What's On This Weekend: July 21-23

Is this summer flying by for everyone else, or is it just us? We haven't been to the beach nearly enough, and there are so many other incredible options to get into this weekend in Southwest Michigan. Road rallies, county fairs, Wild West train adventures and hot air balloons are just a few. What's the highlight of your weekend gonna be? FRIDAY Get your fill of carnival rides, barn animals and tasty fair food at the Van Buren County Fair in Hartford (through Saturday) Witness the whimsical worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in Holland Civic Theatre children's production (through Sunday) Ride the 1950s Diesel Replica at Eden Springs Park in Benton Harbor and discover a slice of fascinating h

Your Guide To The County Fairs

The Van Buren County Youth Fair is well underway, and that's typically the one that we've gone to in recent years because it's close, it's small and the kids seem to have basically the best time ever. But with so many swooping carnival rides and gooey foods on sticks set to woo the crowds in the coming weeks, we might just try something new this year. Do you have a favorite? Van Buren County Youth Fair | July 17-22 Hartford, MI Kids' day: Wednesday, July 19 ($17 armband noon to close) General admission: $7 for adults | $3 for kids ages 6-12 | Free for ages 0-5 Elkhart County 4-H Fair | July 21-29 Goshen, IN Kids' day: Wednesday, July 26 (all rides only 1 ticket apiece from 1 pm-close; Kiddi

What's On This Weekend: July 14-16

This is the weekend of Mother Nature. There's a museum under the stars, butterfly house concert, water festival, kayak rides, kite making, outdoor movies, nature walks, pond studies and animal encounters, just to name a few :) FRIDAY Witness the whimsical worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in Holland Civic Theatre children's production (through next weekend) Ride the 1950s Diesel Replica at Eden Springs Park in Benton Harbor and discover a slice of fascinating history (continues Sunday) Cozy up for an all-ages, under-the-stars showing of Despicable Me at Niles' Riverfront Park SATURDAY Travel back to the Wild West and help the sheriff catch a notorious gang of outlaws during a rollicking a

What's On This Weekend: July 7-9

We are headed to the beach as soon as I hit "publish," so let's keep this short and sweet. Check out what's happening in the area this weekend and dive into something fun. There's an art block party, classic car cruise, lavender festival, movies under the stars, a museum "campout" and so much more. Enjoy this beautiful July weekend, friends! FRIDAY Celebrate the peak lavender season with live music, face painting and kid-friendly activities at Summerhouse Lavender Farm's Bloom Festival in Fennville (through Sunday) While the evening away with games, dancing, food and drink at the Krasl Art Center's Block Party & Beach Exhibition Opening in St Joe Make paper lanterns, binoculars and other cam

Fun Fourth Of July Treats & DIY Firework Sidewalk Chalk

We finally got our act together around here and did a couple of things to celebrate Independence Day. Red, white and blue flower crowns -- major fail. But the other two activities turned out swimmingly. Fourth of July Fruit Skewers It's hard to top last year's watermelon and blueberry wands, but we upped the ante this time around with star-shaped marshmallows and they were a smash success. Gone in 30 seconds. There was begging for more. All you need is a small star cookie cutter for the marshmallows (cut them in half and dust the cut side with powdered sugar to cut down on the stickiness) and some wooden skewers. Thread those babies together and devour them with gusto. They've got fruit. T

12 Don't-Miss Things To Do In July

This month's roundup of events is so packed with summery goodness that we've gone ahead and hand-picked a dozen of our favorites to mark on your calendar. 1. Hot Air Balloon Festival | Battle Creek | June 30-July 4 The sky lights up with the mesmerizing glow of dozens of hot air balloons taking flight at dusk. Air shows, carnival rides, summer treats, fireworks and kids' activities round out this summer staple. 2. International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship | Eau Claire | July 1 Competitors test their "spitability" during a rollicking battle for all ages at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm. Winner takes all bragging rights. 3. Light Up the Lake Fireworks | South Haven | July 3 A jaw-dropping, 30-

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