Reed City’s Crossroads Celebration provides weekend of nonstop fun

REED CITY — The variety of activities offered at Reed City’s Great American Crossroads Celebration gave everyone in town a reason to cross paths at some point in the weekend.

The ninth-annual, four-day family festival featured softball tournaments, a pageant, arts and crafts, a car show, talent show and much more.

“Everybody comes out, and it’s a nice big gathering of the community,” said Suzie Williams, director of the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce, who has been involved in planning the festival for four years. “It’s going very well. We have a beautiful day (Saturday) and the park is full.”

The weekend’s warm weather encouraged a couple thousand people to check out the Crossroads Celebration, by William’s estimate. While many local people participate, the festival also draws visitors from across the state.

“Seeing everybody out enjoying everything is my favorite part,” Williams said. “Seeing everybody having fun is what I like.”

The Miss Reed City and Prince Pageant kicked off the celebration on Thursday. Crossroads Theatre Guild youth production gave multiple performances of “Curate Shakespeare As You Like It” throughout the weekend.

Friday evening’s parade showcased many of the groups involved in different aspects of the festival. Saturday brought children’s games and inflatables, while a variety of musical groups provided entertainment throughout the weekend.

Bob Rauch, of Manton, showed off his 1976 Ford Maverick during Saturday’s car show. He travels to about 10 car shows each year, though this was his first time in Reed City.

“I like the set-up of the town. If (my) wife would have known it was in town, she probably would have come,” he said with a laugh. “I like that people take the time to restore the cars and take them for other people to see.”

Rauch allowed children to sit behind the wheel of his car, saying a love for automobiles is something different generations can share.

At Westerburg Park, where many Crossroads Celebration events took place, Connie Mcdermott manned a booth for Harvest Assembly of God, located in Reed City. This was the second year the church was involved in the festival, giving away bikes.

“We realized this is really fun to do for the community, so we upped it (from two bikes) to six bikes this year,” Mcdermott said. “This is our first time being in the park and it’s nice being here with the kids. It’s a chance to get together and meet new people. There’s more here than I realized.”

Jeannette Brissette, one of the other women at the Harvest Assembly of God table with Mcdermott, said she enjoys being a part of the church’s outreach to provide bikes for local children.

“The festival draws people to the community to see what Reed City is like,” she said.

Amy and Dan Dobb, of Muskegon, were among the people drawn to Reed City this weekend. The couple has a cabin in Chase they stay at every weekend in the summer, and this year was their second visit to the Crossroads Celebration.

“Our favorite is the chicken barbeque,” Amy said as she and Dan enjoyed lunch prepared by the AMVETS. “The car show was nice, we just came from there. This is a very nice community.”