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Mason’s 42nd annual Down Home Days community festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, September 17 through 20.  Go to and click on the Community Events Calendar for the latest information. 

Down Home Days starts off on Thursday, September 17 with the last concert in the eleventh season of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Thursday Night Live” Courthouse Concert series sponsored by Independent Bank.  This free concert features the Mason High School Band and Cheer Squad.  They’ll perform on the west lawn of the Ingham County Courthouse starting at 6:00 p.m., sponsored by CP Federal Credit Union.  To benefit youth programs, the Mason Optimist Club will be selling hotdogs, chips and pop before and during the concert.  New this year, the Mason Farmer’s Market will be setting up in front of Mason State Bank from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.

On Friday, September 18, flags will fly throughout the town for POW-MIA Day.  Residents and businesses throughout Mason participate in the flag program of the American Legion Browne/Cavender Post 148.  Residents who are not part of the program are also being encouraged by local veterans groups to fly the flag on that day.  The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will have a grand opening ribbon cutting for Cortney Tostevin Photography at 12 noon at 421 S. Jefferson Street.  That Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., weather permitting, there will be an informal family and pet walk on the Hayhoe Riverwalk with a welcome tent just west of the fire station, across from Lee Austin Park. The “Fido and Family Fall Walk” will be a free event, sponsored by CAPEX Land Company and will feature fall-themed prizes and refreshments for all who participate.         

The signature event of Down Home Days happens on Saturday, September 19, with the 42nd annual Courthouse Show in downtown Mason, hosted by the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by area businesses. Elaine Ferris, chair of the Chamber’s Down Home Days festival events, says that “our estimates are that between 4,000 and 6,000 people attend the show each year.”  She adds that “the show features a mix of arts and crafts, flea market, food vendors, entertainment, and community group booths.”  The show runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday only. 

Tickets for the 14th annual MACC Raffle to help “Keep the Big Tree Lit!” will be available at the Chamber’s visitor’s center booth and by the big tree in front of the Courthouse during the show.  Volunteers will also be going door-to-door throughout the city of Mason to give people the opportunity to contribute.  The licensed raffle (R31957) offers tickets at $10 with a $3,000 guaranteed prize up to a $15,000 maximum prize.  The drawing will be on December 10th at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Building after 7:30 p.m. 

The Mason Antiques District “Hay Ride” shuttle to and from the Courthouse Show runs every half-hour from the corner of Maple and Jefferson streets during the show.  A variety of show entertainment will be on Maple Street featuring Fading World at 9:30 a.m., the L.A. Cloggers at 11:30 a.m., and the Shahira Dancers at 1:00 p.m.   Entertainment is sponsored by Ware’s Pharmacy, CP Federal Credit Union, and Dart Container Corporation. Sponsored by the Mason Assembly of God, entertainment for kids will be at the “Kids’ Korral” near the main Courthouse steps, with a bounce house and games provided by Mason RailTime Adventures.

Also, earlier on Saturday morning, the Mason Firefighters Association will hold their pancake breakfast at the James M. Pelton Memorial Fire Station, 221 W. Ash Street. Cost is $7 for adults, $6 seniors, $4 kids, $20 family, and under 2 free. The breakfast runs from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m.   They will also hold a “golf ball drop” event fundraiser there at noon.  The 12th annual “Treasures” sale by the Mason College Club will take place across the street at the pavilion above Lee Austin Park on Ash Street by the railroad tracks from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Elaine Ferris says that “the Mason Farmers Market will take place as it usually does every Saturday this time of year on Maple Street.”  The market will only be on the north side of the street during the Down Home Days show, but will have extended hours on September 19. 

Saturday is also when the Friends of the Mason Library will hold their book sale at the Mason Library starting at 9:00 a.m.  The Mason Area Historical Society will have their pie sale and the 24th Michigan and 7th Michigan Civil War reenactors will be at Mason Area Historical Museum, 200 E. Oak Street in Mason, both starting at 9:00 a.m. 

Yard and garage sales will be going on all around town during the festival weekend.  Mason churches welcome you for Sunday services on Sunday, September 20. The Mason Brass Quintet will play at the Mason Rotary stage at Rayner Park beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday to close out the festival weekend events.  More festival event information is available at the community events calendar at the website.



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