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Weekend of fun in Dryden


Parade, child ID program highlight of annual fall fest



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September 26, 2007
DRYDEN — Everybody loves a parade—and the residents of Dryden are no exception.

This Saturday's (Sept. 29) Dryden Fall Festival steps off promptly at 11 a.m., with the annual parade making its way down Main Street.

After the parade, residents and visitors can take advantage of a variety of vendors' displays, food and refreshments, children's games, a car show at The Hen House, and a full slate of live music.

Musical acts include: Cost of Desire, 2 p.m.; The Hatchetmen, 3:30 p.m.; Orchid Pool, 5:30 p.m.; The Amazing Boneheads, 7:30 p.m.; and Chef Chris and the Blue Plate Specials conclude the evening at 9:30 p.m.

As a special attraction during this year's Fall Festival, a child identification event will take place Saturday for children ages 2-17 years.

The free program, co-sponsored by the Dryden Township police and fire departments and Almont-Dryden Masons, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dryden fire hall.

The event includes videotaped interviews with participating children, fingerprinting, DNA swabs, tooth prints, digital still photos and the creation of profiles containing general information about the child.

Almont-Dryden Mason secretary Armand Cote stressed that all the accumulated information becomes the property of the child's parents.

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Visitors check out MI Chip documents during last year’s Child ID program co-sponsored by the Almont-Dryden Masons.

"We keep nothing, it's all private," said Cote. "The parents have full control of all of this information.

"We feel the kids need this kind of protection," he continued. "If there is an 'amber alert,' the parents will have all this information at their disposal. We're offering this program at no cost to the parents."

Cote said 73 children took part last year in the Mason's-sponsored ID program in Dryden, with more than 25,000 kids having participated across the state.

Cote said National Honor Society students from Dryden and Almont high schools will be on hand to man six on-site computers, as part of their community service commitment.

Other activities at the fire hall on Sept. 29 include: Bob's famous barbeque sandwiches, an antique fire truck, fire prevention kits, a Red Cross blood drive (noon-5:45 p.m.), free blood pressure checks and registration for the fire department auxiliary. Special on-site guests will include: Smokey the Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog and Red the Fire Dog.

Also on Saturday, Dryden Wesleyan Church Women's Ministry will host a Treasure Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizer Kim Evans describes the event as a giant "rummage sale."

For more information about the Child Identification Program, contact Armand Cote at 810-796-2002.

The Dryden fire hall is located at 5532 Main Street in downtown Dryden.

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