The Mendon Kiwanis Showboat kicks off for the 56th time this evening, the first of a three-night run.
“White Christmas” is the theme of this year’s presentation, which begins at 7:30 p.m., with additional shows staged at the same time Friday and Saturday at Mendon Elementary School’s gymnasium.
Dale Eickhoff, head of this year’s Showboat, said rehearsals have been taking place for the past month. A group of about 40 members are a part of the cast, which will present about 15 songs.
Cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All proceeds go to the Mendon Kiwanis Club, whose members use the money to support scholarships for high school students and other school-related benefits.
More than 142,000 people attended the St. Joseph County Grange Fair over the course of its seven-day run last week, officials from the fair board announced Monday.
Despite rain Friday night and Saturday morning, a strong crowd to the Saturday evening Alan Jackson concert helped push the weekly attendance to a point that it surpassed 2011 attendance by 2 percent, according to fair manager Bill Johnson.
In a media release issued Monday by Johnson, vendors were satisfied with the week and an overwhelmingly positive response was fielded regarding Tuesday’s monster-truck show and Wednesday’s demolition derby. Johnson said efforts would be made to bring back both attractions in 2013.
The fair’s average weekly attendance is about 150,000.
The 162nd St. Joseph County Grange Fair is in the books, and organizers of the event said weather – as it usually is – was a key factor in attendance.
Though a final figure for the seven-day event won’t be available until sometime today, a sunny Saturday afternoon coupled with more than 5,000 people attending the event-ending Alan Jackson concert helped make up for a wet and cold Friday night.
The Centreville-based fair is the second-to-last county fair in the state and typically experiences a variety of extreme weather conditions. Fair officials said this year was no exception.
The 162nd St. Joseph County Grange Fair kicks off Sunday.
The seven-day event, which averages about 150,000 people over the course of the week, is once again offering a variety of activities and attractions.
Though not officially a fair day, Saturday will feature an 8:30 a.m. dog show and 4:30 p.m. poultry show.
Sunday’s opening day begins with large-mule pulls at 8 a.m., horse and rabbit shows at 8:30 and 9 a.m. respectively, and farm truck pulls at 4 p.m. The midway opens Sunday at noon.
Musical highlights include the Wallman family at 1 p.m. and the Wasepi Bluegrass band at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday is designated as Family Day at the Centreville-based fair.
The St. Joseph County Fair Board of Directors staged its annual media day Wednesday at the Centreville fairgrounds.
Members indicated they anticipate a well-attended fair again this year, with showcase events each of the seven days of the 162nd fair. The nightly events include farm truck pulls, Motocross, monster trucks, a demolition derby, a Beatles tribute band and country/western star Alan Jackson.
Other attractions include a mobile zoo, the return of the miracle of birthing tent and magic shows by Kandy and Co. The Elephant Encounter, a new attraction, is sponsored by the Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union and will stage its first performance Monday.
The fair, which features 67 different food-serving vendors, opens Sunday and concludes Sept. 22.
The 11th Constantine Harvest Fest took place Saturday and was declared a success by members of the organizing committee.
Karen Gillett, chair of the organizing committee, said strong attendance and positive feedback from vendors were key factors in helping make St. Joseph County’s final 2012 community festival a success.
A supply of nearly 400 ears of sweet corn donated by the Stears family was exhausted by the end of the day-long festival. In addition, the event featured a number of games, food, arts and crafts vendors, music, a raffle drawing for more than 60 donated items, a rubber duck race, and hula-hoop contest and water-balloon toss.
Planning for the 2013 Harvest festival will begin early next year.