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Zoo animals, oldies and Bob Seger music in lineup

Playing at the Plaza, the Hastings Live Thursday morning program geared toward a younger audience, will be a creature feature with guests from John Ball Zoo at 11 a.m. July 11 at the spray plaza. Guests will learn about wildlife during a hands-on presentation by zoo education staff.

Fridays at the Fountain will feature the music of Jessie Wolthuis at noon July 12 on the Barry County Courthouse lawn. Wolthuis grew up playing guitar inspired by rock ‘n’ roll greats, such as Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The Bob Seger tribute band KatMandu will be the Friday Night Feature at the Thornapple Plaza beginning at 7:30 p.m. July 12.

Since 1975, KatMandu has been delighting audiences with Bob Seger’s classic hits. The top Bob Seger tribute band in the state of Michigan will have everyone rocking out to their favorite songs all night long.

All concerts are free, but donations are accepted. Visitors should provide their own chairs or blankets.

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Starting this weekend, livestock and horse trailers will be more popular on local roads and highways than travel trailers on the Fourth of July. Saturday is the unofficial start of the 167th Barry County Fair, with a dog show, rocket launch, harness racing, miniature horse pull, non-livestock judging, and more.

The non-livestock judging brings hundreds of local families to the fair for critiques and commendation on projects from engine repair to creative writing and from barrel painting to baking. Hours for the Saturday event have been changed to 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with no scheduled time for lunch.

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