Heritage Festival wraps up with wow

The sun set on Heritage Festival 2014, but like the fireworks that launched over the Grand River Saturday night, the effects will reverberate.
Marie Havenga
Jun 16, 2014

The six-day festival – which included a dog walk, family fun night, chicken wing cook-off, entertainment and more – likely raised about $10,000 for community projects, according to festival spokeswoman Karla Constantine.
First on the to-do tick-list likely will be improvements at Central Park, she said.
Although final numbers have not been tallied, Constantine said despite some chilly weather, attendance was outstanding for most events.
More than 1,000 people attended Saturday's beer tent, which featured live entertainment by Lookin' Back, a Bob Seger tribute band.
Constantine said many more people viewed the Holiday Inn-sponsored sky show from other points around town.
“I don't know how many people were out on boats, but it was a nice night to be on a boat,” Constantine said. “And I don't know how many people were hanging out at the Holiday Inn or other places. But we had 1,000 through the gate, which is very good. We normally get around 700 or 800.”
Cool winds and weather dampened Friday's attendance, but a larger-than-normal Wings on the Water crowd on Thursday likely made up for it, according to Constantine.
Tuesday's dog walk attracted more than 200 dogs this year and the car show had 129 entries, a near record.
“We were very successful in spite of the weather,” she said. “Family fun night was iffy. At 4 p.m. it was pouring in Nunica but not in Spring Lake. We were very fortunate there.”
Constantine said she heard a lot of positive feedback about Saturday's event.
“They were spot on,” she said of the tribute band. “Everyone loved them and thought they sounded just like Bob Seger in the old days. I talked to three or four young adults that came back to Spring Lake to meet their friends at the beer tent and catch up. There were a lot of friends and family getting together. I think it's just a great community get-together.”

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