Event features live music,

car show, fun for kids


ALMONT — Almont residents of all ages are cordially invited to take part in this year’s “Almont Heritage Festival” to take place Sept. 13-14.
The family-friendly event is coordinated by the Almont Downtown Development Authority along with the generous support of local businesses, donors, sponsors, organizations and volunteers.
Activities will take place at the southeast corner of Main and St. Clair streets, and at Almont Community Park.
The event will feature a Classic Car Show, bounce house, clown, magician, petting farm and  pony rides for the kids; various food/craft/antique vendors; and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights at the refreshment tent located at Almont Community Park.

Visitors enjoy a sunny day and shiny cars during the Heritage Festival in Almont last year. This year’s event runs Sept. 13-14.

DDA Director Kim Schall said she’s particularly excited about this year’s entertainment lineup at the refreshment tent.
“Everything kicks off at 7 p.m. on  Friday (Sept. 13) night with WYCD 99.5-FM Radio host Rob Stone opening the show in the refreshment tent.
Stone’s performance will precede the night’s headliner, Family Tradition Band, who will perform on stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Schall said food vendors will be available outside the Almont Lions Club’s refreshment tent, which will be open from noon-midnight on Friday and Saturday.
She added that attendees must be age 21 and older to be admitted to the beer tent after 6 p.m.
Saturday activities
The fun continues    Saturday (Sept. 14) with a Pancake Breakfast at the First Congregational Church, starting at 8 a.m. The church is located on St. Clair Street east of Main Street (Van Dyke).
Schall expects a larger number of vendors to be participating in this year’s Heritage Fest.
“Vendors will be displaying various crafts, handmade items, jewelry, and products from Party Lite and Young Living,” she said. “The Almont Lions Club will have its kids vision trailer available to test children’s eyesight. Additionally, representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau will be present to recruit “census takers” for the 2020 Census.
“If you’re looking for a job, they will be there to provide information about the census and of the various positions available.”
   Saturday night music
Saturday night’s music at the entertainment tent starts off with Randy Badour at 7 p.m.; followed by an encore performance by the Family Tradition Band from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Schall said the 9th annual Heritage Festival has received generous financial support from a loyal core of businesses, organizations and individual donors.
Schall added that those who donated $100 or more are eligible for a free 10-foot-by-10-foot vendor space.
“We want to thank everyone who donated to this year’s event,” she said. “As always, the success of this event is based on the support we receive from  our sponsors and donors.
“We feel this is going to be a wonderful weekend at the park and in downtown Almont,” said Schall. “We look forward to seeing everyone there.
“And please invite your families, friends and neighbors to join us.”
Donations from the community in support of the Almont Heritage Festival are still being accepted.
Checks should be made payable to Almont DDA, 817 N. Main St., Almont, MI 48003.
For further information, contact Kim Schall at 810-798-8125, or email: kschall@almontdda.com.

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.