‘Farm Fun Days’ in Walkerville this weekend.

July 31, 2018

‘Farm Fun Days’ in Walkerville this weekend.

#WalkervilleThrives

WALKERVILLE — Enjoy the new festival, Farm Fun Days, this weekend Aug. 4 and 5 to celebrate the farming heritage of the area.

Saturday’s events will include games for the kids, a silent auction, open house at the Pioneer Museum, a community market, music, and a parade.

A tractor show along main street will kick off the day at 10 a.m. Be sure to enter your children in the Cardboard Tractor, Truck, or Car Show so they can ‘drive’ in the parade at 1 p.m. At 8:30 a.m., there is a baseball game, so bring your mitt and join the action.

On Sunday from 10-11:30 a.m., join area churches in an open air worship to honor our military and veterans.

If you would like to join the parade, bring your entry to the Walkerville Wesleyan Church between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to register. To enter in the tractor or car shows, show up on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Main Street. For your kids to enter the Cardboard Box show, have them get bring their vehicles to the Walkerville Wesleyan Church by noon.

Farm Fun Days dedicates ‘Walking the Ville,’ a new program that places emphasis on increasing physical activity. It will be showcased Saturday. Brochures that map out four existing walking routes will be available.

An engraved bench made from recycled plastic will be placed along the street at the Pioneer House Museum to act as both the start and end location for the walking routes.

Moderate activities start at 10 a.m. and include taking a stroll to visit car and tractor shows, stopping at the park for carnival-style games for kids, and touring the Pioneer House Museum where a silent auction takes place. More steps can be added while wandering through the craft and produce market or visiting the fire station.

Dancing with the Melody Mates square dance club at 11 a.m. or after the parade to the music of Yesterday’s Wine offers more moderate exercise.

As part of the kick-off for Walking the Ville, Lakeside Rehab and District Health Department #10 will host some fun physical activities that offer a prize giveaway. Activities on the more athletc side include softball for ages 18 and up starting at 9 a.m. at the school baseball field; Gaga Ball, a game like dodge ball, will be set up all day at the park; and a free throw contest at 2 p.m.

“Living a more active lifestyle isn’t difficult with encouragement from programs like Walking the Ville. When people start thinking about fun ways to increase physical activity, such as taking advantage of the many area festivals, they are more likely to make positive lifestyle changes. While planning this environmentally-friendly festival, we wanted to add an element to Farm Fun Days that emphasized healthy living,” said organizer Emma Kirwin.

Walking the Ville is sponsored by Lakeside Rehab, Northwest Michigan Chronic Disease Prevention, Healthy Families of Oceana County and Walkerville Thrives.

For event details and entry forms, visit and follow the “Walkerville Thrives” Facebook page.

 

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