Crossroads Celebration highlights Reed City fun

REED CITY — This year's annual Great American Crossroads Celebration in Reed City brought out the fun and festivities of summer in a small town.

"I think it's gone great and everyone has been positive about the changes we made this year," said Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chastity Eads on Saturday. "The great thing about a small town is everyone works together to make a good presentation of Reed City. It's good to see the hard work come together."

The festival kicked off on Thursday with a book sale and the Miss Reed City Pageant, then continued on Friday with sports tournaments, a parade, downtown concessions and more.

Reed City resident Bethany Thompson received the crown and title, representing the celebration in the parade and at the many events. She could be seen wearing her crown proudly in the midst of crowds.

"It's really exciting," she said when asked how it felt to be crowned Miss Reed City. "It's my first time doing a pageant and I was really excited to win. Ever since I was little I wanted to be in a pageant and this year I finally got the chance, so I took advantage of it."

Thompson, 18, is a 2015 graduate of Reed City High School. This fall she will attend college in Illinois to major in nursing and minor in biology. Her duties as Miss Reed City continue after the Crossroads Celebration by participating in the Evergreen Festival Parade and crowning next year's pageant winner.

Saturday proved to be the largest day of the celebration, with families streaming into the downtown area and Westerburg Park to join in the fun during the final weeks of summer. A pancake breakfast, art in Rambadt Park and Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital's 5K kicked of the morning. A car show helped revive decades of memories, while an arts and crafts show, school supply giveaway and a chicken barbecue reined in afternoon attendees. The evening rounded out with live musical entertainment in the beverage tent located downtown.

Sunday finished out the event with sports tournaments and live Christian music along with a cookout at Rambadt Park.

New to the festivities this year were carnival rides for small children. Throughout Saturday, kids could be seen enjoying a small carousel, pirate ship ride and swing.

"The kids carnival is in full swing and full of kids," Eads added. "We want to bring the rides back next year and possibly get more of them."

She believes the event represents Reed City pride and those who volunteer to bring everything together do their best to make sure the celebration runs as smoothly as possible.

"Everything was well attended this year," Eads said. "We want to bring a positive reflection on this town, so to see people enjoying what is offered is fantastic."