Festival Committee

Welcome to Fremont

On behalf of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce (FACC), welcome to Fremont and the 28th Annual National Baby Food Festival! Our Festival is made possible with the help and support of many local businesses, organizations, volunteers, and the City of Fremont. Enjoy our city’s unique stores and restaurants while visiting. Thank you for coming to Fremont!

Chamber Staff Members

Karen Baird – Executive Director

Annmarie Sinicki – Co-NBFF Coordinator

Sydney Baird – Co-NBFF Coordinator 

The FACC Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank the volunteer NBFF Committee Members for their dedication and hard work throughout the year to make the Festival a success and fun for everyone.

Shari Paulsen – Festival Chairperson

Ben Blamer – Entertainment (Main Stage) Chair

Christian Eglinton – Entertainment (Community Stage) Chair

Al Baird – Car Show Chair

Susan Gilliland – Baby Events Chair

Sydney Baird – Queen’s Court Chair

Lou Ann Dorgan – Parades Chair

Nic Cramer – Non-Events Chair

Jarod Bush – Non-Events Co-Chair

Zoe Harmon – Adult Events Chair

Melissa Walker, Patti Carpenter, Mark Kraus – Farm and Flea Chair

Ginny Thompson – Kid’s Events Chair

Susan Stariha-Youth Events Chair 

Tom Twigg – Chamber Crew Chair

Grace Walker – Social Media Chair

Information Booth

Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce Office

7 E. Main St. – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday – Friday

          

Festival FYI 

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial 1st Baby Born:

One lucky baby will be born at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Family Birth Center during the week of Festival. The family whose new addition arrives on or after our “top secret” chosen date and time, will be crowned 2018 NBFF 1st Baby Born and will be presented with over $750.00 worth of amazing prizes just for being born!

Blue Announcement Boards:

Watch the announcement boards for daily events and up to date information. Announcement boards are sponsored by Lakeshore Signs.

Locations:

• The corner of Merchant & Main

• The corner of Mechanic & Main

• The corner of Division & Main

• Veterans Memorial Park, Main Stage Area

• Kids Zone

 PA Announcements:

Listen Wednesday thru Saturday, four times per day, at approximately 8:30 am, 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm. The announcements will be broadcast over an expanded PA system in the downtown area. These announcements bring special attention to area businesses, activities, and events.

Sponsored by Fremont Area Community Foundation

 NBFF Golf Carts:

Be sure to watch for golf carts being driven around Downtown during the Festival. The drivers will be able to provide you with information and directions relating to the 2018 Festival.

 Golf Cart Sponsors

· Flor-Dri

· Fremont Insurance Company

· Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center

·Compass Credit Union

·The Harrington Inn

-Newaygo Firearm Training Center and Range 

-Fremont Area Community Foundation 

-Waters Edge Golf Club

-Newaygo County Democratic Party 

The White Insurance Agency’s Community Stage:             

Stop by and join us for great entertainment and kid’s events at Main & Division.

 Kohley’s Water Misting Stations

You are sure to enjoy cooling off at one of our NBFF Cool Zone misting stations located on Main Street!

Jul
19
Thu
Farm and Flea Market @ Main Street
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us Thursday July 19th and Friday July 20th from 9am to 4pm for our Farm and Flea Market. This new event will feature flea market vendors as well as farmers market vendors.

Sponsored by Great Lakes Signature Properties, LLC and Powell Labs, Inc.

Application 

Friends of the Fremont Library Used Book Sale @ Fremont Public Library
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Merchant Sidewalk Sales
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sales and bargains throughout Fremont!

NBFF Special Kid’s Day @ Veterans Memorial Park
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The park and Midway are closed to the public on Thursday, July 19 from 9am – 1pm to allow special needs children with a disability or debilitating illness to enjoy the carnival at their own pace. Activities include entertainment, games, carnival rides, and lunch. To sign up, call the Fremont Area Chamber Office.

–Registration is from 9am to 9:30am–

-Rides from 10-11-

-Entertainment from 11-12-

-Lunch at 12-

Sponsored by Air-Caire

Gerber Federal Credit Union Rock and Rest @ City Hall
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A cool, quiet place to feed, change, and rest with your baby.

Sponsored by Gerber Federal Credit Union

Kids Zone @ The White Agency Community Stage
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Stop by to make a souvenir craft, and fun and games.

Sponsored by Dura Automotive, Nieboer Electricc, Inc, and the Gorsky Family.

Midway Opens
Jul 19 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Ten rides for just $10.

NBFF Open Pinball Tournament @ The Fremont Moose Lodge
Jul 19 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are back for another year… but with a new venue! The new venue is the Fremont Moose Lodge. This year we are an official Meijer State Games event. Our divisions will include Pro, Novice (750 WPPR cutoff), Classics, Womens, Seniors, Kids 6 and under, Kids 7-11, and Kids 12-16. We will also be having a free daily tournament on Thursday and Friday. There will be gold, silver and bronze medals for all divisions. $1 per game.

The Main Tournament (Pro, Novice, Womens, Seniors, and all kids divisions) will have at least 5 games. Classics will have at least 3 games. Daily will have 2 games.

Playoffs-7:00 pm. Top 8 qualify. PAPA style 3 game matches

Bubble Gum Blowing Contest @ The White Agency Community Stage
Jul 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The biggest bubble in this event wins! Contestants ages 6-10, with a Jr. Division ages 11-14. Everyone gets three tries to blow their best bubble. Gum will be provided.

Penny Scramble @ The White Agency Community Stage
Jul 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pennies and other prizes will be up for grabs in a pile of sawdust and wood chips,

For children 2-4 and 5-13.

Martyn Towers-Comedian @ The White Agency Community Stage
Jul 19 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Oh Do Kwan Martial Arts @ The White Insurance Agency Community Stage
Jul 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Baby Bib Decorating Contest @ The White Agency Community Stage
Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

To submit an entry and get a bib to fashion as you wish, stop by the Festival Office, located in the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce at 7 E. Main St. Return the bib and entry form to the Chamber Office by Wed. July 11 by 4pm.

Sponsored by Fremont Area Community Foundation

Application 

 

Midway Opens
Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Pay one price, ride all night! All you can ride for $20.

Jr. Obstacle Course @ The White Agency Community Stage
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Complete in some of the coolest obstacles around. For kid’s 4-6 years old and a Jr. division, 7-9 years old.

Team Games @ Main Street
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Teams will compete in three different events for the athletic and for the not-so-athletic at 5:30 pm on Thursday, July 20, 2018. This fun event is a great way to promote camaraderie and friendly competition among departments or between businesses.

Application

Bed Race @ Main Street
Jul 19 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

Gather a team of five people together on Thursday, July 19, 2018! One team member will ride on the bed and the other four will be the bed “pushers”. Teams will be racing against each other using identical beds, provided by the Festival. You may want to dress in costumes, or wear matching shirts. Use your imagination! You must be at least 16 years or older to participate. Helmets, knee pads, and wrist guards are highly encouraged, but not required.

Sponsored by The Gorsky Family

Application

Nieboer Electric’s Lip Sync Battle @ Veterans Memorial Park
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come join us on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at the amphitheater in Veterans Memorial Park for the ultimate Lip Sync Battle! This battle welcomes individuals of all ages. Registration is open to the first 10 teams that submit the completed form and music. Teams may range in size from 1 to 8 people. So, bring out your props and ultimate dance moves for this spectacular event!

Sponsored by Nieboer Electric

Application 

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Dunk Tank @ In front of 5/3rd Bank
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tamarac’s Pound @ Main Street
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join Tamarac for a full-body drumming workout that combines cardio, conditioning and strength training.

Sponsored by Tamarac

Huntington Bank’s Baby Photo Contest @ The White Agency Community Stage
Jul 19 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Bring in, or mail a current photo of your pride and joy to Huntington Bank – Baby Photo Contest (2 West main St) for the chance of them to become this year’s National Baby Food Festival Prince/Princess! The winners will be announced on Thursday, July 19th at 7:45pm and will get to participate in the Grand Parade on Saturday, July 22nd.

Sponsored by Huntington Bank

Application

Karaoke – Sponsored by Neiboer Electric @ Veteran's Memorial Park Main Stage
Jul 19 @ 8:15 pm

To follow photo contest

Jul
20
Fri
Tamarac’s Outdoor Bootcamp @ Tamarac's Backyard
Jul 20 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Join Tamarac for a high-intensity class and push your functional strength, endurance and agility to the limit with interval and circuit training. This class is free and you do not need to be a Tamarac member to participate.

Sponsored by Tamarac

Chemical bank’s Kid Bike Rodeo and Bike Race @ Fremont Middle School
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Bring the kids, their bikes, and their helmets for FREE, hands-on bike riding activities to teach and promote bike safety.

Sponsored by: Chemical Bank

Farm and Flea Market @ Main Street
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us Thursday July 19th and Friday July 20th from 9am to 4pm for our Farm and Flea Market. This new event will feature flea market vendors as well as farmers market vendors.

Sponsored by Great Lakes Signature Properties, LLC and Powell Labs, Inc.

Application 

Friends of the Fremont Library Used Book Sale @ Fremont Public Library
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Merchant Sidewalk Sales
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sales and bargains throughout Fremont!

Gerber Federal Credit Union Rock and Rest @ City Hall
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A cool, quiet place to feed, change, and rest with your baby.

Sponsored by Gerber Federal Credit Union

Kids Zone @ The White Agency Community Stage
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Stop by to make a souvenir craft, and fun and games.

Sponsored by Dura Automotive, Nieboer Electricc, Inc, and the Gorsky Family.

Gerber Products Company & Gerber Life Insurance Booth @ On the corner of Main and Division
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Stop by their booth and talk to representatives.

Midway Opens
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pay-one-price, all you can ride for $17.

NBFF Open Pinball Tournament @ The Fremont Moose Lodge
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

We are back for another year… but with a new venue! The new venue is the Fremont Moose Lodge. This year we are an official Meijer State Games event. Our divisions will include Pro, Novice (750 WPPR cutoff), Classics, Womens, Seniors, Kids 6 and under, Kids 7-11, and Kids 12-16. We will also be having a free daily tournament on Thursday and Friday. There will be gold, silver and bronze medals for all divisions. $1 per game.

The Main Tournament (Pro, Novice, Womens, Seniors, and all kids divisions) will have at least 5 games. Classics will have at least 3 games. Daily will have 2 games.

Playoffs

Daily-9 pm. Top 8 qualify. PAPA style 3 game matches.
Classics– 12:45 pm. Top 12 qualify. PAPA style finals. 3 game round. Top 4 get a bye. Daily games are allowed to be played in classics finals.
Main-2:30 pm. Top 16 qualify for Pro. Next 8 (not ranked top 750) make the Novice. PAPA style 3 game matches.

Hula Hoop Contest @ The White Agency Community Stage
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Kids ages 6-10 and Jr. Division for 11-14 year olds get a chance to test out their hips and see who can keep going the longest. Every child receives a prize for participating.

Pop-Ring Toss @ The White Agency Community Stage
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

It’s a test of skill to ring a 2-liter soda bottle. Every child will receive a prize just for participating. For ages 3-10 and a Jr. Division for ages 11-14. No registration is required.

Matt Emerick @ The White Insurance Agency Community Stage
Jul 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Dunk Tank @ In front of 5/3rd Bank
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Abigail Belanger @ The White Insurance Agency Community Stage
Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Midway Opens
Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Pay one price, ride all night! All you can ride for $20.

Bill Bendon-Comedian @ Veterans Memorial Park Main Stage
Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Queen’s Court Crowing @ Veterans Memorial Park
Jul 20 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Don’t miss the chance to see the 2018 National Baby Food Festival Queen crowned, as she is chosen form a group of three impressive young ladies on court.

Sponsored by: Shelby State Bank. Flowers by: Chic Flowers. Hair by Hair By Joan and Co. Crowns by Miller Bridal.

Alan Kazam @ Veterans Memorial Park Main Stage
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Caleb Hansen @ The White Insurance Agency Community Stage
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jul
21
Sat
Chris Cook Memorial Run @ Fremont High School
Jul 21 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

The race originated in 1973 and has been run
ever since. The Chris Cook Memorial became
part of the National Baby Food Festival in 1986.
Both courses start and finish at the new high
school. The 5K takes you past Fremont Lake
park, while the 10 miler tours around Fremont
Lake.

Registration Form 

Fremont Farmer’s Market @ Marketplace Pavilion
Jul 21 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Merchant Sidewalk Sales
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sales and bargains throughout Fremont!

Searching Sagittarius @ Stephen F. Wessling Observatory, 6523 W. Baseline
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chris Cook Kid’s Fun Run @ Fremont High School
Jul 21 @ 9:30 am

This race for kids 12 and under, and it is a 1/2 mile fun run/walk. Starting at Fremont High School.

Registration form 

Pick up race numbers and T-shirts between 8:00 – 9:15 am on the day of the event.  The race will begin at 9:30 am. Start to finish.

Excellence in Vision’s Chalkin’ in the Street @ Parade Route
Jul 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

People are lining the sidewalks, you can hear a band in the distance, and the streets are covered in priceless works of art created by YOU. Be along the Sheridan Street parade route before the Grand Parade and have an opportunity to “sidewalk chalk” the streets.

Sponsored by: Excellence in Vision

Gerber Federal Credit Union Rock and Rest @ City Hall
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

A cool, quiet place to feed, change, and rest with your baby.

Sponsored by Gerber Federal Credit Union

NBFF Open Pinball Tournament @ The Fremont Moose Lodge
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

We are back for another year… but with a new venue! The new venue is the Fremont Moose Lodge. This year we are an official Meijer State Games event. Our divisions will include Pro, Novice (750 WPPR cutoff), Classics, Womens, Seniors, Kids 6 and under, Kids 7-11, and Kids 12-16. We will also be having a free daily tournament on Thursday and Friday. There will be gold, silver and bronze medals for all divisions. $1 per game.

The Main Tournament (Pro, Novice, Womens, Seniors, and all kids divisions) will have at least 5 games. Classics will have at least 3 games. Daily will have 2 games.

1:30 for Classics

Awards ceremony-2pm