Area residents take to Big Rapids’ streets for annual mini golf event

FORE: Chip Exner, of Team Edward Jones, takes a swing on the Star Shooters hole on the Puttin' Around Downtown event tour of Big Rapids businesses. (Pioneer photo/Adam Gac)

FORE: Chip Exner, of Team Edward Jones, takes a swing on the Star Shooters hole on the Puttin’ Around Downtown event tour of Big Rapids businesses. (Pioneer photo/Adam Gac)

BIG RAPIDS — For many businesses, getting customers in the door can be a challenge. On Friday, Big Rapids businesses were the ones offering a challenge – with a variety of mini-golf holes.

Downtown Big Rapids became one large putt-putt golf course during the annual Puttin’ Around Downtown event. The 18-hole course offers residents a chance to see what Big Rapids businesses have to offer, according to Big Rapids Downtown Business Association President Randy Ostrander.

“Puttin Around Downtown is one of the few events that actually puts people in the businesses in downtown Big Rapids,” he said. “It gives people the opportunity to get in and see what a business has to offer. For example, people might not know the four-seasons room at the Old Pioneer Store and Emporium exists unless they’ve made it in.”

Rogers Jewelers owner John Miedema said the DBA fundraiser definitely brings people in during the event.

“We’ll get people who haven’t been in the store comment on the recent remodeling and stuff,” he said.

Rosemary Campau and her husband John came to Big Rapids from Port Huron this weekend to participate in Puttin’ Around Downtown with their children.

“This is a great event,” she said. “You’re supporting the community and you get to see people from out of town. Our children invited us to come out and it’s been wonderful.”

“We’re in it to win it,” Ashley Campau said.

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Adam is the Pioneer City/County Reporter, covering government in Mecosta County. He can be reached by e-mail at agac@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8347.

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