Reed City prepares for annual summer festival

REED CITY – The eighth annual Great American Crossroads Celebration kicks off today in Reed City, attracting friends, family and tourists to the “crossroads of Michigan” for a four-day festival packed with activities. The festival, which runs today to Sunday offers a variety of events each day, spread from Westerburg Park to Babb Ford to downtown Reed City. “There will be a lot of activity and things going on,” said Suzie Williams, executive director of the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a fun time for people to be out and about.” Some of the Crossroads Festival events include:
Wednesday Miss Reed City/Prince Pageant, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at G.T. Norman Elementary School, sponsored by the Reed City GFWC;  
Thursday Fashion show, 5 to 7 p.m. at Westerburg Park, sponsored by Nica’s Boutique and Head to Toe Salon and Spa; Teen dance, 8 to 11 p.m. at Westerburg Park, sponsored by the Reed City High School Class of 2016;   Friday Quilt show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Trinity Lutheran School gym; Festival Parade, 6 p.m. in downtown Reed City, sponsored by Cuttin’ Loose; Softball Tournament begins, 6 to 10 p.m., sponsored by the Great American Crossroads Celebration Committee; Teen talent show, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Reed City High School cafeteria, sponsored by Osceola Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking; Music by DJ Wessen, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the beverage tent at Westerburg Park;  
Saturday Pancake breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m. at the Reed City Fire Department, sponsored by the Reed City Fire Department; 5k run, 9 a.m. at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, sponsored by Mosiac; Car show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Upton Avenue between Chestnut and Higbee streets, sponsored by St. Philip Neri Catholic Church; Rock Wall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Babb Ford, sponsored by Eagle Village; Lucky Duck race, noon at the Mini-Mack bridge in Linear Park, sponsored by Big Brothers/Big Sisters; World’s Slowest Bike Race, 1 to 2 p.m. on Howard Street near the entry to Rambadt Park, sponsored by Together We Can!   Sunday Softball tournaments end, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by the Great American Crossroads Celebration Committee.   From new events, to popular favorites Williams estimates the festival will bring more than 1,000 people – alumni, friends and newcomers – to Reed City for a few days. “People come home and visit their family,” Williams said. “They come to the beverage tent and see all the people they used to know. A lot of reunions happen.” Most events at the festival are free to the public. For more information on the festival’s other activities – which include kids inflatables, cage fighting, softball tournaments, a chicken barbecue, live music and other fun-filled events – visit www.reedcity.org/great-american-crossroads-celebration.html .