Evergreen Festival takes place this weekend

REED CITY — Christmas spirit will overtake the Reed City community on Friday, Nov. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 29, during the annual Evergreen Festival.

The annual arts and crafts show, sponsored by Community Education, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days of the festival. More than 100 booths and vendors will line Reed City High School corridors offering items and gifts for friends and family of all ages. Concessions also will be available during the event.

The craft show is a great time to take care of Christmas shopping in one stop, and for the opportunity to pick something up for oneself, Williams added. This year will bring new vendors with new items.

Saturday's Evergreen Parade is one of the highlights of the festival, and this year it will begin traveling through downtown at 1 p.m.

Groups or individuals looking to take part can line up at 12:30 p.m. at the corners of Sears and Franklin streets. Participants may want to dress lively for the occasion, as cash prizes will be awarded. The grand prize winner will take home $100, $50 will be awarded to the best vehicle, walkers/marchers, animal/adult, animal/youth, business and organization, and the best band will take home $25. To enter the parade, visit reedcity.org or call the Chamber at (231) 832-5431.

New this year is a Santa’s Sleigh Bed Race event, hosted by the Reed City Firefighters Association and slated to take place downtown following the parade.

Money raised from the event will go toward the Reed City Fire Department purchase of mechanical CPR devices, which are needed to assist with manpower shortages the department faces during the daytime. The machines also are beneficial because they do not tire and can administer the same quality of CPR after minutes of use.

Each team will have four pushers and one rider, who will be dressed in pajamas provided by the fire department. The race will begin at the 200 block of Upton and travel east for 300 feet to the intersection of Upton and Higbee streets. Once there, the team will participate in a “North Pole Fire Drill,” where the rider will take off the pajamas and switch positions with a pusher before being able to travel another 300 feet to the finish line.

The entry fee is $100 per team of five individuals and winners of the race will receive monetary prizes. Participants must be at least 16 years old. For more information on the race or to register for the event, call Dave Belden at (231) 349-2161 or visit reedcityfire.org.

Also new this year is a free Evergreen Crossroads Variety Show, hosted by the Crossroads Theatre Guild. The show will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Planned acts include theater regulars offering short scenes from popular plays, in addition to musical acts and more.

Veteran actor and director D. A. Johnson is hosting an evening of fun skits and live music, all performed by local actors and musicians from Reed City, Evart, Sears, Chase and Hersey. The event will take place at the performing arts center. located at 249 W. Upton Ave.

The Reed City Depot also will be a hub of activity after the parade ends, Williams said. Children hoping to share their Christmas wishes to Santa can pay him a visit with Mrs. Claus before checking out his reindeer. In addition, the depot will be decorated like a gingerbread house for visitors to frost gingerbread cookies. A bonfire, hot chocolate and cookies will help everyone feel warm and refreshed.