Reed City’s Crossroads Celebration provides fun for all

Kayden Blanchard pushes a golf ball across the table during a game at the children's carnival Saturday at Westerburg Park during the Great American Crossroads Festival. The carnival featured numerous games, inflatables, face painting and more. (Herald Review photos/Emily Grove)

Kayden Blanchard pushes a golf ball across the table during a game at the children’s carnival Saturday at Westerburg Park during the Great American Crossroads Festival. The carnival featured numerous games, inflatables, face painting and more. (Herald Review photos/Emily Grove)

REED CITY — From the parks to downtown, Reed City was brimming with excitement and energy as crowds took in weekend activities during the Great American Crossroads Celebration.

From Thursday until Sunday, festival-goers had the chance to participate in all sorts of fun and games. While Friday night was cooler than usual, families still made their way downtown to for the Hometown Proud Parade. The rest of the weekend featured sunshine, allowing more people to attend the softball tournaments, vintage street market, car show and children’s carnival.

“We had a great turnout for every event,” said Chastity Eads, executive director of the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The downtown car show featured 65 cars on Saturday. After looking at the various hot rods and classic rides, attendees could walk over to the nearby street market where vendors sold furniture, signs, jewelry, flowers and more.

Cars lined Upton Avenue in Reed City during the car show as part of the Great American Crossroads Celebration. The show featured 65 cars.

Cars lined Upton Avenue in Reed City during the car show as part of the Great American Crossroads Celebration. The show featured 65 cars.

“We received a lot of comments and praise for the high quality of cars in the show,” Eads said. “The vintage street market did pretty well too. All in all it was a really fun weekend.”

While adults took part in the softball tournaments at Westerburg Park on Saturday, little ones were able to enjoy inflatables, games, popcorn and face painting at the children’s carnival.

Tubelight also sponsored a Safety Fun Zone, which demonstrated how to use fire extinguishers and allowed children to peddle carts while wearing “drunk goggles” to show the dangers of intoxication.

“We had a lot of activities in the park Saturday for kids,” Eads said. “With Tubelite and Ten16 Recovery Network doing their areas this year, it brought the park into being one big kid zone. The carnival is always popular, but those extra areas made an impact for families to have more options at the park.”

Nicolas Hartley drives through traffic cones while being directed by Derrick Bookwalter. Kids peddled the carts through the course while wearing goggles which simulated being impaired by alcohol.

Nicolas Hartley drives through traffic cones while being directed by Derrick Bookwalter. Kids peddled the carts through the course while wearing goggles which simulated being impaired by alcohol.

Saturday also featured the bike giveaway, carnival bingo, the chicken barbecue and the second night of the Crossroads Street Party, which featured yard games, music and the Reed City High School All Class Reunion.

The celebrations came to a close Sunday as the softball tournaments finished and families celebrated at the Praise in the Park cookout.

“The weather being nice made for great crowds in all of Saturday’s events,” Eads said. “With everything winding down, we’ve got all positive feedback. We consider it a successful weekend.”

Jack Briggs climbs down the inflatable slide Saturday at the children's carnival as part of the Great American Crossroads Celebration.

Jack Briggs climbs down the inflatable slide Saturday at the children’s carnival as part of the Great American Crossroads Celebration.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Herald Review and Pioneer crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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