REED CITY — It’s festival time in Reed City. Folks are preparing for an eventful weekend as the annual Great American Crossroads Celebration is set to begin.

From Thursday, Aug. 13, to Sunday, Aug. 16, people of all ages can enjoy food, music, cars, kids rides and much more in downtown Reed City.

The Great American Crossroads Celebration will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday with the Miss Reed City and Prince Pageant at Crossroads Theater Guild. The celebration continues at 8:45 a.m. on Friday with a shotgun start for the 10th annual Reed City Athletics Golf Outing at Spring Valley Golf Course.

According to Suzie Hicks, president of the Crossroads Celebration board, this year’s celebration will be new and improved.

“We’re looking forward to a good change,” she said. “The board brainstormed, what can we do different this year?”

One major change the board decided on is a new parade route. Beginning on at 6 p.m. on Friday, the parade will travel down Higbee Street all the way to Reed City High School.

The hub of festivities also has been moved this year. Upton Avenue will be closed to traffic on Friday and Saturday between Chestnut Street and Higbee Street to accommodate vendors and entertainment.

Children also will notice changes this year with a carnival in Westerburg Park. On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the carnival will feature games, inflatables and five carnival rides.

This year's Crossroads Celebration is also being advertised as an “All Class Reunion” for Reed City graduates. According to Hicks, Reed City High School's class of 1975 is planning a get together at the festival for their 40-year class reunion.

Hicks encourages graduates of any Reed City class to “come and hang out with people you haven’t seen in a while.”

A staple of the Great American Crossroads Celebration is live music. Detroit rockers Wheelhouse, featuring Reed City graduate Jeff Kerwin, will perform at 9 p.m. on Friday downtown, near Brothers Sports Bar. Saturday will feature performances by both the Cedar Creek Band and Reed City alumni the Ricker Brothers Band.

Chastity Eads, Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, has been attending the Great American Crossroads Celebration for years and hopes for another good turnout.

“The festival brings lots of people to the community and promotes our small town businesses,” Eads said. “It’s just a fun weekend for families.”

EVENTS:

Thursday

  • 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.     Book sale at Reed City Public Library
  • 6:30 p.m.     Miss Reed City and Prince Pageant at Crossroads Theater Guild

Friday

  • 8:45 a.m.     Reed City Athletics Golf Outing at Spring Valley Golf Course
  • 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.     Book sale at Reed City Public Library
  • 6 p.m.          Festival parade starting on Higbee Street at Slosson Street
  • 6-10 p.m.     Softball tournaments in Westerburg Park
  • 7-9 p.m.     Jazz and blues concert in Rambadt Memorial Park
  • 9 p.m.          Music from Wheelhouse downtown

Saturday  

  • 8-11 a.m.     Pancake breakfast at Reed City Moose Lodge
  • 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.     Softball tournaments in Westerburg Park
  • 9 a.m.     Great American Crossroads 5K run and walk starting at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital
  • 9-11 a.m.     Art in the Park at Rambadt Memorial Park
  • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.     Crossroads car show downtown
  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.     Arts and crafts show downtown
  • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.     Carnival bingo at Reed City Senior Center
  • 11 a.m.     Chicken barbecue in Westerburg Park
  • 11 a.m - 6 p.m.     Children's carnival in Westerburg Park
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.     It's a Bug's Life Family Adventure in Westerburg Park
  • 1 p.m.     RCHS Alumni Soccer Game at RCHS football field
  • 1-4 p.m.     Old Rugged Cross Museum Open House
  • 3 p.m.     Paintball tournament at Liberty Baptist Church
  • 4-6 p.m.     Music from Cedar Creek Band downtown
  • 9 p.m.     Music from Ricker Brothers Band downtown

Sunday

  • 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.     Softball tournaments in Westerburg Park
  • 6 p.m.     Praise in the Park and cookout in Rambadt Park