Yankee Doodle Days Parade

Everyone Loves a Parade!
June 18 at 11:00am

Downtown Grand Ledge

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33rd Annual Yankee Doodle Days!

Thursday - June 16
FREE Admittance - Tent is open to the public!
6:00pm-7:30pm  GL Area District Library presents Drummunity 
a free interactive music program.
Music in the Park - Under the Tent! Free - All Ages
7:30pm-10:30pm  The crowd pleasing country music group Brian Lorente and The Usual Suspects. This show is free to the public and is part of the Music in the Park Summer Concert Series.  
Food All Night by A&W of Grand Ledge.

Friday - June 17
5:00pm Entertainment Tent Opens for a special Happy Hour - Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Business, Networking Event hosted by the Chamber Ambassador Team. Local area businesses, area Chamber members and anyone looking to make new connections are more than welcome to join in on the fun.
7:00pm  $5 Admittance and MUST BE 21 with VALID ID to enter the tent.
8:00pm-Midnight  The popular group Life Support 
will provide the Live Music!
Food is available all night by the Grand Ledge Masons.
Saturday – June 18
8:00am  13th Annual Josh Spalsbury Memorial 5K Comet Chase  1 mile run for youth and 400m kid’s race. New this year, come show off your most patriotic look and compete for a special prize package. The first race kicks off from First United Methodist Church beginning at 8 am. The race is routed through the downtown streets.
9:00am  Support your local merchants and vendors by visiting the Farmers Market and
GL Area Retailers “Sidewalk Sales”.
10:00am Kids can make flags to wave in the parade - Ledge Craft Lane
10:00am If you are hungry, stop by the area in front of the entertainment tent area for breakfast items provided by Beagle’s Cafe.
11:00am​  Parade Downtown
12:00pm​  Pulled-Pork-A-Palooza  All-day BBQ, plus burgers/brats/dogs -GL Masons 
After the parade, stop by the Opera House Lawn and the Fire Department for Kid’s Day Festivities proudly sponsored by Walmart. There will be plenty of fun and exciting activities this year, including pony rides, Touch-A-Truck, WLNS Storm Tracker, dunk tank, carnival games and more. Ledge Craft Lane will provide Make It & Take It Crafts & Face Painting at their store location.
This year the Grand Ledge Kiwanis Club will host the toy Duck Drop at the Grand Ledge Fire Department. Duck tickets are currently available for purchase at Eaton Federal Savings Bank, any Kiwanis member or the day of the event at both Kid’s Day locations. Proceeds support scholarships for graduating Grand Ledge students.
Food will be available throughout the day from the A&W truck located at the Opera House and the Grand Ledge Masons “Pulled-Pork-A-Palooza” in the entertainment tent located on Bridge Street.
The Grand Princess Riverboat will offer rides throughout the day on the Grand River every hour beginning at noon and boarding at Island Park. Tickets are required for all cruises.

Kids Day - Opera House Lawn & GL Fire Dept.
TONS of Activities          
Pony rides                                                    
WLNS Channel 6 Storm Tracker    
Touch a Truck                                                    
Magician that includes YOU in the magic trick
Eaton Co. 4-H petting zoo                                                                   
Clowns & balloon animals
C.A.R.D.S  - drones & small planes on display.                                                  
Local police K-9 dogs                                                                           
Children carnival games                                                                     
3 Dunk Tanks with the GLFD & GLPD and GLPS Teachers & Cheerleaders
A&W hot dogs & root beer floats too! 

Capital Area Radio Drone Squadron Community Day! Kids can fly real drones at C.A.R.D.S Airfield located at 8328 Otto Road. This is a chance to explore a new hobby with the help of experienced hobbyists. Free hot dogs, soda and chips will be provided.

6:00pm​  Entertainment Tent Open. $5 Admittance and MUST BE 21 with VALID ID to enter.
Food All Night by the GL Masons
9:00pm​  Live Music by Global Village
This energetic band is a local favorite and knows how to pack the house!
10:00pm​  Fireworks Show proudly sponsored by Sundance Chevrolet and Auto-Owners!
Sunday – June 19
FREE Admittance - Open to the Public!
Noon-5:00pm Entertainment Tent Open  

The Fledge - Live Music Event!        

Yankee Doodle Days is brought to you by the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce. We would like to thank our "All-In" Sponsors: Gold Sponsor MSU Federal Credit Union and Silver Sponsor Doty Agency/Auto-Owners  
Our Fireworks Sponsors: Sundance Chevrolet and Auto-Owners.  
Our Kids Day Main Sponsor, Walmart. 
Many thanks to our other generous sponsors and all the volunteers that bring this family friendly event to our community!

Saturday June 18th!

SATURDAY - Kids Can Fly Real Drones!!
                            C.A.R.D.S. Airfield - 8328 Otto Road


13th Annual Josh Spalsbury Memorial 5K

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June 23 & 24

It's Time for "Mudge's Follies!"

It‘s “Celebrate The 70‘s!“ when “Mudge’s Follies” performs its 36th annual variety show on Thursday and Friday, June 23 & 24, 7 p.m. at the Grand Ledge High School Auditorium. “Mudge’s Follies” is a troupe of all-volunteer local musicians, singers, and dancers of all ages - 4 years old and up - in celebration of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday and our freedom.

In partnership with the Grand Ledge Public Schools, all proceeds from the show will go to “GLEAP,” the Grand Ledge Emergency Assistance Program. This worthy organization provides counseling and aid for anyone in the Grand Ledge School District who needs help with medications, housing, transportation and more. As of last year, the Follies has raised $25,800, all of which is used for their mission. At this time each year their funds have dwindled, so our donation is timely for their work.

“Celebrate The 70‘s!” features a wide variety of songs from that decade, including disco (of course), pop and rock. Musical highlights performed by jazz, tap and ballroom dancers, plus talented singers and our great band will be “I Will Survive,” “We Are Family,” “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,’ “Take It Easy,” “Superstition,” and “Blue Bayou.” On hand will be crowd favorites “The Grand Ledge Bums,” “The Yankee Doodle Tappers,” and “Take Note” barbershop quartet.

The evening ends with our traditional Fourth of July “Patriotic Finale,” a musical celebration of our freedom, patriotic songs and a tribute to all of our veterans with their service songs, ending with “God Bless America.”

Beginning in 1980, the variety show was performed outdoors on the city’s Second Island for 20 years during “Yankee Doodle Days.” “Mudge’s Follies” is named after a 3-story round building erected at the east end of the Island in the late 1800s by entrepreneur J.S. Mudge during Grand Ledge’s resort age. It was damaged by an icy flood in 1893 during its final stage of construction when the mechanical devices for the planned revolving tower were destroyed. The unique building remained until the 1920s, but was thereafter known, in local lore, as “Mudge’s Folly.”

Tickets are available now at Ace Hardware, MacDowell’s Hearth & Flowers, and the Opera House, all in Grand Ledge. Admission is adults $8.00 pre-sale or $10.00 at the door; all kids 12 and under are $5.00 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Come have fun with the Follies Gang for great family entertainment, a Fourth of July celebration of our freedom, a salute to our vets, and help our neighbors who are having a tough time!

If you have any questions, please call Libby Brandon, (517) 627-2715. The Grand Ledge High School Auditorium is an air-conditioned, barrier-free facility with convenient parking.


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Family Event! Sunday, Aug. 14


Farmers Market is Open!

GL Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9am-1pm
Bridge Street Plaza
Produce, baked goods, eggs, soaps, lotions
and so much more.

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