Community picnic attracts hundreds

Becky Vargo • Jul 30, 2018 at 8:00 AM

FERRYSBURG — Fair skies, warm temperatures and a pleasant breeze greeted a few hundred people who enjoyed the community aspect of the Coast Guard Festival at the annual Community Picnic held Sunday afternoon at Coast Guard Park.

After a short opening ceremony, attendees ate hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches provided as a fundraiser by Spring Lake Boy Scout Troop 37. The scouts also set up and ran the games provided for the children.

A clown made balloon animals while a long line of children waited to get their faces painted nearby.

There were pony rides and a chance to check out a couple Ferrysburg fire trucks, a North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance and an Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol boat. Ottawa County sheriff’s Deputy Toni Stariha gave a K-9 demonstration with his partner Pappy. Sgt. Cal Keuning, who also played in the band, Sweet Justice, acted as the suspect in the demonstration.

Different bands and groups provided music and entertainment throughout the afternoon event.

A Coast Guard helicopter did some flyovers, but did not land at the picnic, as it has in some years past.

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