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Lowell Fairgrounds bounce back from flooding to host fair August 5-10

Lowell Fairgrounds bounce back from flooding to host fair August 5-10

LOWELL, Mich.—Despite extensive damage caused by flooding in April, the Lowell Fairgrounds are ready for the Kent County Youth Fair, which starts August 5.

This year’s fair runs through August 10 and will include carnival rides, animals, sand sculpting, swing dancing, blue gross music, tractor pulls, auctions and a youth talent show.  You can find the full schedule of events here. The Kent District Library is also partnering with fair organizers to offer a free day of carnival rides for children under age 12 when they present a completed book log on August 6.

The Kent County Youth Fair will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Admission is free.

See your film on the big screen during the Kent County Teen Film Festival

See your film on the big screen during the Kent County Teen Film Festival

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—CompuCraft, Celebration! Cinema and the Kent District and Grand Rapids Public libraries are teaming up to find the next Steven Spielberg.

The Kent County Teen Film Festival is coming in February 2014.  The event gives young filmmakers a chance to see their movie on the big screen.  Submissions are due January 17, but the libraries will be offering filmmaking classes beforehand.  Classes include video writing, drawing storyboards, filming and video editing.

All short films must be written, directed and edited by teenagers in grades 6-12.  The filmmaker/director must be a resident of Kent County. The films must be created after January 1, 2013, be ten minutes or less and must be G or PG-rated.  For more information about rules, regulations and deadlines for the Kent County Teen Film Festival, click here.

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

Boy Scouts seek replacement flags for Lowell holiday celebrations

Boy Scouts seek replacement flags for Lowell holiday celebrations

LOWELL, Mich.—The Lowell Boy Scout Troop #102 is looking for U.S. flag donations to help decorate Main Street during holiday events.

The troop needs 15 more flags to replace worn out ones that have been retired.  The Boy Scouts’ goal is to keep a flag in front of every business for each of the six holidays and special events celebrated downtown.

Each replacement nylon flag is $50. The Boy Scouts will send an electronic copy of receipts to each donor. Checks can be written to:

Boy Scout Troop 102

C/O Dirk Ritzema

829 Sheppard Drive

Lowell, MI 49331

Scoutmaster Don Aversano says the troop also appreciates any help neighboring stores and businesses can provide with keeping flag holders clean and clear throughout the year.

Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concert: Rusty Wright Band July 18

Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concert: Rusty Wright Band July 18

LOWELL, Mich.—The “Rusty Wright Band” will take the stage Thursday, July 18 as part of the “Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series.” 

Since their start in 2004, the Rusty Wright Band has gained international recognition, performing blues and southern rock on four continents.  The band also earned a standing ovation when it opened for “Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

The Rusty Wright Band will begin performing at 7 p.m. on the Riverwalk Plaza, directly in front of the Lowell Showboat in historic downtown Lowell.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket.  Admission and parking is free.

Despite flood damage, the fair will go on in Lowell

Despite flood damage, the fair will go on in Lowell

LOWELL, Mich.—Despite extensive damage caused by flooding in April, the Lowell Fairgrounds will be ready in time for the Kent County Youth Fair.

Flood damage to horse barns and administrative offices has been largely repaired, thanks to community volunteers and successful fundraising over the past several weeks. “Over the past year we have faced some obstacles. However, thanks to the tremendous generosity of many companies and the hard work of so many people, we look forward to one of the best fairs on record,” says Kent County Youth Fair president Jon Bieneman.

Reunited by books: Share your story and possibly win $25

Reunited by books: Share your story and possibly win $25

How has the Kent District Library helped unite your family?

Share your story with KDL by 5 p.m. Monday, July 22 and you could win a $25 gift card to Schuler Books & Music.  To enter, fill out this form.  Your experience may also be shared on KDL’s Share Your Story page.

All people who submit a story will be entered in a drawing for the gift card.  

Kent District Library has 18 branches throughout West Michigan, including in My Towns Alpine Township, Cascade Township, Comstock Park, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Lowell,  Plainfield Township, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.