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 berlinfair.org 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 worshiponthewaterfront.org.
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