Family Fun

Harvest Fest—Week one is family fun

September 24, 2009 // 0 Comments

Forget high-tech, old-fashioned food and games are best What did kids and adults used to do to have fun? Find out during the three weekends of Harvest Festival in Rockford, starting this Friday with Family Fun Weekend. This year, what is new is what is old as students from the Rockford High School Youth Initiative offer old-fashioned games in Garden Club Park (by the dam). The games are free, although the club is accepting donations. The group has set a high goal this year of building a Habitat Home, hopefully somewhere in Rockford. The games will be noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays all three weekends and 1 to 4 p.m. each Sunday. The three weekends of fun begin Friday, September 25 as Rockford Rotary repeats their popular chicken dinner sale at the Rotary Pavilion from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Drive-up service is available for to-go orders. All three weekends enjoy hayrides, scarecrow making, and activities and demonstrations around town. Returning with a new twist is the chili cook-off, formerly a Jaycee event, now organized by the Rockford Chamber. Chefs should hone their recipes now for that event, held Saturday, October 3 during Heritage Weekend. Judges will be local firemen, traditional experts in the field. Set up will be in the Rotary Pavilion at 10 a.m. Also returning that weekend is the classic car show and fiddle competition. Kids will enjoy a chance to challenge their skills in a coloring contest (see page 11) with entries to be displayed at D&W. Winners will be announced the second weekend of Harvest Festival. “There are lots of new things, and also returning favorites,” said Brenda Davis, Rockford Chamber Director. Davis said merchants are joining the fun more this year by offering in-store demonstrations. Harvest Fest is in its 33rd year and is a celebration of old-fashioned activities and of hometown enjoyment. Rockford is the perfect setting for such an event, and is often compared to a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. Not all events take place in downtown proper. D&W will be selling hotdogs to benefit the North Kent Service Center this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Rockford Hardware will host an […]

Family Fun Day around the corner and along the Cannon trail

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Poker walk, run, ride offers plenty of prizes The new Cannon Township nature trail offers lovely scenery, chances to watch wildlife, and some great views of a variety of habitats. On Saturday, April 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the trail and Cannon Township Hall will host more than just a beautiful, handicap-accessible setting for outdoor enjoyment. The second annual Family Fun Day Poker Walk, Run, Ride offers prizes and auction items, family fun packs for the first 100 to sign up, and the chance to win a $400 bike from Village Bike and Fitness or a $100 gift certificate from The Runnery. The event is organized by Chris Radford. He and son Scott are teaming with the West Michigan chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Scott was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 years old. The illness caused many changes in the lives of Scott and his family as they began their regimen of blood sugar testing many times daily and administering insulin shots. The family describes the adjusting to the effects of diabetes as a roller coaster as Scott’s body slowly stopped producing insulin. Today Scott manages the disease with an insulin pump which is connected to an injection site. The Radford family has seen first-hand the devastating effect of the disease and decided that they need to do what they can to help find a cure for the disease. Forty new cases are diagnosed daily in the United States, and over three million people have the disease. The Family Fun Day Poker Walk, Run, Ride is the Radford’s contribution to the cause of finding a cure. For a minimum donation of $25, participants will receive a JDRF t-shirt and one free hand of poker. As walkers, runners and riders enjoy traveling the trail, they will pick up a poker card at stops along the way. The winning hands take home prizes. Additional hands may also be purchased. In addition to the grand and first prizes, there will be others, including gift baskets, gift certificates, food certificates, JDRF apparel, landscaping coupons and more. The first 100 family registrations also come with a free family fun pack including a sports bottle, free small pizza or breadsticks and other […]