Old-fashioned festival to be held at former schoolhouse

Workhorse-drawn wagon rides will be part of the old-fashioned fun at the first-ever Pigeon Creek Schoolhouse Fall Festival next week. The Pigeon Creek Schoolhouse Preservation Society is holding the festival from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the former schoolhouse. It is located about a mile east of Lakeshore Drive on the southeast corner of 168th Avenue and Pierce Street in Grand Haven Township. The festival will be held rain or shine, according to Diane Edward Cole, president of the preservation society. "Hopefully it will be shining,' she said.
Kyle Moroney
Oct 10, 2011

The event will feature two draft or Clydesdale horses giving hay rides through the wooded trails. Rides cost $4 for adults and $2 for kids under age 12, who must be accompanied by an adult.

It will also include old-fashioned games, face-painting, and sales of baked goods and a pumpkins. A quilt made by preservation society member Ruth Novak will be one of several items available during a silent auction, and entertainment will be provided by local guitarist Jim Dufford. The preservation society will also be taking orders for holiday wreaths and roping at the festival.

Food will be provided by Gretchen’s Kitchen.

The event is a fundraiser to help preserve the schoolhouse, which dates back to 1869 when it was used as a log cabin. It became a one-room school about 10 years later, and functioned as such until it was annexed from the Grand Haven Area Public Schools and closed in 1961. The building was then purchased and moved across the street to the southwest corner of the intersection. It sat there behind a residence for years, until the preservation society had it moved back to its original footings in December 2007.

For more information about the festival, call Edward Cole at 844-2975.

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