08-03-2017 Coloma is the place to be this weekend for the 50th Anniversary of the Glad-Peach Fest; G

Coloma is the place to be this weekend for the 50th Anniversary of the Glad-Peach Festival

By Christina Gelder

It has finally arrived; this weekend will be the 50th Glad-Peach Festival in Coloma and all of the hard work of the volunteers will come to fruition. There will be official festival events as well as other opportunities around town for good food and good times.

After several years of having a reduced carnival the festival will be back to a full carnival this year with rides and food offerings. The larger carnival will be stationed off of Logan Street behind The Friendly Tavern. They will open up on Thursday night, August 3 for the traditional dollar night at 4:00 p.m. There will be smaller rides for younger children on Badt Drive and inflatable fun behind Edgewater Bank.

Friday, August 4 is the official start of the festival. The vendors, carnival and food booths will all open up at noon. The bake fest will also be judged on Friday afternoon at D.W. Hammond Chocolates, winners announced at 7:30 p.m. The opening ceremony will draw a crowd at 6:15 p.m. on the Leonard Main Stage in Baker Park. During the ceremony, the coronation of the Glad-Peach Prince and Princess will take place.

The youth parade will follow at 7:00 p.m. Area children are invited to walk, bike, or build a float and strut their stuff through downtown. Winners will be announced at the Main Stage following the parade. The evening wraps up with musical groups on the Main Stage and the Showcase Stage (located across from Family Dollar). Square dancing, always a crowd favorite, will be in front of the Loma Theater at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 5 is scheduled to start early with one of the area’s largest walk, run and bike events. The 5K and 10K bike and 10K walk races will start at 7:45 a.m. from Salem Lutheran Church and the 5K and 10K run and 5K walk will start at 8:30 a.m. A fun run is also scheduled for little ones at 9:45 a.m.

Downtown will come alive at 10:00 a.m. with the opening of the carnival, vendor booths and food vendors. Coloma Public Library will be hosting their annual book sale. In Laura Baker Park families can enjoy the Family Art Fair from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. After the parade, the art fair will only have tie dye available until 4:00 p.m.

At 1:00 p.m. be ready for a fantastic show as the 50th Annual Glad-Peach Festival Parade rolls through town. The parade will begin near the BP station on the south end of downtown and end up at the Coloma fire station. There will be a few tractors parked downtown after the parade for visitors to look at and enjoy. Also following the parade are the Chalk the Street and Peach Pit Spit contests. These events are free to participants of all ages. Coloma’s Got Talent, new this year, will take place at 4:00 p.m. Organizer Nancy Perry is excited about the acts she has lined up for that.

For festival goers looking for a different supper option the Coloma American Legion will be hosting a steak fry as a fund-raiser for the Sons of the American Legion from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Easy Street Inn will also have a beer tent behind the restaurant open on Friday and Saturday nights. Throughout the evening there will once again be musical entertainment on both stages as the wait begins for the Peach-Tac-U-Lar Aerial Fireworks Show. The fireworks are shot off from downtown and are scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m.

Sunday is the final day of the festivities in Coloma as the 50th Glad-Peach Festival wraps up. The North Berrien Fire Rescue Department will host a pancake breakfast from 6:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (they will also be open on Saturday morning). The car show runs from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. This is a car show only, not a motorcycle show as in years past.

One more time the vendors and carnival are all slated to open at 10:00 a.m. There will be a Kid’s Fun Fair between Baker and Laura Baker parks featuring Curious Kid’s Museum and Celebration Cinema followed by a John Dudley Magic Show.

The Leonard Main Stage will host a Community Worship Service. Several local churches will band together for a time of music and special speaker Dave McIntyre. McIntyre was the winner of History Channel’s series Alone and is a former missionary. The final scheduled event of the weekend is the Kid’s Tractor Pull in front of John’s Glass. Registration will be at 12:30 p.m. and the pull starts at 1:00 p.m.

For additional information, check out colomapeachfest.com.

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