Crossroads Celebration draws crowds to Reed City for fun, festivities

    ON THE MOVE: Shriners reach out to give hand shakes while driving in the parade during the Great American Crossroads Celebration parade in Reed City. (Pioneer photos/Emily Grove-Davis)
REED CITY  — People from near and far gathered for four days of food, fun, games, giveaways, music and more at the Great American Crossroads Celebration. Reed City was abuzz with the energy of local residents and those coming in for a visit to partake in the festivities from Thursday to Sunday. The celebration kicked off with the book sale on Thursday at the Reed City District Library, which also continued on Friday. Other activities drawing people to the area on Friday included the opening of the beverage area downtown, the Hometown Proud Parade and the softball tournaments. While the event was still well attended overall, Saturday’s rain did impact some events, said Chastity Eads, executive director of the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce. “We were successful in many areas, but the weather did put a damper on things,” Eads said. “For the first time in probably eight years we had to cancel something. We couldn’t do the children’s carnival because the inflatables couldn’t get wet, so that was a bummer.”

SPECIAL GUEST: The Pillsbury Dough Boy walked in the parade throughout downtown Reed City. The Honey Nut Cheerio Bee also was in the parade, courtesy of General Mills- Yoplait.

Despite the rain, more than 40 cars came to the car show downtown, Eads said. For the second year, the Reed City High School all-class reunion was held, bringing numerous people to the beverage area. The number of people who frequented the beverage area doubled compared to last year, Eads said. “The all-class reunion was a hit,” she said. “Lots of people came to town to reminisce and catch up with their classmates. That’s a really positive thing.” The softball tournaments and the Little League tournaments were busy, and Westerburg Park remained full of cars as attendees dined at the concession stand or tried out the AMVETS chicken barbecue. Although the children’s carnival was canceled, kids played on playground equipment, enjoyed face painting and were entered in the bike giveaway at the park. The Great American Crossroads Celebration is an important way to highlight Reed City, Eads said. “This shows off all the great things Reed City has to offer,” she said. “People travel from all over to catch up or participate in the tournament or get involved in the other activities. It brings business to our area and overall provides a way to promote community spirit.”

SWEET TREATS: Children pick up candy that was tossed in the street during the parade.

To put on the celebration is a true collaborative effort, Eads added. The committee, local organizations, businesses and volunteers work hand-in-hand to make it possible. “It takes everyone to pull this off and make this four-day festival happen,” she said. “There’s always new ideas and we will continue to build on what we’ve done. The way we all work together is a true indication of how great this community is.”