Parade Fall Festivals Near Scottville, Michigan

by Robin Reichert
The Scottville community enjoys celebrating the fall season.

The Scottville community enjoys celebrating the fall season.

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Scottville, Michigan was founded in 1874 and is located in Mason County in western Michigan. It is a small rural community of around 1,200 located 10 miles from Lake Michigan. Boating and fishing are popular activities. Deer, wild turkey and small game, such as rabbits, attract hunters to the area. It is the home of the Scottville Clown Band, which performs at over 60 parades annually throughout the Midwest. Residents of Scottville and the neighboring towns celebrate the fall season with festivals and parades.

Harvest Festival Kids Parade

The Harvest Festival features many events during the mid-September celebration, including a parade just for kids. Kids dress in costumes and create floats on wheels for the parade, which takes place on Friday evening starting at State Street. Kids aged 12 and younger, as well as their pets and other animals, are welcome to take part in the parade. Prizes are awarded for floats and costumes. Every kid gets a certificate to commemorate participation in the parade.

Harvest Festival Grand Parade

While the Grand Parade features the famous Scottville Clown Band, participation in the parade is open to the public. You may devise your own float, decorate your car or utilize horses. People may sign up as individuals, as a community group or as a band. The Grand Parade begins about 1:00 pm on Saturday afternoon of the Festival celebration. Participants must receive their assigned spaces before noon and be lined up by 12:25 pm. Floats are judged in two classes--commercial/group and individual--and prizes are awarded.

Scottville Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival in Scottville, Michigan dates back 100 years. The festival takes place the second week of September and lasts five days. Besides the parades, tractor and truck pulls, vendor booths, rides, the crowning of the Festival Queen and delicious food are highlights of the festival. The Harvest Festival attracts people from around western Michigan. Other events include a quilt show, a princess contest, softball and horseshoe tournaments, charity poker games and bed races.

Halloween Spooktacular

Before Halloween, the nearby town of Pentwater holds its "Spooktacular." Kids can go trick-or-treating at downtown merchants from noon to 6:00 p.m. and events staged on the Village Green include a costume contest, face painting, pumpkin painting, a sack race, a Great Pumpkin Roll, craft activities and an egg toss. A parade is held in the afternoon, in which the public is urged to participate by making homemade floats or simply marching in a costume.

About the Author

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.

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