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Mason’s 44th Down Home Days Festival is September 14-17

Tuesday, September 5, 2017  
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Presented by Commercial Bank Mason, the 44th annual “Down Home Days” fall community festival, will be held in Mason Thursday through Sunday, September 14 through 17. A variety of events will be offered, many with no admission charge, for the entire family. Go to the website and click on the events calendar for the latest information. 


“Down Home Days” starts off on Thursday, September 14 with the last concert in the thirteenth season of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Thursday Night Live” Courthouse Concert series sponsored by Independent Bank. This free concert on the lawn of the Ingham County Courthouse starts at 6:00 p.m. and is sponsored by CP Federal Credit Union. It features the Mason High School Band and Cheer Squad. To benefit youth programs, the Mason Optimist Club will be selling hotdogs, chips and pop before and during the concert. The Mason Farmers Market will be setting up in front of the downtown location of the festival’s presenting sponsor Commercial Bank Mason from 5:00 to 7:00 that evening also. 


On Friday, September 15th, 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. Also, that Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 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. This “Fall Family and Fido Walk” is sponsored by CAPEX Land Company and will feature fall–themed gifts and refreshments for participants from health-related MACC members.


The signature event of Down Home Days begins the morning of Saturday, September 16th, with the 44th Annual “Down Home Days” Courthouse Show in downtown Mason, hosted by the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by City Limits Sports Grill and Bowling Center. 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.


A variety of entertainment will be on Maple Street during the Courthouse Show, featuring Fading World at 9:30 AM and the Shahira Dancers at 1:00 p.m. Entertainment is sponsored by Ware’s Pharmacy and Dart Container Corporation. Kids’ Korral at the MACC Courthouse Show near the flagpole: bounce house and games by Mason RailTime Adventures for a small charge. Free activities hosted by the Mason Optimist Club.


The 14th annual Mason College Club “Treasures Sale” will take place at the pavilion above Lee Austin Park on Ash near Sycamore Creek from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Sidewalk sales and citywide rummage sales will also be held during the day throughout the downtown and many Mason neighborhoods.


Also, earlier on Saturday morning, the Mason Firefighters Association will hold their pancake breakfast at the James W. Pelton Memorial Fire Station at 221 W. Ash Street. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 seniors, $5 kids, $22 family, and under 2 free. The breakfast runs from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Association’s “Great Balls of Fire” golf ball drop fundraiser will take place behind the fire station at noon.


Elaine Ferris says that “the Mason Farmers Market will take place as it usually does every Saturday this time of year on Maple Street, but this time stretched out to go only on the north side of the street.” The market starts at 9:00 am. And lasts until the produce runs out. The market’s last day of the season this year is September 30th.


Saturday is also the day the Friends of the Mason Library will begin their book sale at the Mason Library starting at 9:00 a.m. The Mason Area Historical Society will have docents leading festival-goers through the Mason Area Historical Museum, 200 E. Oak Street in Mason, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. After that, BAD Brewing Company’s 5th annual Block Party will be at 440 S. Jefferson from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. with a $6 cash cover and $5 beer tickets. The party features food trucks and live music.


Mason churches welcome you for worship services on Sunday, September 17. MACC member churches are St. James Catholic, Mason First Presbyterian, Mason Community Church, First Church of the Nazarene, Life Stream Mid-Michigan Church, Fellowship Bible Church, Mason Assembly of God, All Saints Lutheran, Eden United Brethren, and Mason First United Methodist.


 Many more events are taking place during the four days of the festival. More information on everything going on during Down Home Days is available at the events calendar at the website.

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