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'Homecoming' tradition continues


Almont's 2010 Homecoming to include fireworks, entertainment and contests


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Throngs of residents and visitors line Main Street in the summer of 1914; all there to join in the fun at the historic Almont Homecoming celebration. This year’s Homecoming festival runs from August 13-15.

March 31, 2010
ALMONT — The 2010 Homecoming Parade will be one of the centerpieces of this year's Almont Homecoming celebration scheduled for Aug. 13-15.

To maximize parade participation at the Sat., Aug. 14 event, organizers are urging parade entries to register early.

Anyone wishing to march, ride or enter a float in 2010 parade, is asked to visit: villageofalmont.com, click on Homecoming and download an application.

Applications may be returned to Paula Alfonsi at 7838 Tiffany Dr., Almont MI, 48003. Or drop them off at the Almont Village offices.

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For more information or questions, contact Alfonsi at 586-531-4817 or call the village offices at 810-798-8528.

In addition to the parade, the 2010 Homecoming will feature fireworks, entertainment (including bands Friday and Saturday nights), a 5-K run, an ice cream social, strawberry social, children's games and contests, a baby contest, inflatables, crafters, a refreshment tent and much more.

Paul Bowman, 2010 Homecoming Chairman, is enthusiastic about the upcoming event, which has been held every four years since its inception in 1909.

"We're very excited about the 101st anniversary of this event," said Bowman. "Right now, our focus is on the parade and getting people to register. We're hoping for a lot of participation."

He noted that longtime resident Norm Hamilton has been selected to be the grand marshal in the Homecoming Parade.

Bowman said an opening ceremony and ice cream social will take place Friday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at Burley Park; followed by the traditional fireworks display at the high school football field, beginning at dusk.

He said other activities will include an old-fashioned softball game sponsored by the Almont Historical Society and open houses at Almont schools.

Bowman added that Committee member Gary Plumb is working to establish an Almont High School Alumni Association for graduates.

"This is something we've talked about for some time, and now it looks like we're going to do it," said Bowman.

In the interim, Bowman said the committee is seeking more organizers and volunteers to assist during the event.

"We can still use more people to help us organize the event," said Bowman. "We appreciate and can use everyone's involvement."

For those interested in volunteering, the next Homecoming Committee meeting is scheduled for Thurs., April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Almont Village offices.

Bowman can be reached at the Almont Township offices at 798-8521.

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.
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