Thousands enjoy annual Great American Crossroad Celebration

REED CITY — From softball tournaments and kids games to a duck race and rock wall, there was a wide variety of activities at the 2012 Great American Crossroads Celebration. Thousands met at the “Crossroads of America” this weekend to participate in the five-day festival. Family, friends, tourists and more gathered to enjoy the eighth annual event in Reed City. Rod Brinkman was one of the many who walked Upton Avenue downtown for the festival’s annual car show. The road was lined with classic autos from the Detroit Three, as well as several foreign or unusual cars, including a Volkswagen, Jaguar, a dune buggy and a monster truck covered in Halloween decorations. There also was a vintage Schwinn Black Phantom bicycle on display among the dozens of classic cars. “There is a lot of nice cars here I would like to have,” said Brinkman, who was unable to pick a favorite. “I like anything that goes fast.” The car show has been held at various locations over the course of its eight-year history, most recently being on the Pere Marquette trail near the Reed City Depot. This was the first year the show has been located downtown. “We try to change things up each year,” said Suzie Williams, executive director of the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce, and member of the festival board. “This is the first year we’ve had the car show downtown. It’s more spread out and people really like it being downtown.” This year also was the first that organizers requested car owners donate nonperishable food items with their entry. The food and the money raised at the event is being donated to the Reed City Ministerial Association Food Pantry. “We lowered the entry fee this year and asked car owners to bring food instead; the shelter really needs both,” said Paul Lewis, chair of the car show organizing committee. Organizers did not have a total food weight and monetary amount raised by the end of the festival. While many got revved up at the car show, others enjoyed the skilled craftwork at the quilt show across town in the Trinity Lutheran Church gymnasium. Nearly 70 quilts were on display at the ninth annual show. Those who admired the skillfully made quilts voted for their favorites in seven different categories, as well as for the people’s choice “best of show” award. The show also included a silent auction and lunch. “The quilt show has grown over the years,” said Deb Sweet, president of the Crossroads Quilting Bee, which organized the event in partnership with Crossroads Quilt Shop. “This year we have 67 different items on display.” Overall, organizers were pleased with the weather and number of the attendees. “This year’s festival is going really well; we’ve had a great turnout,” Williams said. “This was a perfect weekend for it.”
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