2011-07-11 / Front Page

Country Fair Days on tap in Marlette starting Thursday

BY CATHY BARRINGER Contributing Writer

A car show sponsored by Kraft Service Center will be held next Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A car show sponsored by Kraft Service Center will be held next Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. MARLETTE — Marlette Country Fair Days is the highlight of the summer for many area residents and this year is no exception.

The four-day festival held in downtown Marlette will be held this Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17.

John Scott, who is co-chairing this year’s event with Marlette City Councilman Pat Wilson, said the festival was in jeopardy of folding when people and businesses began chipping in to help. The pair along with seven committee members helped pull together this year’s festival.

“It’s been a blessing,” he said. “If you don’t have a good committee, it is not going to work. One person cannot put this together. It’s a team effort.”

He said many thanks go out of the festival’s top sponsor, Grupo Antolin, along with significant support from the City of Marlette and Tri-County Bank. Many other individuals and businesses helped out with small contributions as well.

“Without them, this might not have been possible, “Scott said. “Even during bad times, there are people who believe in Marlette and stepped up. Especially in tough times, it’s not easy. Sometimes it brings out the best in people.”

Scott said most of the events are centered in the downtown district, and all of the children’s activities will be located on the west side of Main Street (M-53).

“There are 5,000 people driving down M-53 each day at a low time,” he said. “This way, we will have a child-safe zone, so they don’t have to cross the road.”

Scott said next year, he anticipates the Festival Committee will be larger and have a bigger budget in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the City of Marlette, the 125th anniversary of Marlette High School and the 175th Anniversary of the State of Michigan in 2012.

This year’s celebration officially kicks off Thursday, July 14 with community garage sales and crafters at the Marlette Depot, which both continue through Sunday. A farm flea market will be held at the train depot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Marlette District Library, 3116 Main St., will host its book sale from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

On Thursday evening, a garden walk sponsored by the Marlette Regional Hospital Auxiliary will take place from 4-9 p.m. The Texas Hold ‘Em and Vegas Night will get underway at 7 p.m. at the Coach House Tavern, 2701 Golf Course Dr.

From 7-8 p.m. Thursday night, cars from years past will hit the streets for the Open Car Cruise, sponsored by Treve’s Pizza and McDonald’s. Checkin is at Treve’s Pizza, 4116 Main St.

On Friday, July 15, Tri-County Bank will be giving away free popcorn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free hot dogs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 3-on-3 basketball tournament will begin at Marlette Community Park at 5:30 p.m. The MASAP Little League Tournament also will get underway at Cheryl Thomas Field at 5:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the Marlette Melodrama will be held in the Marlette High School cafeteria. A variety show will start at 8 p.m. at the Marlette Community Center, formerly CC’s Cyber Café, 3021 Main St.

At 9 p.m., amateur singers can compete in the karaoke contest at Eddie G’s, 6484 Marlette St. Golfers can take a shot at Twilight Golf at the Coach House at 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 16 will begin at 8 a.m. with the 5K Run/Walk, Planes Trains and Automobiles, at the Marlette Train Depot. The Cheryl Thomas Memorial Co-Ed Softball Tournament also will begin at 8 a.m. at Marlette Community Park.

At 9 a.m., the MASAP Little League Tournament and Home Run Derby will strike up some fun at Cheryl Thomas Field.

In the downtown district, a cookie sale will be hosted by the St. Elizabeth Council of Catholic Women at 9:30 a.m., while hot dogs and refreshments will be available from the Knights of Columbus beginning at 10 a.m.

Also at 10 a.m., the downtown sidewalk sales will be offering great deals. The Marlette Regional Hospital Health Tent will open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. downtown.

A must-see attraction is the Country Fair Days Parade starting at 11 a.m. downtown. Kids of all ages will be attracted to the Petting Zoo hosted by the Marlette Stockyards and 4-H at the library also beginning at 11 a.m.

The car show sponsored by Kraft Service Center will offer a peek at cars from yesteryear downtown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At noon, the Horseshoe Tournament will get underway at the Coach House Tavern. From 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., a dog obedience training demonstration will be put on by the Sanilac County 4-H Dog Program at the Marlette District Library.

Duzie Entertainment will entertain crowds at 1 p.m. at the library. At 2 p.m. Saturday, a Hymn Sing will be featured at the Marlette Train Depot, the Oehrlein Dancers will be performing at the library, and little ones can try their luck at the Pedal Pull downtown.

An ice cream eating contest will test tummies at Moore’s Ice Cream, 3295 Main St., at 4 p.m.

At 7 p.m. that evening, Marlette Melodrama will be featured at the Marlette High School cafeteria.

Fireworks will light up the sky over Marlette Community Park at dusk Saturday night. At 9 p.m., a disc jockey will be playing hits at the Coach House Tavern, while a live band will provide entertainment at Eddie G’s.

On Sunday, July 17, mud volleyball will take place at the Coach House Tavern at noon.

At 1: 30 p.m. that afternoon, friends and family will gather for the Community Potluck Picnic in Marlette Community Park.

A Gospel Concert in the Park will begin at 2 p.m., as well as the Marlette Melodrama at the high school cafeteria. M/T Pocket Pullers also will be featured at 2 p.m. at the Marlette Stockyards.

For more information, contact the Marlette Area Chamber of Commerce at City Hall at 989 635-7448.

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