West Michigan residents, visitors have many options for summer fun

A variety of events will offer family-friendly fun throughout the area over the next few weeks, including the Great American Crossroads Celebration from Thursday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 19. This Reed City event includes parades, live music and much more. (Pioneer file photo)By Grant Siddall and Meghan Gunther-Haas, Pioneer Staff Writers

WEST MICHIGAN — A variety of events will offer Michigan residents and visitors a chance to enjoy carnival rides, discover treasures among booths of crafts and antiques, catch a game or two and much more through the last few weeks of August.

Throughout west Michigan, some of the many events include:

Young baseball fans will be able to get autographs from members of the Whitecaps during Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Family Day, set for Sunday, Aug. 26. Children also can get their faces painted, run the bases and play catch on the field as part of this event. (Courtesy photo)

The Northern District Fair, which began Sunday, will continue through Saturday, Aug. 18. The fair features carnival rides, a livestock auction, a pie baking contest and more at the fairgrounds, 1295 N. Mitchell St., Cadillac. ates will open at 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and at noon on Friday and Saturday. Those hoping to catch a show at the fair can visit the grandstands for tractor pulls, a demolition derby and Battle of the Bands throughout the week. For more information, visit northerndistrictfair.org/home.html.

Approximately a half hour drive northwest will put travelers in Buckley, where they can “see the past in motion.” The Buckley Old Engine Show will run from Thursday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 19. This event, hosted at 6090 W. 2 1/2 Rd., Buckley, will feature more than 1,000 antique tractors, a flea market and many other attractions, including a live performance from the Kari Lynch Band at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16. For more information, visit buckleyoldengineshow.org.

During the same weekend as the Buckley Old Engine Show is the annual Great American Crossroads Celebration. The four-day event, located in downtown Red City and Westerburg Park, located on Roth Street in Reed City, is packed with a children’s carnival, vintage market, craft show, live music and more. Beginning on Thursday, Aug. 16, event attendees can find different tournaments and shows. From Friday to Sunday, the fun continues with face painting, parades and street parties. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the Great American Crossroads Celebration Facebook page.

Toward the end of the month, the Green Acres car show, at 235 Pearl St., Cadillac, will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, and will include classic vehicles, free hot dogs and live music. For more information, visit cadillacmichigan.com.

For baseball fans, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Family Day at a Whitecaps game is set for Sunday. Aug. 26, at 4500 W. River Dr. NE, Comstock Park. The game begins at 2 p.m. and the first 1,000 kids eat free. Before the game, kids can play catch on the field and get autographs from the players between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., children can get their faces painted on the concourse, and after the game, kiddos can get the feel like they are part of the team while running the bases. The gates will open early for anyone hoping to participate in pregame yoga on the field. For more information, visit the WGVU Family Days at the Whitecaps Facebook page.

Rounding out the month is Yoder’s quilt auction and flea market from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10885 N. Leaton Rd., Clare. The flea market will feature more than 500 craft booths and the event will include a quilt auction. Parking is $1 and goes towards charity. For more information, visit clarecounty.net/amish-quilt-auction.

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