Sturgis Fest a success

June 30, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Organizers of the Sturgis Fest community festival said the 2014, seven-day community celebration was considered a success.

The festival concluded Saturday with an impressive fireworks show that capped several special events, including a motorcycle show, an old-time baseball game and a kick-off event with a special recognition of Sturgis’ citizens of the year, Kerri Millet and Skip Sisson.

Sturgis Fest was the third of eight community festivals in St. Joseph County this summer. The next community celebration will be White Pigeon Days, a two-day festival starting July 11.

Three Rivers Water Festival a success

June 16, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Organizers of the 58th Three Rivers Water Festival are calling the 2014 edition a success.

The three-day community celebration concluded Saturday with an enhanced fireworks show, thanks to an extra financial contribution from Omni Community Credit Union.

Thursday’s parade was capped at the maximum 80 participants, and live music Friday and Saturday nights was enjoyed by hundreds of people.

The Water Festival marks the start of festival season in St. Joseph County; Centreville’s Covered Bridge Days is on deck, as the two-day event begins Friday.

Musical summer

June 6, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A musical summer is returning to White Pigeon in 2014.

Sponsored by the White Pigeon Township Library, Summertime Tunes begins its third season Saturday, with the Whistle Pigs performing 2 to 4 p.m. at Wade Park.

Library Director Perri Saunders said the South Bend-based band has specialized in the brass/rock sound of Chicago, the Commodores, Paul Simon and contemporary artists such as Bruno Mars.

Following the Whistle Pigs, Deadwood will perform its bluegrass sound July 11 and classic rock group The Trace, from Grand Rapids, returns with a show Aug. 16 to round out the program.

There is no cost to attend any of the shows.

The White Pigeon Township Fire Department will offer food for a donation.

A special feature during this Sunday’s show will be two major announcements. First, the White Pigeon Days Citizens of the Year will be made public. Second, the recipient of the 2014 White Pigeon Community Association scholarship winner will be named.

Tickets for Reba are on sale

December 17, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Here’s a reminder that tickets for Reba McEntire’s performance at the 2014 St. Joseph County Grange Fair are on sale.

Tickets are $94.50 for VIP seating in the first 10 rows, $84.50 for track seats and $79 for grandstand seating.

Tickets may be purchased at the fair box office, over the phone at 888-873-0550, or online at

The show starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 20.

Reba to be at fair

December 13, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A big name in the country/western music genre will bring her talent to Centreville next year.

Officials from the St. Joseph County Grange Fair announced Reba McEntire will be the headline entertainer at the Sept. 20, closing-night performance. The 58-year-old Oklahoma native has won 15 American Music awards, 13 American Country Music awards, nine People’s Choice awards and two Grammy awards.

Her more-recognizable songs include “Fancy,” “For My Broken Heart” and “Is There Life Out There?”

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Seats in the first 10 rows are $94.50; track seats are $84.50 and grandstand seats are $79.

Johnson said in terms of cost, McEntire is the biggest act the fair has ever booked.

Christmas in Colon

December 9, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Nearly 200 people took part in Friday’s Christmas in Colon holiday gathering  in downtown Colon.

Despite cold weather, a crowd gathered along State Street well ahead of the annual parade. The procession started at Colon Elementary and concluded at Colon Community Park, where hot chocolate, cookies and a visit with Santa were available.

Sponsored by the Colon Area Chamber of Commerce, the event also featured extended hours at downtown Colon businesses, where finger foods and treats were offered.

Village president Tom Tenney declared the 2013 event a success based on the number of people who participated and spent the evening in its downtown district.

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