoy a simpler life with special Harvest Fest events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3.

During Heritage Weekend visitors can enjoy hayrides, strolling entertainment, music, a caricature artist, scarecrow making, kids’ tractor pull, the Great Pumpkin and a variety of fall activities.

Remember old-fashioned games like sack races, hula-hoop contests and the limbo? These fun games and children activities, along with the Great Pumpkin, will be set up in Garden Club Park in downtown Rockford. Best of all, participation in the good old-fashioned games and children’s activities are free!

D&W Plaza is the place to be to see local emergency vehicles, including the Rockford Police/D.A.R.E. car, Rockford fire engines and Rockford Ambulance for bike safety. Visitors can participate in a blood drive with Michigan Blood, get a flu shot and enjoy family fun by participating in children’s games and pumpkin painting.

Rockford’s 25th Annual Harvest Fest Chili Cook-off is a sure-fired winner, and the local fire chiefs who judge the contest know all about fires. The Harvest Fest Fourth Annual Car Show is predicted to be bigger and better this year. This event has showcased incredible cars dating from Model T’s and street rods to elegant classics. Visiting families and friends share histories with each other, noting cars they grew up with or seeing their dream car. Ask your firefighter friends who are judging this contest what is their favorite “ride.”

The Kids’ Tractor Pull will be featured during the Car Show and is sure to be fun for all. Before the children get on their mark to get set and go, the Rockford coloring contest winners will be announced. Those interested in participating in the coloring contest may go to D&W Fresh Market, The Rockford Squire newspaper or Vorpi Chiropractic to get an entry form.

Last, but not least, is the Rockford Fiddle Fest. The third annual West Michigan Fiddle Competition will be a tribute to the music of yesteryear. Talented musicians will be competing for prize money in the Junior, Teen and Adult divisions. Prize money for each division ensures the event will be very competitive and truly exciting. Along with the competition, be ready for spontaneous music to burst out all over Rockford this Saturday as musicians renew acquaintances and develop new ones through their music. West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association is hosting the event and the Bluegrass Echoes are playing between division competition, so be prepared to tap your feet and do si do!

Harvest Fest Heritage Weekend brochures are located at various businesses around the Rockford area. Please visit the RCC web site at www.rockfordmichamber.com for more information on Harvest Fest and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Contest forms, guidelines, and entry forms for the Chili Cook-off, Rockford Fiddle Fest, Kids’ Tractor Pull, and Coloring Contest are also available on the RCC website.

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