Upcoming Arcadia Daze to offer summer fun

The Auto Muster will celebrate 25 years at this weekend's Arcadia Daze festival. Over 100 vehicles are anticipated to be on display. (File Photo)

The Auto Muster will celebrate 25 years at this weekend’s Arcadia Daze festival. Over 100 vehicles are anticipated to be on display. (File Photo)

ARCADIA — As the temperatures heat up, another community festival will welcome people throughout the area to the shore of Lake Michigan in Acadia to enjoy Arcadia Daze.

The 36th annual Arcadia Daze will be held this weekend with a full schedule of events for Friday through Sunday.

Wes Hull, event organizer, said the festival is a major fundraiser for the Arcadia Lions club. With almost 60 members, they have been working with community volunteers to provide events that will be fun for the whole family.

“The volunteer base really extends into the community and we get volunteers working all kinds of events,” said Hull. “The Lions organize a lot of the festival but it has really become a community-run event.”

Hull said that this year will continue with the most popular festival events, such as the auto muster, arts and crafts fair, beer tent and live music.

“We have two different bands this year playing on Friday and Saturday evening,” he said. “There is also the Scottville Clown Band performance, which is always a huge draw.”

One of the iconic events of Arcadia Daze is the Auto Muster, which organizer Bruce Berghoff said is celebrating its 25th year.

“Our first year we started with 45 cars and trucks, and since then we’ve exceeded our town limit reaching a high point of 130 vehicles,” he said. “We’ve kind of stabilized that to around 100 and have expanded from just cars and trucks to farm tractors and pedal cars.”

Berghoff explained that they hold a variety of classes which have helped younger people get involved, including a pedal car category and a section for owners under 20 years old.

The award plaques also set this car show apart. Each plaque features the previous year’s Best of Show vehicle, in addition to either an historic building or a business.

“This year, we are featuring Arcadia Medical which was just opened by Dr. Joel Anhalt, and it’s the first doctor we’ve had in the community in 25 years,” Berghoff said. “The car is a 2017 Chevy Camaro convertible, owned by Lisa Roy of St. Johns.”

There will be 40 awards available across 17 different classes of vehicles, and door prizes which were donated by local businesses.

Hull felt that Arcadia Daze is a community event that brings back many people with ties to the area.

“It’s a family event, and it brings back people that have grown up in this area or have family living around here,” he said. “A lot of families hold reunions at this time and even some class reunions; it’s a time everyone comes back to Arcadia.”

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