Scottville Clown Band to perform at Start of Summer

See the Scottville Clown Band this Saturday, June 12 during Rockfrord’s Start of Summer Parade.

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, […]

Start of Summer Celebration begins now

DO YOU WANT TO BE A FIREFIGHTER?—Again this year join Rockford firefighters in waterball competitions outside the firebarn following the parade on Saturday. You must sign up by calling Rockford Fire Chief Mike Reus at (616) 866-1553.

There is no reason to wait for Start of Summer fun. Rockford residents can begin enjoying beautiful downtown Rockford and the carnival in the South Squires Street lot on Thursday, June 11. As a special thank you to City residents for putting up with all the activities, the City again offers Community Night on Thursday […]

Memories of early Start of Summer

NEW TO SEE AND DO—There will be plenty of repeat favorites such as tours of the Little Red Schoolhouse (Saturday from 12:30 to 3 p.m., it's free) and the band Outer Vibe (Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion) at Start of Summer. Among the new events this year is a visit by Elvis to the new American Legion hall, 330 Rockford Park Drive (off Northland Drive). Elvis—with special guest Tom Jones—will appear on Friday, June 12, with doors to open at 7 p.m. and show time at 8 p.m. (for the two-hour show). Karaoke to follow in lounge. Prior to show enjoy a patio barbecue at the lounge, open to the public all day. Tickets are just $10.

by Tom Lindquist The Start of Summer celebration is in its 41st year this year and is undeniably one of the most popular downtown annual events. It was not always the power-packed event we will see this weekend.  In the 1950s Rockford’s had a row of booths and about four rides on Squire Street and […]