Thousands enjoy music, crafts and more at Wheatland Music Festival

Approximately 14,000 people from around the country spent Friday through Sunday in Remus at the 45th annual Wheatland Music Festival. Across from some of the various craft booths, young Claire Selleck played her violin on Saturday, while Madeline Langlois held the song book. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

REMUS — People filled stages, craft booths and the lawn of a property just outside of Remus from Friday to Sunday.

With an average 8,800 adult tickets sold, then adding the children, seniors, volunteers, artists and musicians, an estimated 14,000 people attended the 45th annual Wheatland Music Festival, according to one event organizer Marilyn Hummel.

Hummel said 38 craft booths formed rows on the grounds and 13 bands entertained audiences on the main stage throughout the weekend, while many more bands filled the centennial, kids hill and song stages.

“The Wheatland Music Festival is like the Traditional Arts Weekend, just bigger,” she said. “It’s a family-friendly extravaganza of traditional music, dance and crafts.”

While listening to strains of music from the closest stage, thousands of families enjoyed browsing craft booths, learning different steps at the dance stage, taking lessons in some of the many tents or getting a bite to eat at food trucks ran by local organizations, such as St. Michael Catholic School, Mecosta Youth and Family Center, Knights of Columbus and more.

Attendees also occasionally found a spot of grass to sit on and performed an impromptu jam session.

At one craft tent, children sold their wares in hour-long sessions at the Kids Marketplace. Children, age 16 and younger, were given time each day of the festival and half of a six-foot-long table to display what they had created. Everything from buttons to slime to pictures were on display throughout the weekend for families to see and purchase.

While playing drums and cymbals on the kids hill with his daughter, David Defever said the music, atmosphere and the festival being family-friendly are some of the big draws to return each year.

“My wife and I have been coming here for the last six or seven years,” he said. “We love the arts, the music and the dancing.”

Before visiting the festival with his wife, Defever, now a resident of Fowlerville, had come to Wheatland while living in the area. He said the Wheatland Music Festival is now the way his family wraps up their summer.

“It’s not your typical music festival,” he said. “You meet new people, hear great music, have good food and a good time.”

Music festival attendees browse some of the many craft booths, which included everything from jewelry to leather to lawn ornaments and much more.

Families filled a stage set in the middle of the grounds in front of the main stage during the Darrell Scott and John McCutcheon Song Swap performance.

One main stage performance that entertained audiences throughout the weekend was Nora Jane Struthers. During her set, Struthers talked about how much she loved the Wheatland Music Festival.

Oskar Roxstrom, of Ann Arbor, played different songs on his saxophone on Saturday, entertaining guests as they looked over their many lunch and dinner options.

Upon hearing the word “go,” children dove into a sandbox full of sawdust on the kids hill to search for different prizes, such as necklaces, pencils, balloons and more.

During one jam session, Grayson Mol (left) and Aidan Witt played tunes to earn a couple dollars.

 

Many activities kept children busy through the weekend, including lessons in creating giant bubbles.

Thousands of people spread out on blankets and filled spots on the grass to listen to different musicians on the main stage during the Wheatland Music Festival.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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