Crossroads Festival events abound through weekend

REED CITY — Dozens of events for the entire family will entertain thousands this weekend at The Great American Crossroads Festival in Reed City.

The festival will offer events each day from Thursday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 17, throughout the city’s downtown and parks.

The annual Miss Reed City Pageant will feature female and male contestants starting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Westerburg Park, following a 5 p.m. baked potato supper hosted by the Knights of Columbus at the Reed City Depot. During the pageant, sponsored by the Reed City General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a queen, junior queen, princess and prince will be crowned.

Friday, Aug. 15, will feature the newest event, Battle of the Bands, which will allow six local groups to compete and perform before a panel of judges.

Each band will perform for about 20 to 30 minutes in hopes of winning a $500 cash prize. Spectators can attend the event for a low-cost entrance fee.

Friday also hosts other events, including a book sale, spaghetti supper, jazz and blues concert, and the festival parade, which will travel down Upton Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. All are welcome to join the parade and compete for cash prizes for best entries.

The largest day of the festival is Saturday, Aug. 16, with events beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting through 1 a.m. on Sunday. Events for all ages will occur throughout the city, including a pancake breakfast, youth mini soccer camp, car show, 5K Fun Run, chicken barbecue, paintball tournament and more. Shops in the downtown area also will be open for business, ready to serve shoppers with every need.

Sporting events, including a youth mini soccer camp, and tournaments for baseball, little league, softball and paintball also will take place throughout the four-day festival.

The Great American Crossroads Festival is one to bring the community together in celebration and reunion. In addition, it allows the businesses and organizations to work as one to create a successful celebration.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact the Reed City Area Chamber of commerce at (231) 832-5431 or visit