From the Desk of the Main Street Program Director
A great day to come downtown for family fun
by Rae Gosling, Grayling Main Street Program Director
As you may recall last week I told you about our most recent community event and fundraiser, the Paddle Battle. This week I will continue the events conversation and focus on some upcoming projects. We have several exciting programs coming next month.
This year Grayling Main Street (GMSt) has partnered with River House and the Grayling Promotional Association (GPA) to spread the word about four events, all happening on the same day in and near Downtown Grayling. October 7 will be a great day to come downtown for fun with the family.
The day starts off with River House’s annual Zombie 5K Run/Walk. This year they are starting the race in Downtown Grayling. We are so delighted to see this event kicking off in downtown. Following the Zombie 5K start, the Grayling Farmer’s Market will be setting up shop, along with other makers and providers, on the 200 block of Michigan Avenue for the 10th Annual Harvest Fest. One block up you will find a Tractor Show and kids activities.
This long-standing festival was developed by the Farmer’s Market, then passed to GMSt a few years ago. Since then, we have continued to honor the legacy of the creators and make downtown a fun place to kick off fall. You can shop for fresh produce, artisan crafted products, and delicious treats from our vendors. You can also check out the tractor show, ride a pony, pets some animals, and bounce in an inflatable. As is tradition, you can bring the kids over to the GMSt tent to paint a pumpkin and decorate a cookie free of charge. Last year’s wildly popular trebuchet will be returning, and we are looking forward to adding a catapult or two to toss some pumpkins across the Huntington lawn again. Additionally, this year we are adding a new element to the festivities, a Bake Off. We will offer patrons an opportunity to bid on the entries in a silent auction, as well as present ribbons to the winners.
Throughout the Harvest Fest in Downtown Grayling you can catch a ride to GPA’s Annual Fall Craft Show on a hay filled trailer pulled by a tractor. GPA has been an incredible advocate and supporter of GMSt and we are happy to be partnering with them, again, during this event.
Following the Harvest Fest, we will have our fourth and final event for the day, the Second Annual Funky Fish Races. This entertaining event is a fundraiser for GMSt. Local businesses and organizations decorate their fish as funky as they can, and we race them down Michigan Avenue, six at a time, by rolling a pair of dice. Throughout the event you can enjoy a Michigan crafted beer, bet on the races, enjoy some music, and the kids can make their own little funky fish. This is a great opportunity to catch up with friends in a casual setting, help raise some money for a local program, and enjoy our beautiful downtown.
If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for any of these events please feel free to email, call, or message us on Facebook. We would love to talk to you about the opportunities available. We look forward to seeing you downtown on October 7!
Want to know more about GMSt and what is going on in Downtown Grayling? Check back in future editions of the Avalanche for more From the Main Street Director’s Desk. You can also check out our website, www.DowntownGrayling.com, find us on Facebook, or email your questions to DowntownGrayling@gmail.com.
Rae Gosling is the Program Director for Grayling Main Street. She has been with GMSt since April 2016. She is a Grayling resident, wife, mother, local shopper, avid supporter of all things Grayling, and keeps everyone on their toes wondering what color her hair will be next.