Event-filled weekend spills over into busy Fourth of July



By Cynthia Price

The diversity of events June 28-30 in Muskegon and north Ottawa counties was enough to please even the pickiest people – and the weather for the most part was beautiful.

Sports enthusiasts and outdoor lovers had the Muskegon Clippers and a  Mona Lake Community Paddle, as well as the very competitive Port City Criterium (Crit).

The Port City Crit, a bicycle race that uses downtown Muskegon as a course, was hot and humid but not rainy. Sponsored by Cedar Lake Farm LLC,  Nichols, Core Realty Partners,  Tyler Sales Co., Michelob Ultra, Webb Chemical Co., and Trace Analytical Laboratories, held in age- and gender-categorized heats,  is a US Cycling competition.

Port City Crit Sponsorship Director said that at least 80% of the participants were from out of town. There was less of an audience than in the past, but still plenty to greet the winners. (Results, not yet posted, will be at www.portcitycrit.comwww.portcitycrit.com)

Art lovers could head over to Grand Haven for the very well-attended Grand Haven Art Festival. In addition to a large number of booths lining Washington Ave., there were free hot dogs and additional vendors at First Reformed Church, also on Washington.

There were also sensory-friendly movies at the Cinema Carousel.

Astronomy buffs could attend one of the Muskegon Astronomical Society’s star parties at Muskegon State Park, foodies with a sweet tooth could go to the Lakeside Emporium’s Sweet Saturday (held every Saturday), and motorcyclists could go on a scenic poker run to benefit No More Sidelines.

Most unusual, anyone could visit the Yankee Lady World War II heavy bomber at the Muskegon County Airport Friday or Saturday, and if they come up with the money, go on a flight.

The B17 came from the Ypsilanti’s Yankee Air Museum, and was sponsored by the LST 393 Veterans Museum. “As a community rich with World War II history, we are honored to have this rare aircraft plan a day long visit here,” said John Stephenson, LST 393 Secretary. “There may be only ten airworthy Boeing B-17s left in existence, so it’s quite a thrill... to have the best one visit Muskegon.”

A few days later, Fourth of July long-weekend activities got underway. For the first year since 2011, there was a midway carnival at Heritage Landing. The official fireworks seemed to be just the right length And there were also the three-day Rockstock music fest and the Lakeshore Art Festival - watch for more next week.