REED CITY \u2013 The eighth annual Great American Crossroads Celebration will kick off next week in Reed City, attracting friends, family and tourists to the \u201ccrossroads of Michigan\u201d for a four-day festival packed with activities. The festival, which runs Aug. 15 to 18, offers a variety of events each day, spread from Westerburg Park to Babb Ford to downtown Reed City. \u201cThere will be a lot of activity and things going on,\u201d said Suzie Williams, executive director of the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce. \u201cIt\u2019s a fun time for people to be out and about.\u201d Though the majority of activities begin Friday, the festival begins Wednesday with a Miss Reed City\/Prince Pageant, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at G.T. Norman Elementary School, sponsored by the Reed City General Federation of Women\u2019s Club. On Thursday, the festival will host a fashion show from 5 to 7 p.m. at Westerburg Park. The show is a new addition to the festival and Williams expects it to be a hit. \u201cIt\u2019s going to be Head to Toe Salon and Spa doing hair and makeup and Nica\u2019s Boutique supplying clothes,\u201d she said. \u201cEverybody can come and watch. We have models of all ages.\u201d Following the show, a teen dance will be held at Westerburg Park for students from sixth to ninth grade. The dance costs $5 per person and is sponsored by the Reed City High School Class of 2016. The festival will continue on Friday with a quilt show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran School gym. \u201cThat\u2019s always fun. They have beautiful quilts,\u201d Williams said. After the quilt show, the Great American Crossroads Celebration Grand Parade will be held in downtown Reed City at 6 p.m. Softball tournaments also will start at 6 p.m. and continue throughout the weekend. The tournament is double-elimination and draws many teams and their families to the area, Williams said. The day will culminate with a teen talent show from 7 to 9 p.m. at Reed City High School cafeteria and music at Westerburg Park. \u201cSaturday is the big day,\u201d Williams said. \u201cIt starts off with softball tournaments and a pancake breakfast at the fire station.\u201d Following the breakfast at 8 a.m., the annual 5k run sponsored by Mosaic will be at 9 a.m. at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital. Individuals can register early for $15 by visiting www.spectrumhealth.org\/reedcity or register the day of the event for $20. Another annual favorite, the Crossroads Car Show, will be held in a new location this year. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Upton Avenue will be closed between Higbee and Chestnut streets for visitors to enjoy viewing classic and performance cars and visit downtown businesses at the same time. The Arts and Crafts Show will also be held on the street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. \u201cI thought it\u2019d be better to have the show downtown to have people (visit) the businesses too,\u201d said Crossroads Car Show organizer Paul Lewis said. \u201cHopefully having it downtown will bring more people downtown. That\u2019s the whole point.\u201d The car show also is taking non-perishable food donations for the Reed City food pantry during the show. \u201cHopefully the weather turns out well and people come out,\u201d Lewis said. \u201cI hope a lot of people show up and bring food.\u201d While the cars and crafts are being displayed in downtown Reed City, a rock wall will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Babb Ford on Maple Avenue, near US 10. \u201cBabb Ford and Eagle Village are working together for that,\u201d Williams said. \u201cThat will be fun.\u201d For those wanting to enter an unusual sporting contest, the world\u2019s slowest bike race will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Howard Street near the entrance to Rambadt Park. The event is sponsored by Together We Can! health initiative group. \u201cIt starts at (the entrance to) Rambadt Park and goes up that hill,\u201d Williams said. \u201cWhoever comes up the hill last is the winner.\u201d Those interested in riding in the bike race do not need to register and can show up at the start of the race. From new events, to popular favorites Williams estimates the festival will bring more than 1,000 people \u2013 alumni, friends and newcomers \u2013 to Reed City for a few days. \u201cPeople come home and visit their family,\u201d Williams said. \u201cThey come to the beverage tent and see all the people they used to know. A lot of reunions happen.\u201d Most events at the festival are free to the public. For more information on the festival\u2019s other activities \u2013 which include kids inflatables, cage fighting, softball tournaments, a chicken barbecue, live music and other fun-filled events \u2013 visit www.reedcity.org\/great-american-crossroads-celebration.html.