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22.) Howell Melon Festival Review – Howell, Michigan – August 27, 2019

On the Howell Carnegie Library lawn… …the Rotary Club of Howell was selling something rather special and delicious… …ice cream made from official Howell melons… …in celebration of their annual Melon Festival. The Melon Festival took place in downtown Howell, with the majority running along W. Grand River Avenue… …where vendors sold everything from local maple products and salsas (4D …

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21.) DeWitt Ox Roast Review – DeWitt, Michigan – August 17, 2019

In the town of DeWitt, Michigan… …I made my way downtown… …to visit their annual Ox Roast. Right off the bat, I saw that this was a festival where the carnival was a big draw… …as it had taken over the downtown area with all sorts of flying and spinning rides… …and plenty of games. Just beyond the carnival… …was …

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20.) Hippie Fest Review – Ionia, Michigan – August 17, 2019

AUTHOR’S NOTE: While this experience took place in Ionia, Michigan, Hippie Fest is a festival that takes place in various cities and states all over the country. The elements of the festival experience seen below will likely reflect all of the other Hippie Fest events. **** During the 50th anniversary of Woodstock… …I attended a festival where people could lay …

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19.) Danish Festival Review – Greenville, Michigan – August 17, 2019

AUTHOR’S NOTE: After attending the festival, I learned that there was a second location (at Veterans Memorial Park) with vendors, food and entertainment. According to the festival booklet, there is also shuttle service that connects it to the downtown. Unfortunately, I did not see any indication of this second location nor the shuttle service during my time at the festival. …

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18.) Sumner Daze Festival Review – Sumner, Michigan – August 17, 2019

At the Sumner Daze Festival in Sumner, Michigan… …all sorts of activities were going on in and around the community center. Within the community center, there were rooms set for crafts… …and a bake sale with plenty of sweet treats… …perfect after a burger from the Ithaca Lions Club. Meanwhile, around the center, people were gathered at the playground… …for …

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47.) YpsiFest Review – Ypsilanti, Michigan – August 26, 2018

Along Ypsilanti’s Cross Street… …and throughout Riverside Park (even Frog Island at times)… …the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival, or YpsiFest, took place… …uniting community groups to bring awareness to our land (Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy)… …our sustainability (Ypsilanti Food Co-op)… …our veterans and youth (VVA310/Ypsi Kids)… …our government and faith (MI Issue 2/Emmanuel Lutheran)… …our homeless (Groundcover News)… …our recovering (Huron …

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46.) Michigan Renaissance Festival Review – Holly, Michigan – August 26, 2018

Down in Holly Grove… …there’s a magical land… …with mermaids… …unicorns… …a living tree… …and many other fascinating characters. Welcome to the Michigan Renaissance Festival… …a huge festival… …where ogres sang… …princesses flourished… …elves and warriors could walk their dog together in peace… …and visitors could easily transform themselves… …into whomever they wanted… …thanks to all the costume shops… …leather …

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45.) Dragon on the Lake Review – Lake Orion, Michigan – August 25, 2018

Through this gate… …you can find Lake Orion… …a place where teams practice on boats… …equipped with dragon heads… …for a Dragon Boat Festival called… …Dragon on the Lake. But while other dragon boat festivals took place in the racing area during the race… …most of this festival’s activities occurred in town over the entire weekend (race was Sunday morning). …