Scottville Clown Band at Start of Summer Parade!

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Come and welcome “The Big Noise from Scottville” to Rockford! When you see the Scottville Clown Band; you’re amused by their colorful attire and crazy antics. When you hear them play, you’re amazed at their extraordinary talent. They’ve been entertaining crowds in Michigan for over 100 years, with no sign of slowing down.  In 1903, a musical group of Scottville merchants dressed up as hillbillies and began entertaining at local carnivals. Their popularity grew until World War II called its members away and the group disbanded. In 1947, a local businessman, Ray Schulte, resurrected the group, and to this day, the Scottville Clown Band continues to bring smiles to countless faces. The horns, cymbals, and drums give the Clown Band their other name—”The Big Noise from Scottville.” The Scottville Clown Band will perform during the Start of Summer Celebration Parade on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. and in the Lion’s Beverage Tent at 12:30pm. This FREE event is sponsored by the Family Fare Supermarkets, this is just one of the many ways our Chamber Members gives back to our great Rockford community!   For more information on Start of Summer, please contact the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at 616.866.2000 or our website  

Wearin’ of the Green

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF and NANCY HILL GeneAnn Schaefer of Courtland & Main’s Frame and Mat Shop has told us for years that we really should attend the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Conklin, Michigan. So this St. Patrick’s Day (Tuesday morning) the Squire took a 17-mile road trip west of Rockford to discover just where the heck Conklin, MI was.  Turns out Conklin is a little farming community in the middle of apple country.  Main Street holds a feed mill, a seed store, a general store, and the post office along with its one claim to fame, Fenian’s Irish Pub. Fenian’s is not just any Irish pub; it has been voted the number one Irish pub in Michigan.  It is an authentic family-owned and operated Irish Public House.  It also has the reputation of being the “Home of Irish music in West Michigan.” Fenian’s is the official or unofficial, if you will, sponsor of the town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The 22nd Annual “Wearin’ of the Green” Parade turned out to be, as touted by Schaefer, “One hoot of a parade.”  Mind you, Main Street is only three blocks long.  The parade kicked off promptly at 11 a.m. from the north end of Main Street, with the intention of walking the entire three-block distance. Leading the parade was 2009 Grand Marshal Rob Schaefer (husband of Grand Marshalette, GeneAnn) proudly waving the Irish Tri-Color flag. Following right behind was Fenian’s Fiddle & Bodhran Band, along with the Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School Marching Band playing Irish tunes.  The Drum Major was directing the band with an authentic Irish Shillelagh.  The cast of characters was as short as the parade route itself.  There were a few dogs pulled in wagons, one antique car, a couple of bikes, and a flat-bed truck whose riders were tossing green beaded necklaces and green carnations to the spectators. What made this parade special was a throng of Irish and would-be-Irish, all clad in various shades of green, which joined in the parade as it proceeded down Main Street.  Ethnic origin aside, on this day, everyone present was Irish. As Irish luck would have it, Fenian’s Pub is smack-dab in the middle of the route and the parade ended right […]