Heritage Festival: Where history is more than a picture
Take a step back in time during the 33rd annual Heritage Festival, Aug. 1-3, at Montcalm Heritage Village on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.
The opening ceremony is Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. at the gazebo, followed by the Montcalm County Commission on Aging Senior Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Heritage Village. Special events include lunch, drawings, door prizes, free blood pressure checks sponsored by Metron of Greenville and a scavenger hunt. Transportation is provided from the parking area.
New this year is a “Salute to Veterans” on Aug. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Heritage Village Bandstand/Gazebo.
“We’ll be acknowledging all who have served and learning about veterans from Montcalm County through the years,” said organizer Dr. Gary Hauck. “Colors will be posted by members of the American Legion Posts from Carson City and Stanton, and we’ll participate in the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.”
All veterans are invited to enjoy a free lunch at the Heritage Village pavilion following the presentation.
Several activities and displays are available all three days, including historical displays in Heritage Village buildings, live music, an antique tractor display, children’s activities, ironwork demonstrations in the Blacksmith Shop, a display of a railroad speeder and equipment, demonstrations by the American Mountain Men, a Civil War Encampment, craft demonstrations, an ice cream parlor and dairy equipment display, antique small engine displays, steam engine display and demonstrations, cake walks and more. The Montcalm Area Master Gardeners will also offer garden tours.
The MCC Foundation hosts its pancake breakfast Aug. 3 from 7 to 10 a.m. in MCC’s Activities Building. Proceeds from the breakfast support the MCCF Festival Scholarship Fund, which helps dual-enrolled students cover the cost of their books if financial help is needed. For advance tickets, contact MCC Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lund at 989-328-1284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vintage Base Ball returns to the festival Aug. 3 on MCC’s south and east lawns. All cranks, or fans, are invited to watch as five club nines, or teams, try to score enough aces, or runs, to win the game. Games start at 9 a.m. Parking and admission are free.
The festival is offered by the Montcalm Heritage Village Volunteers, a group of community members that works year-round in the historical Heritage Village on the college’s Sidney campus; MCC; and the MCC Foundation. Montcalm Heritage Village was established in 1986 on MCC’s campus and has grown to include 28 buildings and hundreds of artifacts from local areas depicting life in Michigan in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
For a complete schedule of events or for more information about Montcalm Heritage Village, visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival.