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Summerfest takes to streets of Hastings this weekend

Summerfest will fill downtown Hastings with people and activity all weekend long. (File photo)

Summerfest returns to Hastings this weekend, bringing together families, friends, shoppers, car enthusiasts, music lovers and more.

Activities begin Friday morning when concessions open at 10 a.m., and arts and crafts vendors at 11 a.m. The Barry County Transit trolley will begin taking riders around town at noon.

The Elks Refreshment Tent, at the corner of Church and Apple streets, will open at 3 p.m. The slowpitch softball tournament will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Fish Hatchery Park.

Music at Thornapple Plaza will begin with Hastings’ own Ellie Youngs from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by Jake Kershaw from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Saved by the '90s from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Saturday begins with plenty of activity as a 5K and 10K step off at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the Jim Jensen Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Tyden Park begins at 8:30 a.m., and games start at 9:30 a.m.

Produce, flowers and more will be available at the farmers market downtown from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Backwoods Triathlon, which includes golf, bowling and a cornhole tournament, will start at 9 a.m. at the Legacy Golf Course.

The softball tournament picks up again at 9 a.m., followed by the Barry County Substance Abuse Services Fun Run near the middle school.

A weightlifting contest starts at 10 a.m. near the corner of Court and Church streets. Concessions and the craft show open at the same time.

The Summerfest Grand Parade, with a nursery rhymes theme, will begin at 11:30 a.m. on East State Street, near Bliss Clearing Niagara. The parade will turn onto Apple Street near the library, head west to M-37/Broadway Street, go north to State Street, and head east again, back toward Bliss.

Free trolley rides will be available from 12:30 to 8 p.m.

Music at Thornapple Plaza will include Silent Bark, from 2 to 3 p.m.; Toppermost, a Beatles tribute band, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; Kari Holmes from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; and close out with Simply Queen, a Queen tribute band, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule includes the softball tournament, a community worship service and picnic, beginning at 9:30 a.m., concessions and arts and crafts, the children’s parade at 1 p.m. and a large car show throughout downtown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All weekend long, select local merchants will offer specials. In addition, Bob’s Gun and Tackle will have all sorts of specials to celebrate its anniversary, and Ace Hardware will have its tent sale Wednesday through Sunday.

More information can be found in brochures available at local businesses or online at

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