Third annual Bulldog Family and Friends Weekend draws crowd

(From left) Jeanette Morin and Ally Stockreef race each other between bouts of rain during the third annual Ferris State University Bulldog Friends and Family Weekend. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

After being shuttled into the downtown on Saturday, families stopped at a Ferris State University information booth, where they were given directions to different shops along Maple Street and Michigan Avenue.

BIG RAPIDS — Despite the wind, rain and snow throughout the area, parents came to Big Rapids to explore the town in which their children are currently attending classes.

During the third annual Ferris State University Bulldog Friends and Family Weekend, students led their families around Big Rapids to various local stops and shops, including 20 businesses that offered sales and special incentives on Friday and Saturday.

Through Friday, event attendees could watch a movie, catch the Ferris State hockey game when the Bulldogs took on the Mercyhurst Lakers or skate around the Ewigleben Ice Arena between exploring downtown shops.

On Saturday, families could take a shuttle bus downtown to explore the area, visit the West Campus Community Center for food and games, watch the Ferris volleyball game against Northwood, browse on-campus museums, hike trails through town, catch the Ferris hockey game against Mercyhurst, enjoy the music of Tuba Bach or be wowed by the stunts and tricks of the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team.

While at the West Campus Community Center, a family plays a round of Sorry! alongside many other families who stopped in for lunch and games.


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

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