September 12, 2018ALMONT — The Almont Downtown Development Authority (DDA), with the assistance of local businesses, community organizations, generous donors and volunteers have teamed up to present the 2018 Almont Heritage Festival this Friday and Saturday (September 14-15).
DDA Director Kim Schall gave credit to everyone who has participated in coordinating and financially supporting the annual community celebration.
Schall said the majority of festival activities take place at Almont Community Park, First Congregational Church and other nearby locations along East St. Clair Street.
She reminded that the entertainment/refreshment tent will again be set up at the old tennis courts at Almont Park. The refreshment tent is again being sponsored by the Almont Lions Club.
Joey Vee/Category 5
Friday night's (Sept. 14) entertainment features modern country music from the "Joey Vee Band" from 8 p.m. till midnight. The group's performance is being sponsored by Tri-County Bank.
On Saturday (Sept. 15) night, "Category 5" takes the Heritage Festival stage at 8 p.m., co-sponsored by Lakestone Bank & Trust and the Almont Chamber of Commerce.
Classic Car Show
Schall said Saturday's Classic Car Show runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the corner of St. Clair and Bristol streets.
The Joey Vee Band will take center stage at the 2018 Almont Heritage Festival from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, September 14.
Pre-registration guarantees discounted entry fees, a t-shirt and the chance to win one of three jackets for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place winners.
Car Show sponsors are RCI Electrical Contracting, Country Smoke House, Anything Electric, Inc., and the Almont Park Board.
Classic hits of the '50s and '60s will be heard throughout the show, compliments of Universal Sound DJ services.
She added that the majority of children's activities will take place in the vicinity of St. Clair and Bristol.
They include face painting, a clown/magician, photo booth, FFA petting zoo, a bounce house, Child ID and a lemonade stand, available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.
In a change from last year, Schall noted that this year's Heritage Festival vendors will be moved to the parking lot at N. Bristol St. and E. St. Clair St. Vendors will be available on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
For those interested in stepping back in time, the Almont Community Historical Society will host paid "Walking Tours" on Saturday, at hourly intervals starting at 11 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m.
Tickets for the Walking Tours are available at the Almont Historical Museum and are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children 12 and under.
The museum is located at 149 S. Main Street on the east side of Main Street (Van Dyke).
Nasquack is back
At 3 p.m. on Saturday, young and old will gather along the Clinton River at Almont Community Park for the 2018 "Nasquack on the River" plastic duck race.
All money raised from the race will benefit Almont Graduation 2019, which organizes the annual all-night party for Almont High School graduates.
"I think this year's Heritage Festival Classic Car Show and entertainment at the beer tent will be great," Schall opined. "The DDA is very fortunate to have the support of the Almont Lions Club and First Congregational Church.
"This should be a wonderful event for the whole community to enjoy."
And there is more
Other scheduled activities at the 2018 Heritage Festival, include:
•A rare, out-of-print book sale at Almont District Library on Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
•Pancake Breakfast at the First Congregational Church on Saturday from 8-11 a.m.
•Attendees are encouraged to enjoy the Horse and Carriage Historical Tours from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, sponsored by Vinckier Foods/ACE Hardware/A&W.
•Food will be available at First Congregational Church Saturday from noon-4 p.m.
In addition to the aforementioned sponsors, others include Lapeer County Bank & Trust, Aristocast, First Choice Building and Maintenance, Almont McDonald's, North Branch Rent-All, Four County Community Foundation, Almont Cheer Team and Almont Police Dept.
Anyone wishing to sponsor an event or volunteer during the 2018 Heritage Festival is asked to call the Almont DDA office at 810-798-8125 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.