Tustin Daze returns for Labor Day Weekend

TUSTIN — The community of Tustin will be brimming with activity throughout Labor Day weekend, as the annual Tustin Daze festival brings family and friends together for end-of-summer fun.

"We've got some good events going on," said Tustin Daze Committee Chair Leta Hoaglund. "We keep changing things every year to keep it interesting."

Attractions begin on Friday, Sept. 4, with a 6 p.m. community mini music festival and the announcement of the Miss Tustin contest winner at the Covenant Presbyterian Church soccer fields.

Hoaglund said four girls are participating in the competition, which is returning this year after a short hiatus.

"I think the Miss Tustin competition will probably be one of the highlights this year," she added.

Community and teen dances also will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday at the community center parking lot and Boomer's Rendezvous, and quilt raffle tickets to benefit the Osceola County Commission on Aging will be on sale throughout the day.

Saturday, Sept. 5, offers a packed day of activities throughout the village, with an early morning pancake breakfast at the former Tustin Elementary School benefiting the Tustin Fire Department and a 5K fun run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church. The morning also will feature craft vendors, a blood drive and a garage sale before the parade at 11 a.m.

"The parade always does really well," Hoaglund said. "And we have kids games, adult games, food and more."

Other activities on Saturday include Plinko, live music by Bristol Flats, a horseshoe tournament, 3-point shoot out and additional raffle sales for chances to win prizes.

"The money we raise from the raffle goes right back into the community," Hoaglund added. "Whatever we don't need for next year's Tustin Daze, we give to three charities. This year it will go to the Osceola Food Pantry, Pine River Area Museum and the local chapter of the Shriners.

Throughout Saturday, children will enjoy an ice cream eating contest at 11:20 a.m., low-cost kids games beginning at noon at the ball fields, a water battle at 1:30 p.m. at the fire station, a 2 p.m. story hour and hula-hoop demonstration at the library, a frozen t-shirt competition at 2:30 p.m. at Boomer's Rendezvous and a free ice cream social at the former elementary school at 3:45 p.m.

Sunday will finish out the festival with a two-person golf scramble and Cadillac Area Modelers Society air show.

Hoaglund said she is appreciative of the volunteers who donate their time and energy to making Tustin Daze a success.

"We couldn't do it without any of them," she added.

For more information on Tustin Daze, call Leta Hoaglund at (231) 878-3587 or pick up a full schedule at businesses in Tustin.