Next weekend is the Salmon Festival. This weekend, Sept. 14-16, you and your family can educate yourselves on the local ag industry on Friday night, take a bike ride Saturday morning, and visit a car and motorcycle show on Sunday.
(1) Expo celebrating Michigan and Ottawa farms — 5-9 p.m. Friday at Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven. This free event combines family fun and education, focusing on agriculture and food production in and around Ottawa County. Michigan’s agricultural production is the second-most diverse in the United States, after California. It is Michigan’s No. 2 industry, after automobile manufacturing. Ottawa is the largest ag-producing county in the state, ranging from small blueberry farms to co-ops that bring regional produce to market. The expo will include food samples, a Critter Barn with a variety of live farm animals, and Michigan State University Extension and Future Farmers of America to answer questions about regional farming and careers in agriculture.
(2) North Bank Bike Rally — at Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg on Saturday. The ride begins and ends at the park. Riders can choose a 20-mile, 40-mile or 80-mile route. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the rides begin at 9:30. When the riders return to the park, the Grand Haven Eagles will be waiting for them with a beverage and entertainment tent, beginning at noon. Bands will play from 7-11 p.m. For more, visit northbankbikerally.com.
(3) American Legion Car and Motorcycle Show — is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Haven post, 700 Harbor Ave. The fifth annual show includes a pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m., and hot dogs and hamburgs served from noon to 2 p.m. An awards ceremony is at 3 p.m. Admission is $10, and proceeds go to American Legion programs.
(4) Drive-In Movie Night — 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at Reslife Church Grand Haven parking lot, 12900 U.S. 31 at Lincoln Street in Grand Haven Township. They'll be showing "Despicable Me" on a big screen. Everything, including snacks, is free.
(5) Herb and Gourd Fest — at Fredrik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. You have to pay admission to the gardens. The festival includes cooking demonstrations, lectures and sampling. Meijer Gardens is at 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids.
Honorable mentions: The Bucs Pride football game Friday night to honor cancer survivors and victims, a doll sale at the Grand Haven Community Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup at North Beach Park in Ferrysburg from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
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