Crossroads Celebration offers family fun
REED CITY — Fun times are bound to become great memories for all involved during this year’s Great American Crossroads Celebration, which will take place from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18.
“It’s a community festival for kids and adults alike,” said Reed City Chamber of Commerce Director Suzie Williams. “There’s something for everyone.”
The festivities will kick off with the Miss Reed City and Prince Pageant at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Westerburg Park tent. Event organizer Shelly Sharlow said all winners will receive a crown, sash, prize money and a spot in a couple of local parades.
“It’s just good to see these young girls go out and share their talents,” Sharlow said. “It’s a self-esteem builder.”
Applications are due Friday and can be picked up at Reed City Depot, Nica’s Boutique and online at www.reedcity.org/great-american-crossroads-celebration.html. There is a $15 fee to enter. Girls ages 14 to 19 can run for the title of queen, ages 9 to 13 can run for junior queen and girls ages 8 and younger can run for princess. Princes can be 10 years old and younger.
Contestants will participate in three categories, including casual wear, formal wear and talent. The participants also will be interviewed by judges before the contest.
“I want a whole bunch of girls to enter and I would love to have some little boys, too,” Sharlow added.
The parade, one of the main events of the Crossroads Celebration, is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will travel through the downtown area. There is no cost to enter the event and prizes will be awarded to a number of entries.
Country music from Michigan-based Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys will resound twice on Aug. 17. The group will perform one family-friendly show at 6 p.m. and one for attendees 21 years and older at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 per show.
“We wondered what we could do on that Saturday night that the family can attend and is different,” Williams said. “It’s really fun when we can do something different.”
A fun activity that will have children moving and learning also will take place at 3 p.m. on Aug. 17, thanks to a grant from the Central Michigan District Health Department that was received by the Mecosta-Osceola ISD Great Start Collaborative. Popular entertainment act, Kevin Kammeradd, will host the event for children and their parents at Westerburg Park.
Luckily, the band had an open spot before going on tour across the country to promote their newly released album. Williams said the timing is perfect and is hopeful the younger generations will take advantage of the band’s appearance.
“We have very little that the youth like to do during the celebration, and we hope this is something that they will want to do and bring their friends to,” she added.
Also a big part of this year’s Crossroads Celebration is the Crossroads Theatre Guild, which is hosting a youth play called “The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It.” Performances will take place at 7:30 on Aug. 15, at 2 and 7: 30 p.m. on Aug. 16 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17. Ticket prices vary per show.
Other family-friendly events include a baked potato supper at 4 p.m., a parade at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16, a downtown car show starting at 9 a.m., a horseshoe tournament at 10 a.m. at Rambadt Park and a BBQ chicken dinner at noon on Aug. 17 and the lucky duck race at 1 p.m. on Aug. 18.
Concession stands and other food items, softball tournaments, live music and a beverage tent will be featured throughout the celebration as well.
For a complete schedule, more information or registration and application information, visit www.reedcity.org.