The Fruitport Old Fashioned Days events - including pony rides, carnival rides and games, fireworks, and parades - all grew in size this year and attracted folks for six days of fun.
The Fruitport Lions Club Chairman Mike Johnson couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s results.
Johnson estimated that more than 100,000 people attended Old Fashioned Days. He said people jammed Fruitport to watch the fireworks, the kids’ trout pond stayed stocked and packed, and the petting zoo gets better each year. Johnson compared the fireworks turnout to the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
“It was the best festival ever,” Johnson said. “We’ve increased (attendance) every year.”
Making all of the events, rides, games and parades possible were more than 100 volunteers working to ensure the success of Old Fashioned Days.
Volunteer Ernie Dowe has been around Old Fashioned Days longer than most of the kids - and some of the parents - have been alive. Since 1972, Dowe has been buckling kids into swings and teaching them how to catch plastic sharks.
Dowe said he loves to work the carnival and he’s found reasons to stay after all these years.
“I like to …meet everyone,” Dowe said. “I’ve found I’m more of a game person than a ride person. I like a challenge.”
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