Delton celebrates its founding this weekend
This weekend, the Delton Founders Festival will celebrate a community that has been around for 148 years.
In 1868, Del Monroe built the first store in the downtown Delton area. The place was actually called Del’s Town until the name was changed to Delton when it was officially listed with the state.
This year, the festival's grand marshals are Bruce and Sandy Campbell. During the festival parade Saturday, the Campbells have opted to make their way down M-43 in their horse-drawn wagon, being pulled by their own horses.
Saturday's parade is one of many events planned for this weekend. Beginning today, there will be carnival rides in William Smith Park. New to the festival this year is a race car show in Delton Library.
Friday and Saturday will feature a singing competition for the Delton Idol title. The winner will receive a $750 prize.
Throughout the weekend, there will be a craft show, a baking competition, as well as a number of performers entertaining on the stage in William Smith Park.
The 16th annual Delton Kellogg High School Student Council 5K will take place Saturday morning. Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. and cost $20 per runner. “Phantom runners” can pay to compete, but not actually run the race and can still receive a shirt. Water, granola bars and fruit will be provided by the student council. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m.
McKenzie Higdon, the daughter of Joe and Lee Ann Higdon, was picked to be Miss Delton. Her court is comprised of Natalie Haight, Sophia Chandler and Kayla Ferris. They will participate in numerous Delton activities throughout the year and will be active in the Founders Festival activities, including selling cotton candy and snow cones during the day Saturday.
The schedule of events includes:
Thursday, Aug. 8
9 a.m.-6 p.m. – book sale at the library
4 p.m.-dusk – carnival rides, food and games in William Smith Park (opening day special of $1 per ride)
6-8 p.m. – race car show at the library
Friday, Aug. 9
9 a.m.-5 p.m. – book sale at the library
4 p.m.-dusk – carnival rides, food and games in the park
4-8 p.m. – arts and crafts show at elementary
5-7 p.m. – pig roast at Barry Township Hall, $6 a person for pulled pork, beans, potato salad, rolls and drinks
5-11 p.m. – Delton Idol at Delton Moose
6-8 p.m. – touch-a-truck at Grove Street Café
7-8 p.m. – Delton ACT performs in William Smith Park
5-7 p.m. – scavenger hunt in William Smith Park
Saturday, Aug. 10
7-11 a.m. – pancake breakfast at Delton Fire Hall
7:45-8:25 a.m. – DKHS Student Council 5K registration at soccer field
8:30 a.m. – 5K begins at soccer field
7 a.m.-4 p.m. – arts and crafts show at elementary school
9-11:30 a.m. – Taste of Homemade Goodness competition at Barry Township Hall
9 a.m.-1 p.m. – book sale in the library, special for $1 a bag
10 a.m.-dusk – carnival rides, food and games in William Smith Park
10:30 a.m. – frozen shirt contest at William Smith Park
11 a.m. – horseshoe tournament at Delton Moose Lodge
11 a.m. – Gordon Russ the Magician performs in William Smith Park
Noon – grand marshal and Miss Delton presentation in the library
Noon – parade lineup in middle school parking lot
1 p.m. – parade along M-43 downtown
2 p.m. – Latitude Band performs in William Smith Park
2-6 p.m. – beer and brats by Delton Moose in William Smith Park
3 p.m. – scavenger hunt ends at elementary school
4 p.m. – cow plop at the soccer field
5-11 p.m. – Delton Idol at Moose Lodge
6 p.m. – singer Kaitlyn Rose performs in William Smith Park
Dusk – fireworks
Sunday, Aug. 11