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Almont hosts Heritage Festival this Saturday

September 24, 2008
ALMONT — The hours are winding down to Almont's 2008 Heritage Festival, set to take place at downtown locations this Saturday, Sept. 27.

Sponsored by the Almont Downtown Development Authority, with assistance from volunteers and other organizations, the family-friendly event melds a variety of activities into a single celebration of the season.

"This event has something for everyone," says DDA Director Nancy Boxey. "We've got food, games for the kids and entertainment.

"We invite our residents, visitors and neighbors to spend the whole day with us, or go check out the other local activities and come back and join us later."

German band performs

Among the Heritage Festival's highlights will be a traditional Octoberfest celebration.

The festivities include a beer tent and a Saturday evening performance by the German band, "Spass."

Show off your talent

The brand-new "Almont's Got Talent" competition, from 3-6 p.m., gives beginning singers, dancers and musicians a chance to perform in front of an audience. The competition is open to children, teens and adults.

"We're still looking for more talent entries," Boxey says. "If you have a child who enjoys singing or dancing — or if you're a garage band looking for a place to play, this is your chance."

Performers are asked to contact the DDA office at 798-8125 to register.

Chili Cook-off heats up

If your taste buds like things "hot and spicy," join in the festival's Chili Cook-Off, also sponsored by the Almont Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chili cooks are asked to be ready to set up at the Fountain Park at the Four Corners by 12:30 p.m., with the competition set to begin at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded the two best chili recipes.

In another Chamber-sponsored activity, business owners are encouraged to take part in the festival's Window Decoration Contest. Two winners will be selected.

A 'Taste of Fall' cuisine

If you enjoy seasonal delights, "A Taste of Fall" should be made to order. "Taste of Fall" is the offspring of the DDA's highly successful "A Taste of Almont" promotion, held earlier in the year. For the cost of a $12 ticket, discerning Epicureans can sample cuisine from 10 participating restaurants and food services.

Tickets are available at participating businesses and may be used through Sun. Oct. 5. Participating eateries include: The Huddle Bar & Grill, Maria's Place, Charlie Brown's, Roza's Pizza, The Mill & Brewhouse, Buccilli's Cakes, Hungry Howie's Pizza, Almont Pastry & Donut Shop, McDonald's of Almont and San Diego Mexican Restaurant.

For those with particularly hardy appetities, Johnny Gyergyov of the Almont Farmers Market will host a Community Pig Roast at the market site.

For more information about Almont's Heritage Festival, call DDA Director Nancy Boxey at 810-798-8125.

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