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Small Town, Big Events
Do you ever stop to think about how fortunate we are to live, work and play in such a great community? Not only is Chesaning a safe and friendly village with many locally-owned small businesses and great schools, but our entertainment options and events do not allow for complaints of boredom, especially during the summer months.
Our Fireworks Show was a great success this year with a tremendous increase in spectators over last year’s show and a fantastic display by Wolverine Fireworks. Of course we thank our financial sponsors for the event but I also wanted to note that we had at least 21 volunteers involved who helped to set up, take admission fees at the gate and clean up the next day. The time and talent that these individuals donated to the event benefit the entire community and we thank them for their help.
Many residents departed Chesaning for northern Michigan over the 4th of July long holiday weekend but they came back to a town hopping with visitors at two great happenings, the Annual Classic and Muscle Car Show on the boulevard and the Dawn Patrol and Fly-In at the airport. Both events had great turn-outs and lots of positive comments from the public. Someone joked that it would have been neat if there had been an event on the river… it could have been billed as a “By Land, Air and Sea” themed weekend. Maybe next year.
The action didn’t stop there because this past weekend saw music at the Showboat Park amphitheater by local artists on Friday night and Jake Slater, the beloved Elvis tribute artist, on Saturday night, opened by the St. Peter Parish band and choir. On Sunday, the annual 5k River Run and Walk also took place in the park and on the surrounding streets with about 50 participants. Market Off Broad also kicked off their season this past weekend with the Saturday market running through October 14. The volunteers at Broad Street Events have also been providing free family-friendly movie nights this summer with the next show scheduled for July 21.
Coming soon, the Saginaw County Fair will provide days of entertainment followed closely by the popular Mid-Michigan Gas Tractor Show in August. With so many great activities in one summer, Chesaning residents and visitors will never lack for entertainment this summer. Be sure to play tourist in your home town and get out and enjoy all that there is to see and do. And be sure to thank the many volunteers who make it all possible.
Greg Bruff, President