Village Adventure kicks off Thursday

Marie Havenga • May 1, 2019 at 11:00 AM

SPRING LAKE — The second annual Village Adventure is an effort to put local businesses on the map, village leaders say.

But instead of a one-day event like the adventure’s first year, this year's event runs a full three days — Thursday through Saturday — and incorporates Bike Week.

“We're all super excited for this event to be bigger and better than last year,” said Angela Stanford-Butler, director of the village’s Downtown Development Authority. “We're all ready for winter to be over and to get outside, get moving, and to get on our bikes and ride.”

The kick-off party runs from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Mill Point Health Center with food, games, bike helmet giveaways, ambulance and police car tours, face painting, and live music by Project 90. The fun also includes a pilates sampler, plank challenge and hula hoop contest.

Friday's events include the Passport Adventure and Big Kids Bike Bash from last year.

Participants are invited to visit local businesses from 4-7 p.m. Friday to pick up prizes and freebies, and get their local passport stamped. Those with a full passport may enter a drawing at 7:30 p.m. at Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St. Winners will receive gifts of $50, $100, $250 or $500. The Thirsty Perch Blues Band provides live music during a “no cover” show at Seven Steps Up and Righteous Cuisine will serve up food from its food truck from 6:30-10 p.m.

Saturday's feature is a Pedal, Picnic & Play Day event, which begins at the Whistlestop Playground at 9 a.m. Families can enjoy breakfast snacks, juice, coffee, and free chiropractic scans and evaluations. There will also be a drawing for a kid’s bike trailer and chalk drawing on the trail.

“Kids are encouraged to bring decorated bikes for the park-to-park parade that kicks off at 11:30 a.m.,” Stanford-Butler said. “The first 20 kids who attend with their bikes receive bike safety flags.”

The parade ends at the village’s Central Park, where bikes and gift certificates will be part of a grand prize drawing. Prizes will be given away between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. You must be present to win.

The Central Park event runs from 12-3 p.m., and includes a free bike tune-up, a bike safety rodeo, live music by Rich Burkholder, and “reasonably priced” food and beverages.

The Village Adventure is the brainchild of local businesswomen Michelle Hanks and Michelle Dixon.

“It was a one-day business crawl meant to introduce residents and visitors to the businesses of Spring Lake Village that people may or may not have been familiar with,” Stanford-Butler said of the inaugural year. “It was a great opportunity to take time to stop in and visit, meet store owners, get some great deals, and win some fantastic prizes. It was a big hit.”

Later in the summer, the village hosted Bike Week, also a creation of the “two Michelles.” The five-day event highlighted the area's multi-use bike trails, culminating in a community picnic.

“Based on some feedback from the community and some discussions that we had ourselves regarding the timing of the two events, we decided that this year we would combine the best of the two events and hold everything in the spring,” Stanford-Butler said. “We're all so excited for the warmer weather and to get outside.”

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