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Roann Covered Bridge Festival continues

Staff Report

The Roann Covered Bridge Festival continues through Sunday, Sept. 8, according to a press release. This year’s theme is “Rollin’ on the River.”

“After last year’s washout of the four-day festival, we are hoping to be blessed with great weather for the festival this year,” stated the release. “We will no longer have amusement rides but, but have lots of activities and fun for the children near the south stage. We will have a bounce house, with a slide, for children under 12 years of age. Also, also several games to play for prizes, pony rides, and a petting soon.”

A raffle will be held and the Heritage Group of Roann will be selling tickets for “some very nice articles,” including a handcrafted ash porch swing, a handcrafted walnut side table, an antique donated by Log Cabin Antiques and Pappy’s Campfire Cooker. These items will be on display in front of Log Cabin Antiques. Tickets are separate for each item. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Main Street Grand.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the day will begin with breakfast on the covered bridge from 7 to 10 a.m.

The Stockdale Mill will open at 10 a.m., and then after the parade until 6 p.m. The festival will provide a people hauler to the mill courtesy of McKillip Seed. This will load near the north bridge by the sign that reads “Trolley rides.” The vendors open at noon. The Wabash Community Band will play at the center stage at 11:30 a.m.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. featuring the Culver Military Color Mounted Guard.

In memory of J.P. Schuler, his family will provide free ice cream sandwiches after the parade. Also, after the parade, free watermelon, soda or water will be available until its gone courtesy of Houlihan Mower Sales & Ag Green Lawn Care. Ian’s Magic Show will be available for children at the south stage after the parade.

A new event this year will be an adult Pedal Tractor Pull with the Michigan Pedal Association. Participants must be 18 years or older, and there will be cash prizes for places.

At 5 p.m., the Steel Rail Band will be singing at the north stage. The frying pan throwing contest will be at 5 p.m.

Also near the south stage, will be a selection of family-friendly quiz games.

Then, at 6 p.m., the Renegade Line dancers will show off their moves as they dance in the streets near center stage.

At the pull field, at 6 p.m., will be the hot-farm, modified tractors, 2- and 4-wheel drive truck pull at the pulling field.

At 8 p.m., returning is the band Bigg Country, who will be playing classic rock, blues and dance music.

Sunday will be the last day of the festival, but there will still be time to enjoy some family activities.

The mill will open again for tours from noon to 4 p.m.

At 12:30 p.m., registration for mud volleyball will begin. The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. and there will be a $1 per person entry fee.

Also at 1 p.m., the bicycle rodeo will take place by the Roann Community Building.

After that, there will be cardboard derby races, followed by the children’s tractor pull.

No alcohol or pets will be allowed at the festival.