Hartford Strawberry Festival – June 7 & 8, promises great family fun in Ely Park
By Annette Christie Organizers of the Hartford Strawberry Festival have another fun-filled event planned for visitors come June 7 & 8, 2019. Most activities are being held at Ely Park right in the heart of downtown Hartford. Activities will kick off at noon on June 7 with vendors of food and favorites. Rides presented by Vertical Edge Entertainment will start at 4:00 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m. The kiddie parade will be at 6:00 p.m., heading from Red Arrow Elementary down Main Street. Royalty will be selected at 6:45 p.m., followed by a magic show at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 8, the pancake breakfast at the Hartford High School cafeteria will start things off, beginning at 7:00 a.m. The Strawberry Run will also start at the Hartford High School with the 1-mile fun run at 8:00 a.m. followed by the 5K run/walk and 10k run at 8:30. Rides, food and favorite vendors will continue from 10 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. A sidewalk chalk art contest is being hosted by the Hartford Public Library at 10:00 a.m. A Cardio Drumming exhibition will be held at 11:00 a.m. followed by a bean bag tournament, being hosted by the American Legion, at noon. The Strawberry Parade will be held at 1:00 p.m. down Main Street. Other highlights of Saturday afternoon are pony rides and a petting zoo, bed races, pie eating contest, and a Hoola Hoop contest. The finale of the event will be the Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band concert from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Information and the full calendar of events can be found at the Hartford Strawberry Facebook page or through the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce. Specific contact information for certain events is as follows: Kiddie Parade and Strawberry Parade entry forms should be completed and returned by June 2 to the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce. Kiddie Parade contact is Crystal Cowgill (269) 449-6237. Strawberry Parade contact is Patty Schroeder (269) 621-3408. Festival Royalty – Strawberry Prince and Princess, Strawberry Shortcakes, and Sweetest Strawberry candidates can be voted on at Harding’s Market in Hartford. One penny equals one vote. Voters may also do so online at https://form.jotform.com/91375218717159. The Hartford Lions Club 5K Walk/Run and 10K run sign-ups are taking place by visiting https://tinyurl.com/hartfordstrawberry2019. Online registration through June 5 is $25; for more information contact Kim Sinclair (269) 757-2541. Arts & crafts, food, and non-profit and commercial vendors – may pick up applications at the Hartford Public Library.
Viticulture (grapes) Field Day slated for June 13
Michigan State University’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Grape Society, and with additional sponsorship provided by Lake Michigan College Wine and Viticulture Technology Program and Certis USA will host the 2019 Viticulture Field Day on Thursday, June 13. The event will be held at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, SWMREC, 1791 Hillandale Road in Benton Harbor. Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. For further information, please call 269-944-1477 ext. 201. For more information on MSU research center, visit http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/centers. This year’s Viticulture Field Day is filled with talks from world-renowned researchers such as Dr. Richard Smart, Dr. Wayne Wilcox and MSU’s very own, Dr. Paolo Sabbatini. Some of the new faces at MSU include Timothy and Laura Miles and Thomas Todaro, as well as other great researchers at MSU working hard to provide us with the most current and relevant viticulture research. Some of the workshop topics will include: grave vine trunk diseases, biopesticides, methods of vineyard recovery following severe cold damage in wine grapes, as well as several other interesting and relevant topics. There will also be a trade show which will showcase some of the newest and best precision viticulture equipment. The day will continue with the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Showcase, as well as a steak cookout for dinner. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling 269-944-1477 ext. 201, by June 4, to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be met when possible. Online registration is available at https://2019viticulturefielddays.simpletix.com/. Contact Renee Tinkey at 269-944-1477 ext. 201 to receive registration form by mail. The $75.00/person early bird registration deadline is May 24. After May 24, registration will be $90.00/person and at the door. Special lodging rates are available at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1300 Cinema Way in Benton Harbor; ph: 926-5000, website: www.hilton.com/en/hilton-garden-inn). Please mention “Michigan Grape Society” when calling to reserve a room or go online and enter “MGS” in the group code box when making a reservation to receive a reduced rate. Keep up to date on any changes by following the Michigan Grape Society on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ MichiganGrapeSociety/.