Remus Heritage Days kicks off Friday, July 21

Children ride on a float during the 2016 Remus Heritage Days parade. This year’s festival takes place from Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23, with the parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday. (Pioneer file photo)

REMUS — Family fun, games, food and entertainment can all be found at the 40th annual Remus Heritage Days celebration, starting Friday, July 21.

The festival began in honor of Remus’ centennial and has remained a weekend feature of each anniversary since then, said Kelly Simon, Heritage Days committee vice-president. There’s something for everyone during the three-day event.

“On Friday night, the truck pulls are back,” Simon said, noting the pulls weren’t part of the festival last year due to insurance issues. “People are really looking forward to the truck pulls.

“Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on because while we do have bleachers, they won’t hold everyone. In the past, we’ve had trucks and trailers parked along the guardrails, but we’re not able to do that this year because of safety concerns.”

Remus Heritage Days has three full days of events, from Friday through Sunday, July 23. Most of the events are free to attend, though the truck pulls do have an entrance fee. The various tournaments and the parade have entry fees to participate, but are free to spectators.

The family-friendly festival offers a craft show, kids’ pedal power pull, car show, live music, children’s activities, a parade, a senior program and more. Weekend tournaments include tests of skill in softball, horseshoes, and corn hole. Anyone wishing to sign up for a tournament should call the organizer at the number listed on the flyer, which also is available on the Remus Heritage Days Facebook page.

“I would say don’t miss Friday night’s truck pulls and the fireworks right after it,” Simon said. “As a celebration, we’re always trying to continue to evolve and bring in things people like — we’re always looking for suggestions and people to volunteer.

“This is probably one of the longest consistently running festivals in the area and we’d like to see it continue on.”

Heritage Days events include:

Friday, July 21

• 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., 1st Thursday Quilters’ Quilt Show, Town Hall

• Noon, crafts and vendors at Wheatland Park

• Noon,hospitality tent opens in the park pavilion

• 6 p.m., Kids’ Pedal Power Pull, Charles Street

• 6 p.m., Softball tournament, Wheatland Park

• 6-9 p.m., car show, Main Street

• 7 p.m., WATA Truck Pull, Wheatland Park

• 8 p.m. – midnight, band “Center Stage” at park pavilion

• Dusk, fireworks, Wheatland Park

Saturday, July 22

• 8 a.m., softball tournament, Wheatland Park

• 9 a.m., 5K run, Chippewa Hills High School cross country field

• 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1st Thursday Quilters’ Quilt Show, Town Hall

• 11 a.m., parade, Main Street

• 11 a.m., crafts and vendors at Wheatland Park

• 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., children’s activities, Remus school

• Noon – 4 p.m., quilt display, Remus Museum

• Noon, hospitality tent opens, park pavilion

• Noon, chicken barbecue, park pavilion

• Noon, WATA Tractor Pull, Wheatland Park

• 1 p.m., horseshoe tournament (singles), Wheatland Park

• 1-5 p.m., Kreative Kamp Multi-Mixed Media Messages, Remus Museum

• 8 p.m. – midnight, band “Center Stage” park pavilion

Sunday, July 23

• 8 a.m., softball tournament, Wheatland Park

• 10 a.m., garden tractor pull, Wheatland Park

• Noon – 6 p.m., hospitality tent opens, park pavilion

• 1 p.m., horseshoe tournament (doubles), Wheatland Park

• 1 p.m., senior program, town hall

• 2 p.m., corn hole tournament (doubles), Wheatland Park

• 4:30 p.m., pig raffle drawing, park pavilion

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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