Car show, duck race, live music and more on tap this Friday and Saturday


ALMONT — Almont’s Heritage Festival will take place in various locations in or near downtown this Friday and Saturday, September 17-18.

On Friday, festival attendees can enjoy a visit to the Refreshment Tent in Almont Community Park. The band “Code Blue” will be playing in the Refreshment Tent from 8 p.m. until midnight.

On Saturday, the Car Show and vendors will be located, along with other activities, along E. St. Clair and Bristol streets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also near the car show, visitors will find art and craft vendors, additional vendor tents, kids activities and more.

Saturday’s Classic Car Show runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The First Congregational Church will be holding a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning from 8-11 a m.

“The Classic Car Show will start rolling into town around 8 a.m. with the show from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Judging begins at noon,” said organizer Wayne Glasser. Pre-entry is $15, and registrants will receive a free t-shirt. Registration will be accepted the day of, as well, for $20.

Vendors and interested Car Show participants are welcome to contact the DDA office at 810-798-8125 for more information on vendor booths.

The Royal Rubes 2.0, a reincarnation of the original Royal Rubes band, will perform at the Almont Historical Museum on Saturday from 1:30-3 p.m. The five-person ensemble features director Michael Swanger, Deniz Avouris, Valentina Todaro, Gloria Bublitz and Kevin LaHaie.

The Rubber Duck Race will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. sharp at the Almont Community Park. Come early to purchase a duck for $5, then watch to see if your duck wins the race down the Clinton River. Ducks can be purchased prior to Saturday at Mandy J Florist (Mon-Fri from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), The Shirt Hangar (Tues-Fri from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.), and at Choice One Bank. If there are ducks remaining, they can be purchased on Saturday before the race. All proceeds go to Almont class of 2022 Project Graduation.

Other activities during the Heritage Festival include a bounce house, face painting, petting farm rescue, and a photo booth. The Lion’s Club will be attending with the Kids Sight Trailer for free vision checks.

The Refreshment Tent, located in the Almont Community Park tennis courts, will feature The Family Tradition Band from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. The Refreshment Tent will be open from 5 p.m. until midnight on Friday and from noon until midnight on Saturday. Food trucks will be near the refreshment tent on Saturday.

The Family Tradition Band, a country rock band, will headline Saturday night’s entertainment. According to their website, they have recently been named “Best Band” in Detroit by Hour Detroit Magazine, 2021, as well as “Best Country Band” by Review Magazine in Mid-Michigan, 2021.

They have played at The Heritage Festival in past years and the Almont Village DDA is excited for them to return once again.