Top 5 things to do this weekend

Take a break before the Coast Guard Festival kicks off next weekend.
Mark Brooky
Jul 19, 2012


Still, there's stuff to do this weekend besides lounging at the beach. Have you ever been to the Berlin Fair? It's a good-old-time fair not far from home!

(1) Berlin Fair — has been going on all week and continues through Saturday, July 21. It's one of Michigan's oldest fairs and includes jumping air dog shows, exhibits and a carnival. Adult admission is $3; children ages 10 and under are free. Carnival and some shows are extra. Berlin Raceway races are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Parking is free on the grounds. Take I-96 east to exit 23 (Marne). For the schedule and details, visit or download the PDF below.

(2) Bats — The local public libraries call batty on Friday, July 20: 2-3 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St.; and 10-11 a.m. at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven. Learn the truth about bats and how they live. Meet bats from North America, South America and Africa in a multimedia program presented by the Organization for the Conservation of Bats. Admission is free.

(3) The Great Train Robbery — departs downtown Coopersville at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Train boards 20 minutes early. Hosted by the Coopersville & Marne Railway and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Division. Full fare is $14.50, senior citizens (60 and older) are $13.50 and children (ages 2-12) are $12.50. Children under age 2 are free. Parents are cautioned that the loud gunfire, similar to fireworks, may be too loud for the littlest buckaroos.

(4) Pin Drop Concert — Drew Nelson, a Michigan-born Navy veteran and a veteran of the Americana music scene in Europe and North America, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St. in Spring Lake. There is a cover charge.

(5) Worship on the Waterfront — Rick Hopkins & Band lead the service at Waterfront Stadium from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Originally from St. Johns, Rick, his wife and family now reside in Saranac. He began playing guitar and singing at the age of 15 and played with a few different bands through college. Today, he serves as worship leader at Ada Bible Church. He played at the 2009 Big Ticket Festival, where he won “Best Independent Band/Artist” on the Indie stage. W.O.W. is sponsored by First Reformed Church of Grand Haven and happens rain or shine. A free-will offering will be taken. For details, visit

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