Northwest Michigan Fair Begins 8/3

July 31, 2008

 Celebrate the 100th Year of the Northwest Michigan Fair August 3 – 9

Goin’ to the Fair, Goin’ to the Fair, Goin’ to the Northwest Michigan Fair. I’ve been hearing that banjo jingle for as long as I can remember. It’s like the chicken dance, you just can’t get it out of your head. So with 100 years to celebrate they’ve decided now it’s time for an upgrade. You can vote for the best version of the song from now until August 1st. The winner will be announced on TV 7&4 News at 5pm on August 1st. Watch their videos on the news then vote for your favorite on the TV 7&4 website here.


But the fair is much more than a jingle. It’s proud children exhibiting for 4-H. It’s amusement rides and cotton candy to entertain the child in us all. There are animals of all kinds to pet, ride and learn about. There’s the demolition derby, tough trucks, concerts, Bingo and even a queen’s coronation. Everyone loves a good county fair, and the Northwest Michigan Fair is one of the best.


Northwest Michigan Fair graphic

For a complete schedule check out their website here. The Northwest Michigan Fair is located just outside Traverse City off highway M-37 in Grawn. Bring the whole family for some good ole’ American fun.

Movie Fans Rejoice in Traverse City

July 29, 2008

4th Annual Traverse City Film Festival July 29 – August 3

The streets of Traverse City flow with festival goers of another sort. Over the next several days the Traverse City Film Festival will thrill, amaze, enlighten and entertain thousands of eager movie fans. 


The festival is held in downtown Traverse City at five separate venues: the State Theatre, Old Town Playhouse, Milliken Auditorium, Lars Hockstad Auditorium, City Opera House, and the Open Space Park on the waterfront. 

"The festival has become a beacon of hope for the Grand Traverse region," said festival founder and president, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. "It’s nothing short of thrilling to see the response from tens of thousands of people eager to see a great movie. And this year we have dozens of them."

For more information on the festival visit their website. Tickets are still available for many of the films. They can be purchased online or through the film festival office in downtown Traverse City. Each evening there are free movies at the Open Space for everyone to enjoy.

Cherry Bowl Drive-In Features 7/25 – 7/31

July 25, 2008

Hellboy movie poster

Drive-In Movie Features Beginning July 25

Hellboy II – The Golden Army, rated PG-13

Get Smart, rated PG-13

Movies are always a double feature and always family friendly. Rain or shine, dusk is the time.



Fire Station Open House 7/26

July 25, 2008

 Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department Open House this Saturday

The Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department serving the residents of Acme, East Bay and Garfield townships will be holding an open house and dedication ceremony for their newest fire station this Saturday! Bring the family and enjoy free hot dogs, activities for the kids, demonstrations and much much more! Also on display will be Metro’s newest truck – Truck 1 – which is a 75′ Pierce ladder truck.

Saturday July 26  •  11:00am – 3:00pm
Metro Fire Station #1, located at 3 Mile and Hammond Rd in Traverse City

  • Refreshments
  • Safety Exhibits
  • Fire Truck Displays
  • Station Tours
  • Entertainment
  • Child Passenger Seat Checks

Please come visit with your local firefighters and learn how they are here to protect the citizens and see up close the newest additions to Metro! This event is not one to miss! Bring the kids and invite your neighbors!


Friday Night Live Returns 7/25

July 23, 2008

Downtown Traverse City Hosts Community Block Parties

Jazz, art, food and fun will fill East Front Street when Downtown Traverse City kicks off its 2008 series of Friday Night Live on July 25.  Held each Friday from 5:30-9 p.m. through August 22, Downtown’s popular community block party features a full slate of music, entertainment, food, demonstrations and family activities along the 100 and 200 blocks of East Front.

The July 25 event showcases “All That Jazz” featuring musical performers such as Archipelago Project, Big Noise and area high school jazz ensembles.  Also performing “on stage” along Front Street is the return of juggler Tommy Tropic, Izzy the Clown, face painting by Margaret Anne Slawson and caricatures by Jill Justin.


2008 Friday Night Live Schedule

  • July 25:  All that Jazz
  • August 1:  Street Sale
  • August 8:  Outdoor Adventure
  • August 15:  Art’s Alive
  • August 22:  50′s Sock Hop

For more information call the DTCA office at 231.922.2050 or visit

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