07-27-17 Coloma Glad Peach Festival

Coloma’s Glad-Peach Festival is coming up; festival-goers can expect some changes

By Christina Gelder

This year has been a challenging one for the Glad-Peach Board and Committee. It is the 50th year of the festival and plans to make it the best year yet have been underway for many months. Some changes have come about though. Regulars to the festival may need a little help finding things this year.

First of all, the carnival is back to being a full carnival with larger rides and more food options. It will be moved to the parking lot off of W. Logan Street, behind The Friendly Tavern. There will still be smaller rides for younger children on Badt Drive this year as well. Bounce houses and food vendors will be stationed behind Edgewater Bank.

The showcase stage will be right on Paw Paw Street this year, across from Family Dollar. There will be several fun shows there, including The Undertakers on Saturday night. They will be playing instead of the acts listed in the brochure.

As always, in addition to the published events list there are other fun opportunities around town. Easy Street Inn will be hosting their beer tent this year. The American Legion will also be hosting their Glad-Peach party on Friday and Saturday nights with a steak fry on Saturday.

Sunday’s Community Worship Service on the main stage has a special speaker lined up. Dave McIntrye, a former missionary and winner of the History Channel’s Alone series. There will also be music from The Freshwater Band, Ron Van Lente and the Sonlights.

Brochures with a complete schedule and locations can be found around town. Anyone interested in joining the youth parade or Saturday’s festival parade can find information and applications at the Coloma City Hall.

Glad Peach Schedule

Thursday, August 3 4:00 pm Carnival opens Thursday night is Dollar Night @ Badt Drive Colby Event Inflatables behind Edgewater Bank

Friday, August 4 Noon Vendor/Carnival/Inflatables/Food Booths open @ Edgewater Bank, Badt Drive T-Shirt/ Information Barn open in front of Edgewater Bank

Noon- 1:00 pm Bake Fest entries accepted DW Hammond Chocolates Winners announced 7:30 pm near Leonard Main Stage

4:00 pm- 8:00 pm North Berrien Historical Museum @ Baker Park

6:15 pm Opening 2017 Glad-Peach Festival Leonard Main Stage

6:45 pm Coronation of Prince & Princess Leonard Main Stage

7:00 pm Glad–Peach Festival Youth Parade Winners announced at 7:45 pm Leonard Main Stage

7:30 pm- 8:45 pm OLA Alternative Rock Showcase Stage

8:00 pm- 9:00 pm Square Dance Demonstration with Ken Burke, caller in front of Loma Theater

8:30 pm- 11:30 pm JR Clark and the All Star Blues MOB Leonard Main Stage

9:00 pm- 11:30pm Under the Gun @ Showcase Stage

Saturday, August 5 6:00 am- 1:00 pm Pancake Breakfast @ North Berrien Fire Rescue Station

6:30 am- 8:15 am Registration for Glad-Peach Run/Walk/Bike events – signmeup.com/110068 @ Salem Lutheran Church

7:45 am Glad-Peach 5K & 10K Bike/ 10K Walk events

8:15 am “Runner’s Parade” @ Salem Lutheran Church

8:30 am Glad-Peach 5K & 10K Runs/ 5K Walk @ Salem Lutheran Church

9:45 am Glad-Peach Fun Run @ Salem Lutheran Church

10:00 am Vendor/Carnival/Inflatables/Food Booths open @ Edgewater Bank & Badt Drive T-Shirt/ Information Barn in front of Edgewater Bank