The first event was the pancake breakfast at the firehouse. Lines were long when we arrived shortly after 9 but the food held out. Kids have the most fun here because they get to climb all over the fire trucks.
And some kids just make themselves at home in a firetruck with a good book :-)
We finally made it in where we found a room full of people and friendly firemen cooking and serving.
Pancakes and sausages were quickly consumed and it was time to find a place to watch the parade. After the kids' bike brigade, our vets opened the parade, followed shortly by police and firetrucks.
Classic cars and a Corvette calvacade followed.
Then came the politicians, some of whom, due to their campaign parade signs, did not deserve or receive a photo.
Then some miscellany,
that included fire baton twirling and the winning parade float.
The final fire engine closed out the parade.
Everyone then either walked through the Classic Car display on the new Headley Street and/or onto the games, food, and entertainment down at Fulton and Ada Drive.
Check the links below for a complete set of photos and for a short video excerpt from the parade. Happy 4th everyone!
This was the coldest, opening day that I can recall but it was still wonderful to see all the vendors set up today. Many were familiar from previous years but there were also new booths and product to be seen.
These twig wreaths were cool and I almost took one home.
And who can resist fresh flowers, and bread & cheese?
There was a nice mix of produce for so early in the year, and it's still not too late to plant some of your own!
Fresh fish from up north was available along with whitefish dip ~ had to have some.
My last stop was at a new vendor, Grampa's Pastys.
Between the Yooper and the Cornish, we preferred the Yooper. Apparently Rutabaga makes all the difference :-)
The market runs every Tuesday from now until fall, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, in the parking of The Community, 7239 Thornapple River Drive. Music is generally playing from 12:30 - 2:30 pm and children's activities will also be taking place.
So come on out and enjoy the bounty that springs forth in a Michigan summer.