Richmond Good Old Days Festival

One of Michigan's famed small town fairs celebrates 53 years on Sept. 8-11, 2016, in downtown Richmond.


The Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival is back again Sept. 8-11, 2016, and it promises to live up to their reputation.

At the festival, which always falls the weekend after Labor Day, families will find great midway rides, exciting events and the largest marching musical parade in Michigan.


The midway opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, and following that is the Classic Car Parade and Cruise at 6 p.m. on Main Street. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. at Beebe Street Park, including the Little Miss Richmond contest at 7:15 p.m. See which kindergarten or first-grade girls will be representing their home town for the 2016-17 school year.

Friday, the merchant and vendor sales begin at 1 p.m. all around Beebe Street Park, and the Richmond Historic Village will also be open. Find strawberry shortcakes and fall mums for sale.

At 6:30 p.m. on Main Street, watch the Outrageous Outhouse. Then at 7 p.m. will be the Figure “8” Derby.

Saturday the merchant and vendor sales continue all day, and the singles horseshoe tournament, which costs $5 for registration, begins at 10 a.m.

Then at 11 a.m., the Children’s Parade will head down Main Street, followed by the Pingpong Ball Blowout, where children 10 and under can collect the pingpong balls released onto Main Street, which can be redeemed for prizes all over town.

Children 12 and under can participate in the games at the park 12:45-2 p.m. for free, as well as the sidewalk chalk art contest at the same time. Throughout the day, find a petting zoo, corn hole tournament, fire department waterball contest and so much more. End the day with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the vendors are back and there’s a Classic and Antique Car Show at 10 a.m. There’s also a Strawberry Shortcake Social from noon to dusk. Sunday’s highlight is The Great Michigan Parade, beginning at 1:30 p.m., and it will be full of marching bands, dancers and plenty of candy for kids to collect. The fest has been recognized in the past for having Michigan’s best small town parade, according to organizers.

And most of these events are free (it doesn’t get much better than that!), but midway wristbands and other activities do cost a fee. Hours for the midway are as follows:

  • Thursday: 5-10 p.m.
  • Friday: 4-11 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon-11 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1-9 p.m.

Looking for more details on the 2016 Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival? Check out the listing in the Metro Parent calendar.


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