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Clinton Fall Festival heralds autumn

The Tecumseh Herald - Staff Photo -

“One of the Best Festivals in Southeast Michigan” returns this month. The annual Clinton Fall Festival, slated for September 24-26, is packed with activities, arts and crafts, and food.

Headlining the program for live entertainment Saturday is Rio Doyle, the Adrian teen singing sensation who made it to the semi-final round on NBC’s “The Voice” last April. Also performing on the stage, located in front of Clinton Middle School, will be local crooner TJ Craven, the Earth Angels youth group, Bob Schultz and many others.

Tate Park will be transformed into a carnival with rides and more from Friday to Sunday. There will be all-day wristbands available for $20 as well as standard tickets, priced at $1.50 each or 50 for $50. While the kids are enjoying fair food and rides, adults can make their way via shuttle  to the arts and crafts booths, which will be located on both sides of Tecumseh-Clinton Road, the west lawn of Clinton Middle School, and on parts of Church, Franklin, and Burton streets. Most downtown businesses also will be open for browsing and shopping.

More than 200 crafters and artists will be displaying and selling everything from paintings to jewelry to handmade wood items. There will be chainsaw woodcarving, barn treasures and tools.

Once the children tired of the carnival, they can visit the petting farm, featuring farm animals and other kid-friendly pets. The petting farm will be in the “Kid Zone” on Franklin Street along with face painting, an adventure center featuring bungee jumping, a mini-pedal tractor pull, and inflatables.

On the front lawn of the historic Smith-Kimball Community Center, festival-goers will find “Lost Arts,” featuring demonstrations of colonial weaving, basket making, knitting, stained glass, glass blowing, and wood carving. The Greyhound Rescue Society will have information on its program and there will be 4-H groups displaying their projects as well.

Adopt an attitude of gratitude and fellowship by visiting the many Clinton churches offering food and activities for the whole family. At the Clinton Baptist Church, kids can enjoy face painting and learn to make balloon animals. The United Methodist Church will have a booth at the festival — and free parking at the church, while the Solid Rock Church also is providing free parking for festival-goers. The United Church of Christ will have its pretzel and cookie booth open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will serve sandwiches on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Monastery will have traditional Romanian dancing and food at their Church Street location. Finally, there will be an ecumenical church service outdoors on the Clinton Middle School stage Sunday starting at 10 a.m.

The Clinton Fire Department will be open starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday with tours available most of the weekend, and the Clinton Library will have a used book sale Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sale organizers promise rare and vintage books, Michigan books, art books, children’s books and more. Also at the library, there will be kids crafts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday only.

Saturday events not to be missed will include a Classic Car and Truck Show in Tate Park, sponsored by the Clinton Band Boosters. Registration is $15.

The Grand Parade kicks off on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. starting at Kehoe Road, then on to Currier Street and west onto Michigan Avenue.

Getting to the Fall Festival couldn’t be easier this year. Parking and shuttle service will be available from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from Tate Park, Clinton High School, the Clinton United Methodist Church, and the Solid Rock Church. Face masks are required on shuttle buses.

The Southern Michigan Railroad will also offer transport from Tecumseh to Clinton and back on Saturday and Sunday.

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