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.
Organizers of the 25th Mendon Riverfest, which concluded its three-day run Saturday, said the milestone anniversary was a success.
Riverfest Committee chairman Roger Cupp said a strong crowd all day Saturday made up for smaller-than-usual attendance Thursday and Friday.
Highlights Saturday included a canoe swamp, which drew eight teams and featured a $100 cash prize won by a three-member team consisting of Mendon residents Jenna and Meghan Griffith, and Three Rivers native Amanda Brady.
A 25-minute fireworks show that drew more than 2,000 spectators concluded the festival.
Organizers of this weekend’s Mendon Riverfest have issued a reminder that many of the activities set to take place during the three-day celebration require advance registration.
The festival’s website has sign-up forms for prospective participants in the Riverfest parade, its arts and crafts exhibit, Saturday’s Hornet Hustle 5K run, a fishing tournament, canoe swamp, canoe race, kayak race and Thursday’s opening-night lip-sync contest.
Cash prizes are available for many of the events, but advance registration is required.
Registration forms may be downloaded from the website mendonriverfest.com.
The 75th Abbott’s Magic Get-Together in Colon concluded Saturday, and organizers of the four-day celebration say the milestone celebration was an overwhelming success.
Greg Bordner, president of Abbott’s Magic, said participants and spectators from seven countries and nearly 40 states took part in the celebration. Though the event is staged as a convention for performers in the world of magic and illusion, the nightly showcase performances at Colon High School proved to be a popular attraction for the general public.
Bordner said each of the four nightly shows and a Saturday benefit performance drew more than 1,000 people.
Colon and Colon-area merchant also welcomed the event, as business at local gas stations and restaurants was solid, Colon village officials said.
St. Joseph County’s next community festival kicks off Aug. 16, when the Mendon Riverfest starts its three-day run and stages a milestone celebration of its own; 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the village celebration.
The fourth annual Burr Oak Heritage Festival is set to kick off Friday.
The three-day event in St. Joseph County’s smallest incorporated community has a number of entertaining events, including a vintage baseball game between the Burr Oak Bandits and Sturgis Biscuits Friday night, a parade Saturday morning, fireworks Saturday night, and a community church service and picnic Sunday.
Patty Seeba, a member of the Burr Oak Heritage Festival Committee, said the lineup of events this year is the most comprehensive in the short life of the village’s community celebration.
Other events include port-a-potty races, a soap-box derby, a pizza-eating contest a display of old-fashioned farm machinery and plenty of live music.