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My Town Greenville: More than 80,000 expected for Danish Festival Aug. 15-17

My Town Greenville: More than 80,000 expected for Danish Festival Aug. 15-17

GREENVILLE, Mich.—An idea pitched 50 years ago that has grown into an event that attracts more than 80,000 people to Greenville returns this weekend.

The first Danish Festival took place Aug. 18, 1965.  Dorothy Oliver dreamed up the event, as a way to celebrate Greenville’s Danish heritage.  Since its debut, the Danish Festival has grown into a three-day event, featuring dancing, eating contests, live concerts, games, hot air balloon flights and fireworks.   

The 2014 Danish Festival runs now through Aug. 17 throughout Greenville.  For a schedule of events, visit the festival website here.

My Town: Gus Macker Tournament takes over Greenville

My Town: Gus Macker Tournament takes over Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.—More than 160 teams are expected to fill downtown Greenville this weekend for the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament.

The tournament runs through July 13.  Montcalm County dispatchers are encouraging drivers not attending the event to use Franklin and Clay streets to get around the hoops action.

This is the 13th year for the Greenville Gus Macker Tournament.  M-91 is transformed into a series of basketball courts for event.  Greenville is a popular site for Gus Macker partially because of its close proximity to Lowell and Belding, where the tournament gets its roots.

My Town Belding: Kari Ann & Lost Creek to take stage for free summer concert

My Town Belding: Kari Ann & Lost Creek to take stage for free summer concert

BELDING, Mich.-- Enjoy music and free popcorn when Kari Ann & Lost Creek take the stage this week for Belding's Music in the Park summer concert series.

Each seasonal performance takes place on Thursdays, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Riverside Park.  The rest of this year's lineup is as follows:

My Town: Hundreds of riders begin six-day journey across Michigan

My Town: Hundreds of riders begin six-day journey across Michigan

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to fill Michigan’s roads and schools starting this weekend as part of the Pedal Across Lower Michigan bicycle tour.

The six-day journey starts Saturday, June 21 and  takes riders down scenic backgrounds and through small cities, towns and villages.  Each participant will travel 35 to 65 miles per day and then spend the night at a school. The tour will take riders from Holland to Lexington.  On June 23, more than 700 riders will be riding through Greenville and staying at Greenville High School. 

For a link to more information, visit PALM’s website here.

My Town Greenville: Montcalm County 4H Fair returns with new event

My Town Greenville: Montcalm County 4H Fair returns with new event

GREENVILLE, Mich.— The Montcalm County 4H Fair will return next week with even more events.

Organizers have added a motorcross series for Wednesday, June 25.  This year’s fair will also include tractor pulls, livestock auctions, a demolition derby, carnival rides and animal showing events.

The Montcalm County 4H Fair runs June 22-28 at the Montcalm County Fairgrounds, located at 8784 Peck Road in Greenville.  For additional information, visit the event website here.

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town Greenville: Gus Macker registration open

My Town Greenville: Gus Macker registration open

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Registration is now open for the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament.

This year’s tournament will take place July 12 and 13 in downtown Greenville.  Registration packets are available at the Greenville Recreation Department, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and Macker Headquarters in Belding.  Teams can also register online at www.macker.com. The deadline to mail in registration is June 20; online registrations should be submitted by June 23. 

For additional information, call Macker Headquarters at (616) 794-1445 or visit the event website.