Families pine to relive the days they can’t forget, but for four days of play each year, they don’t have to. Salute the end of summer before the kids get buried under schoolwork with downtown Richmond’s Good Old Days Festival, Sept. 10-13, 2015, featuring a petting zoo, robotics demonstrations, classic cars, outhouse races, musical entertainment, a carnival and more.
Kick off the party Thursday with the classic car parade, the Bump ‘n’ Run Auto Cross and the Little Miss Richmond contest.
The Richmond Historic Village is open to the public Friday through Sunday. Families can tour the grounds, watch artistic demonstrations, or purchase tasty shortcake for $5.
Work off the shortcake at the carnival, open Thursday through Sunday. Wristbands are $20 and allow participants access to unlimited rides, but individual tickets are also available for purchase.
The best souvenirs can be purchased at The Doroh Art Academy, featuring paintings and drawings of Richmond and surrounding hot spots. Or bibliophiles can peruse the used-book sale at Richmond Historical Village at Bailey Park.
Saturday is dedicated to the youngest members of the family. Watch superheroes march downtown in the Children’s Main Street Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. Immediately following the parade is the Ping-Pong Blowout. Kids ages 10 and under can catch and redeem a ball for prizes at the Festival Barn.
Then, kids 12 and under can participate in games for the chance to win prizes, or take up chalk to tackle the Children’s Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest on Tiger Fruin Memorial Tyke Track. So your munchkins aren’t little Picassos? Take them to watch canines perform in the dog show or the fire department’s waterball contest.
Stay late Saturday night to see the fireworks show in Beebe Street Park (rain day is the next day) – but not too late, because early birds won’t want to miss the pancake breakfast at Masonic Lodge Sunday morning!
Celebrants need their energy to tackle the horseshoe tournaments, explore the classic and antique car show, and “The Great Michigan Parade,” full of marching bands and music.
Automobile enthusiasts may want to check out the Antique Fire Apparatus Muster on Saturday, and don’t forgo the antique and vintage snowmobile display between motor sports in the arena on Sunday (separate fees apply).
Need a break from all the excitement? Historical buildings – including the Old Schoolhouse, Log Cabin, Train Depot and Memorial Walkway – open their doors the last day for free tours.
When you just feel like dancing, follow the tunes to the festival stage and beverage tent. Musical performers are entertaining all weekend long.
Come out and see why Richmond’s Good Old Days Festival was voted “Michigan’s Best Small Town Festival” and continues to draw large crowds every year.
Hours of operation are as follows (Note: all times apply to the midway. Some events start earlier and end later.):
- Thursday: 5-10 p.m.
- Friday: 4-10 p.m.
- Saturday: noon-10 p.m.
- Sunday: 1-9 p.m.