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Almont 'Heritage Fest' offers fun, food, music

LuluBelle the clown fashions a balloon animal for Olivia Bradin, 5, as a crowd of big and little kids look on during last year’s Heritage Fest in Almont.

September 23, 2009
ALMONT — Celebrate the autumn season and your local heritage this weekend when the 2nd Annual Almont Heritage Festival comes to downtown Almont.

Co-hosted by the Almont Downtown Development Authority and Almont Area Chamber of Commerce, the event features live music on Friday (Tommy & The Tom Toms from 9 p.m.-midnight) and Saturday (The Killer Bees from 8 p.m.-midnight) nights in the beer tent, a Chili Cookoff, Almont's Got Talent Contest, Scarecrow Contest, Children's games, a Pancake Breakfast at the First Congregational Church and an Open House at the Almont Historical Society museum. Residents are invited to guess the identity of the local celebrity in the "Almont Baby Contest," located at the downtown offices of dentists, Dr. Lois Meek and Dr. Jay Vanderest. The winner will receive a gift certificate from Shooting Stars of Almont.

Almont DDA Director Nancy Boxey says the 2009 Heritage Festival is designed to be family-friendly and includes a variety of activities for all ages and interests.

She says the children's games will run from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday

Boxey anticipates an excellent response to the "Almont's Got Talent" competition, which provides a forum for young people ages 18 and younger to display their talents.

"It's still not too late to enter this event," says Boxey. "Last year there were a lot of last-minute entries, and we're expecting the same this year."

The event is open to all young singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and other talents, subject to the approval of organizers.

The contest will be divided into two categories; those age 12 and under and teenagers. All performances will be limited to five minutes. Prizes will awarded for the winners in both categories.

Another hotly-contested event will be the 2009 Chili Cookoff, where local cooks will be challenged to conjure up the season's best chili recipe. Last year's first- and second-place winners were Lions Club member Herb Lowell and Village Manager Gerald Oakes.

Boxey adds there are still a few scarecrow kits available for those interested in creating their own scarecrow. The kits cost $5 apiece at the DDA office.

Boxey is sending out an invitation to all residents and visitors, to join in the fun over the weekend.

"This is a chance to have a lot of fun right in your hometown," she says. "It's an opportunity to be with your families, friends and neighbors in a fun-filled setting."

For questions or more information about the 2009 Almont Heritage Festival, call the DDA office at 798-8125.

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