Festival FYI

Welcome to Fremont

On behalf of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce (FACC), welcome to Fremont and the 27th 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

Christina Postema……………………Membership Director

Sherry Heiss……………………………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.

Ben Blamer……………………………..Entertainment                                                                                                            Community Stage                                                                                                      Adult Shows

Jesse Wolfson………………………….Car Show

Susan Gilliland………………………..Baby Events

Judi Boes………………………………..Youth Events

Kerri Wiseman………………………..Queens Court

Julie Ward………………………………Queens Court

Cheryl Burdick…………………………Parades

Stephanie Walker…………………….Parades

Fonda Spaulding……………………..Arts and Crafts Show 

Bridgette Hintze………………………Social Media                                                                                                              Kid’s Events

Nic Cramer……………………………..Non Events

Information Booth

Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce Office

7 E. Main St. – 9 am to 5 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 2017 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.

 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 2017 Festival.

 Golf Cart Sponsors

· Flor-Dri

· Fremont Insurance Company

· Spanky’s Pizza

· Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center

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
20
Thu
Huntington Bank’s Baby Photo Contest Winners
Jul 20 @ 7:45 pm

The Baby Photo Contest winners will be introduced. Come meet the New 2016 Prince and Princess.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park Main Stage

Consumers Energy’s Lip Sync Battle
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm

Pick out your favorite song, dress up like the artist, bring props, or whatever you need for a great lip sync performance. All ages are welcome for this family friendly event. Pre-registration is required by July 14th, forms are available at the Festival Office.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park Main Stage

Karaoke Night in the Park
Jul 20 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

— Taking place right after the Lip Sync Battle!

Come on out and show your voice!!

Location: Veterans Memorial Park Main Stage

Jul
21
Fri
Bootcamp
Jul 21 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am

Join Tamarac for a high-intensity class and push your functional strength, endurance and agility to the limit with interval and circuit training.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park

Chemical Bank’s Kid’s Bike Rodeo
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am

Bring the kids, their bikes, and their helmets for FREE, hands-on bike riding activities to teach and promote bike safety. A fun event for kids 4-12 years old. Registration starts at 8:45, and all participants must wear helmets. Receive a goody bag, courtesy of Chemical Bank, and a helmet safety check from the Fremont Police Department. This event is coordinated by: Rotary, Fremont Lions Club, and Fremont Police Department.

Location: Fremont Middle School, 500 Woodrow

Friends of the Fremont Library Used Book Sale
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Fremont Public Library (Main Street at Merchant Ave.)

Merchant Sidewalk Sales
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sales and bargains throughout Downtown Fremont!

Fremont Area Community Foundation’s Kid’s Zone
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: The White Insurance Agency Community Stage

Gerber Federal Credit Union Rock ‘n Rest
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

Location: On the East End of Main Street in Fremont City Hall

NBFF Open Pinball Tournament
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Qualifying for the Pro, Novice, Senior’s, Women’s, Classics, Kid’s divisions and Free Daily Tournament. $1 per game. Proceeds go to Tracy’s Gang from Fremont/MS Society of Michigan and the Meijer State Games of Michigan.

Location: One East Main Banquet Room

Bellwether Harbor
Jul 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

A presentation by Bellwether Harbor on “How to safely approach a stranger’s dog, safety around strays, and the do’s and don’ts when interacting with pets.”

Location: The White Insurance Agency Community Stage

Gerber Life Insurance Company
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gerber Life, a Nestlé Company, is with you every step of the way, for over 45 years Gerber Life has provided affordable insurance protection to more than 1 million families in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Stop by their booth and speak with a caring, licensed representative. They are happy to answer questions about the Grow-up Plan for children, or their insurance plans for adults.

Location: On the corner of Main Street and Division

Gerber Products Company
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Start healthy with Gerber, a Nestlé Company, with over 85 years of helping parents raise happy, healthy babies. Stop by their booth and talk to representatives from the Gerber Parents Resource Center. They are happy to answer your questions on feeding and caring for your baby.

Midway Opens
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Hula Hoop Contest
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm

Kids ages 6-10 & 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. No pre-registration required.

Location: The White Insurance Agency Community Stage

Pop – Ring Toss
Jul 21 @ 2:00 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.

Location: The White Insurance Agency Community Stage

Mat Emerick
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mat Emerick engages the audience with a gift for comedy, mimicry and silent acting reminiscent of great mimes and physical comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Red Skelton. Mat gives a comedic mime/juggling/storytelling show that will both excite and amuse an audience of any age.

Location: The White Insurance Agency Community Stage

Paulsen Heating & Cooling Dunk Tank
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Test your throwing arm and raise money to support Fremont Public Schools Suicide Prevention, and Anti-Bullying Programs.

Location: West end of downtown Main Street by Fifth Third Bank

Midway Opens
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Pay One Price, Ride all night! All you can ride for $20.

Queen’s Court Crowning Sponsored by Shelby State Bank
Jul 21 @ 6:45 pm

Don’t miss the chance to see the 2017 National Baby Food Festival Queen crowned, as she is chosen from a group of three impressive young ladies on the court.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park Main Stage

Big Cadillac Band
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This band covers 6 decades of music, from the 1950’s to present, Classic Rock, Country, and Blues. Be sure to stop by the Main Stage and check them out.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park Main Stage

NBFF Pinball Tournament
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm

Playoffs begin for the Free Daily Tournament.

Location: One East Main Banquet Room

Jul
22
Sat
Fremont Farmer’s Market
Jul 22 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Don’t miss the Farmer’s Market where you’ll find fresh produce, flowers, honey, baked goods, and crafts from nature.

Location: On east end of Main Street

Chris Cook Memorial 5K & 10 Miler
Jul 22 @ 8:30 am

Both courses start and finish at Fremont High School, 5421 S. Warner. The 5K takes you past Fremont Lake Park, while the 10 Miler tours around Fremont Lake.

Location: Fremont High School

Merchant Sidewalk Sales
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sales and bargains throughout Fremont!

NBFF Open Pinball Tournament
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Qualifying for the Pro, Novice, Seniors, Women’s, Kid’s divisions and Free Daily Tournament. $1 per game. Classics qualifying ends at 12:45 pm. Proceeds go to Tracy’s Gang from Fremont/MS Society of Michigan and the Meijer State Games of Michigan.

Location: One East Main Banquet Room

Downtown Dash Kid’s Fun Run
Jul 22 @ 9:30 am

Cool t-shirt and participation gift will be available to all participants who pre-register. Trophies are awarded to the first three finishers in each of the four age groups. This race is for kids 12 and under, and it is a 1/2 mile fun run/ walk. Registration forms are available at the Festival Office. And don’t forget to stay for the Grand Parade following the race.

Location: On Sheridan St. across from the Fremont Area District Library

Excellence in Vision’s Chalkin’ in the Streets
Jul 22 @ 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.

Gerber Federal Credit Union Rock ‘n Rest
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

Location: On the East End of Main St. in Fremont City Hall

The Gerber Products Company Grand Parade
Jul 22 @ 10:30 am

This years parade theme is “Fun & Games” and will feature nearly 100 entries including the newly crowned 2017 NBFF Queen and her Court, floats, marching bands, color guards, entertainers, clowns, and much more!

The parade begins at the corner of Pine Street and Gerber Ave. at Fremont Middle School, then heads north on Gerber Ave. to Sheridan St., and continues east on Sheridan St. to Merchant, south on Merchant St. to Maple St., and west on Maple St. ending at Mechanic and Maple Street.

Let the Good Times Roll!
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for the NBFF Car Show featuring 20 different classes of classic cars, merchandise vendors, entertainment, and more! Registration begins at 8am.

Sponsored by: Clarks Auto Body, Auto Value, Tanis Service, Tire Wholesalers Plus, Jerry’s Towing, American Truck Accessories/ Bruce’s Glass Shop, Miles Automotive, Green Acres, Sonus Hearing Care, and Michigan Produce Haulers.

Registration begins at 8am.

New Location: Fremont Community Recreation Center, South Parking Lots on Maple Street.

Midway Opens
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pay-One-Price. All you can ride, $20.

Gerber Life Insurance Company
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gerber Life, a Nestlé Company, is with you every step of the way, for over 45 years Gerber Life has provided affordable insurance protection to more than 1 million families in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Stop by their booth and speak with a caring, licensed representative. They are happy to answer questions about the Grow-up Plan for children, or their insurance plans for adults.

Location: Corner of Main Street and Division

Gerber Products Company
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Start healthy with Gerber, a Nestlé Company, with over 85 years of helping parents raise happy, healthy babies. Stop by their booth and talk to representatives from the Gerber Parents Resource Center. hey are happy to answer your questions on feeding and caring for your baby.

Paulsen Heating & Cooling 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm

Join the FUN! Teams of four in various age divisions will compete to be NBFF Champs and raise money to support Fremont Public Schools Fremont Public Schools Suicide Prevention, and Anti-Bullying Programs

Location: Fremont Community Recreation Center

Gerber Life Insurance Baby Crawl
Jul 22 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Presented by Gerber Life Insurance. “We’re with you every step of the way,” The motto for Gerber Life Insurance Company is the background for this popular event. Several heats are run where every baby is a winner! Registration at 11:30am.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater

NBFF Open Pinball Tournament
Jul 22 @ 1:00 pm

Classics playoffs begin.

Location: One East Main Banquet Room

Gerber’s 90th Birthday Party in the Park
Jul 22 @ 1:15 pm

You’re invited! Join Gerber’s CEO and special guests for Gerber’s 90th Birthday Celebration! Come take your picture at the photo booth, enjoy a birthday treat, and a presentation in the park!

Location: Veterans Memorial Park

Queen’s Court Autograph Signing
Jul 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Stop by the Community Stage at Main and Division to get the autograph of the 2016 NBFF Queen and her Court.

Location: The White Insurance Agency Community Stage

Dennis “Doc” Hult
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The entire family will enjoy songs from the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s expertly played on 6 & 12 string guitars and a 5 string banjo. Dennis ‘Doc’ Hult’s repertoire not only includes rockabilly, folk, country & bluegrass, but also show tunes, children’s songs, tongue twisters, and novelty songs.

Location: The White Insurance Agency Community Stage

Landheer Insurance Agency’s ‘Gerber Baby Food’ Cupcake Challenge
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Time to get creative with your favorite cupcake recipe for the NBFF Cupcake Challenge. All entries must contain Gerber Baby Food as an ingredient, and will be judged on taste, texture, decorations / presentation of your one dozen (12) cupcakes. Public cupcake tasting from 2:30-3, with the winner announced at 3:30. Entry forms available at the Festival Office.

Location: The White Insurance Agency Community Stage

Paulsen Heating & Cooling – Dunk Tank
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Test your throwing arm and raise money to support Fremont Public Schools Suicide Prevention, and Anti-Bullying Programs.

Location: West end of downtown Main Street by Fifth Third Bank

NBFF Open Pinball Tournament
Jul 22 @ 2:30 pm

Playoffs begin for the Pro and Novice Divisions.

Location: One East Main Banquet Room 

NBFF Open Pinball Tournament
Jul 22 @ 2:30 pm

Medal ceremony for Kid’s, Women’s, and Senior Divisions.

Location: One East Main Banquet Room

NCSECU Jr. Baby Food Eating Contest
Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm

Baby food eating is one of the signature events of the Festival. The contest is open to 7-12 year olds and a Jr. division for 13-15 year olds. They will compete in pairs while the “feeders” are blind folded, and the “eaters” must keep their hands behind their back. Winners must have consumed more than what is left on the table and their chins.

Location: The White Insurance Agency Community Stage

Pie Eating Contest
Jul 22 @ 4:30 pm

For Children ages 6-14 divided into three age groups trying to eat a blueberry pie in the fastest time without silverware or hands of course! Pre-register from 3:30 – 3:45pm.

Location: The White Insurance Agency Community Stage

Midway Opens
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Pay One Price, Ride all night! All you can ride for $20.

Crossing Bard
Jul 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Crossing Bard is an eclectic mix of rock and pop. Together for 9 years under varying lineups, Crossing Bard’s sound has evolved over time into something with too many influences to list. The band plans to record an EP later this year.

The Journey Tribute Band
Jul 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Traverse City brings you one of music’s hottest rock bands in perfect tribute form; “The Journey Tribute” is thrilling and entertaining audiences all over the world. Let this band of extremely talented musicians take you on a “journey” of some of rock’s most enduring classics, including Faithfully, Stone in Love, Who’s Cryin’ Now, Wheel in the Sky, Don’t Stop Believin’ and many more. Be prepared for a high energy show with that great concert feeling when these musicians recreate the sound of arguably one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Brought to you by: Gerber Products Company, Gerber Life Insurance Company, Fremont Insurance Company, Great Lakes Signature Properties, Airway Oxygen, Bill’s Shop N Save, Nieboer Electric, Spanky’s Pizza, and Family Fitness at the REC.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park

Jul
23
Sun
Worship Service in the Park
Jul 23 @ 7:00 am

Join us for an exciting evening of worship led by Local worship leaders Joel Phillips and Pete Slovinski. This event is brought to you by CureUs Ministry of Newaygo County and First Priority of Muskegon. A love offering will be collected during the service to aid in bringing future events to our community. All Churches and Community Members are welcome to attend.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater