Buy Michigan Now Fest in Northville
Why not support businesses right here in southeast Michigan? Your family can Aug. 3-5, 2012 at this local event feature music, food and hometown vendors
When perusing the products of traditional fair booths, most visitors can't help but notice the small white placards hanging overhead. Under the vendors' names, punchy fonts announce business locations as far as Florida. But the Buy Michigan Now Fest, which returns to Northville for its fourth year Aug. 3-5, 2012, isn't your average summer festival. Its exhibitors are all Michigan-based.
Founded as an advocacy group, Buy Michigan Now holds its annual festival as part of a mission to rebuild a strong, vibrant economy in Michigan. Admission is free, as well as most parking. The event runs noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Closed to traffic, Main and Center streets will fill with almost 100 exhibitors offering opportunities to shop, dine and explore made-in-Michigan businesses. Popular stops include Kelly's Caramels, Great Lakes Potato Chip Co. and jerky from J. Dean's Smokehouse. Additionally, bargains spill to the sidewalks from local Northville establishments having sidewalk sales in conjunction with the festival.
Two stages offer entertainment throughout the event, including bands such as Shawn Riley and Mainstreet Soul, plus authors and cooking demonstrations. In addition to the Main Stage, a special Kids Zone plays host to magic performances, games, face painting, hands-on projects guided by Detroit Institute of Arts artists, and mascot appearances from Paws of the Detroit Tigers and Roary of the Detroit Lions.
New attractions this year include a mobile video gaming unit, located on Main Street – and, for parents looking to relax, the Toast to Michigan beer tent. Located on the library lawn on Wing Street, the Northville Chamber of Commerce will present a sampling of local brews 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information about the 2012 Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville, check out the Metro Parent listing.