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Celtic Festival in Sparta on Saturday, August 8th

Celtic Festival in Sparta on Saturday, August 8th

Whether you are Irish or not, Sparta, MI is the place to be on Saturday, August 8th for their Celtic Festival. The party begins at 10:45am at Rogers Park with the blessing of the Bagpipes!

The Festival will feature 5 Irish Bands, one of them being Pet in the Creel with Toby Bresnahan, five Dance Troupes, Celtic Food & Craft Vendors and a children’s area from noon until 5pm. At 9pm, Paddy’s Road takes the stage to close the festival.

Rogers Park is located at 75 N. Union St. Events will also take place at Balyeat Park, located at 208 Olmstead St.

Del Shannon Days Celebration this Week

Del Shannon Days Celebration this Week

The 25th Annual Summerfest Celebration featuring Del Shannon Days in Coopersville, MI unofficially started on Saturday, August 1st with “Quilts and their Stories” Show. There are more than 140 different quilts to view on display. Officially the festival was renamed the “Del Shannon Days” in 2014.

Antique tractors go on display at the Farm Museum on Tuesday, August 4th. Del Shannon Days officially kicks off from 4 – 8pm Wednesday, the 5th with “Kids Fest,” held at the corner of Main & Mason St.  The Teddy Bear Parade starts at 5pm. There will be plenty of different games and events for children throughout the celebration.

Friday Night, the 7th, features the Annual “Car Cruise” starting at 6pm throughout the Village ending at Keyser Manufacturing for the after-cruise party. Saturday, the 8th will feature more than 600 show cars, trucks and motorcycles. The show runs all day beginning at 7am.

Fifth Third Ballpark hosts YMCA all-star game


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- It wasn't the West Michigan Whitecaps who took the field at Fifth Third Ballpark Monday afternoon.

Instead, it was the first-ever all-star game for the YMCA inner city youth baseball and softball program.

The players are in 6th through 8th grades. The all-star game was an end-of-season celebration, said volunteer coach William Bryant.

"It gives them the feel of what the players actually go through, the same lineup, the same refreshments," said Bryant. "We're enjoying it. We're superstars tonight."

About 1,900 kids play baseball and softball in the summer program.

The all-star game was hosted by the Whitecaps Community Foundation.


Summer Festival at St. Joseph Church in Conklin, August 9th

Summer Festival at St. Joseph Church in Conklin, August 9th

It is Festival Time once again at St. Joseph’s Church in Wright Township on Sunday, August 9, 2015  from 12 Noon until 5:00pm.

A great Country Style BBQ Chicken Dinner will be served from Noon until 4:00pm. Dinner is $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children ages 5 – 12 years of age. Under 5 will eat FREE!

Along with live music, there will be games for children through teenagers, a Grand Raffle, quilt and mini raffles, craft booths, bake sale, a grocery wheel with home grown produce as prizes and a Vegas Tent.  A little bit for everyone!

St. Joseph’s Church is located at 18760  8th Ave, Conklin, MI.  Take I-96 West to the 8th Ave. Exit #25 and proceed North for 5 miles.  Ph: 616-899-2286

Reed Kamyszek competes in his First Professional 15k Race

Reed Kamyszek competes in his First Professional 15k Race

Orange alums shine at local race!

13th annual World's Largest Dog Wash at Fifth Third Ballpark


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sunday is probably the only day you can get your dog washed while checking out a West Michigan White Caps game.

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is hosting the 13th annual World's Largest Dog Wash at Fifth Third Ballpark during the Whitecaps "Dog Days" game on July 12.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features dog washes, doggy bag giveaways and a number of pet contests.

The cost is $10 per dog. That money goes to the Children's Cancer and Grief Program.

Admission to the game is not included with the dog wash, but dog wash attendees can park at the ballpark for free during the event.

Dozing Hummer driver strikes Kent Co. deputy's cruiser


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- No one was seriously hurt was hurt when a Hummer SUV collided with a Kent County Sheriff's deputy cruiser Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. at Lamoreaux Dr. and Stony Creek Ave. NW.

Authorities say the driver of the Hummer fell asleep at the wheel and struck the deputy's vehicle at a stop sign.

The deputy was taken to a hospital for a health evaluation as a precaution.