Fire fighter ... sheriff deputy ... military active-duty ... military veteran ... emergency ... thank you.
Hosting the free Hometown Heroes Day is Stokes Homestead's way of recognizing the invaluable work of these brave men and women.
On May 27, 2017 Stokes Homestead, south of Grand Junction, opens its gates with free admission, free donuts and coffee for heroes, and free rides and amusements for the kids.
Program highlights include "13 folds of the American Flag", "Remembering our Military Heroes" presented by Greg Myrkle, and the American Legion's "Salute to Veterans".
Don't miss Columbia Township's fire truck, Bangor fire department's mascot Sparky, and Sheriff Deputy Mohney's awesome cruiser either.
And be sure to tell all our hometown heroes, "Thank you."
Additionally, free to the community all day from 8 am to 6 pm, are wagon rides, cow-train rides, nature trail, corn crib, playground, tire climb, duck races, pedal karts, bounce pad and pony hops. Read more at stokeshomestead.com/events-activities/festivals-special-events/55-hometown-heroes-weekend.html.
Your Comments This will be a day to remember in Van Buren County.
On May 27, 2017 there will be a power wheels, quads and full-size vehicle mud run at Kids in the Mudd Off Road Park at 40272 CR 380 in Bloomingdale.
From Dave, "Please send one form for each vehicle you would like to enter. Please include all information T-shirt size and quantity make check payable to kids in the mudd. Deadline for entry April 28, 2017. Power wheels will start at 11 AM quads will follow that full-size vehicles will follow quads . Naturally aspirated engine's only. Mail entry form and check to: Dave Stasiak, 7309 Hill Rd. Watervliet MI 49098 Any questions please text Dave 269-325-2890. Our parking is extremely limited so spectator admission $10 per vehicle. If you have less than four people in your vehicle admission will be $25 per vehicle. Motorcycle admission five dollars. And standard park admission applies for people riding."
Park trail map
Your Comments Have fun in the mudd.
Hartford Speedway's season opener is May 12, 2017 at 301 Bowie St., Hartford, with race action starting at 8:00 p.m. The season runs til Sept. 9, 2017 with racing nearly every Friday night.
This year sees a new track configuration with the old 1/2 mile track getting replaced with a new 3/8 miler, "the widest 3/8 track in Michigan," Hartford Speedway boasts.
Hartford Speedway driver Dan D Man Williams is looking forward to opening night. "Every year," he grins.
But as to the new track he says, "They shrunk it!" Yes but does that make it better or worse for you? Dan says, "Haven't raced on it yet so I don't know."
South Haven's Our Town Players.
Paw Paw's Strand Theater.
South Haven's Michigan Theater.
Hartford's Sunset Drive-In, 269-621-4194, seasonal, at dusk, Friday-Saturday-Sunday only.
Willow Tree Equestrian Center in Bangor.
Van Buren Regional Genealogy Society in Decatur.
Weekends everywhere. You're always welcome.
See more at the Calendar.
Your Comments Dutch Sport Park just south of Bloomingdale provides bike and quad racing fun for the whole family. Their season runs from April to October and features special events like Michigan Mafia Mo-Down, Dual State Championship, and Muskrat Run Weekend -- plus a dozen more event days -- for a total of 17 days of motocross excitement in 2017. Click and bookmark this year's schedule.
Enjoy mountain biking, snowmobiling, walking and cross country skiing all on the 34.5 mile, state park Kal-Haven Trail between South Haven and Kalamazoo. Print this color map to enjoy it to the fullest.
Located midway between Chicago and Detroit, the county is also a prime location for business. Read about economic development in our region here.
Wineries and more await you in Van Buren County. They don't call this grape country for nothing.
Farming made Van Buren County and you'll see it everywhere you go here. But now you can explore the wonderful world of farming up close as well with any of these activities:
What better way to spend a lazy afternoon than roaming area antique shops. And here's a start.
You're in Van Buren County near the southwest corner of Michigan's lower peninsula. It's a great place to be!
Your Comments Snow Drops -- The first sign of spring in Van Buren County, Michigan.