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 […]
West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association
Reds to partner with REF for Second City event Reds on the River is kicking off the New Year by partnering with the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) to help raise money for educational opportunities for persons of all ages in Rockford. Reds will be donating 10 percent of food sales for guests who present their tickets or ticket stubs for The Second City spectacular to be held at the Rockford High School Auditorium on January 23. The offer is valid from January 23 through February 28, 2010. Ticket stubs may be used for multiple visits to Reds during this designated time period. The donation applies only to the food bills of guests who present their Second City tickets or stubs. Sales will be coded and tracked by Reds’ computer system, and a check will be presented to REF the first week of March. Free bluegrass event to be held in Comstock Park The West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association (WMBMA) is hosting a free bluegrass event for players and spectators on Saturday, Jan. 16. A free open band showcase and jam session will begin at 7 p.m. at Fricano’s Pizza, 5808 Alpine NW, Comstock Park, and will continue for as long as the participants wish to play. Bands, groups or individuals wishing to showcase their talent will have an opportunity to perform on stage. A house band will be available for backup, if desired. Bluegrass musicians at all levels are welcome. This jam session is held in a large smoke-free room with food and beverages available for purchase, making it an ideal event for non-musical guests who enjoy listening to free bluegrass music. For more information on this event or the WMBMA organization, please call WMBMA President Dave Simmonds at (616) 897-6220 or visit www.wmbma.org.