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Halloween is just around the corner, and there are plenty of places to celebrate the holiday in the coming weeks.

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This year’s weeklong Hispanic Heritage Fiesta – from its authentic food to music and dancing – was an overwhelming success, say the organizers of the event held in Grand Haven.

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The 1981 Coast Guard Festival queen said that it was a bit of work and a lot of fun to reunite former festival queens for this year’s festival, themed “Women of the Coast Guard: The Strength Within.”

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The 1981 Coast Guard Festival queen said that it was a bit of work and a lot of fun to reunite former festival queens for this year’s festival, themed “Women of the Coast Guard: The Strength Within.”

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Even with sheets of rain occasionally blitzing Grand Haven’s Community Center, the recognition of the women in the U.S. Coast Guard was still warmly applauded Friday afternoon.

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When the fireworks explode over the Grand River tonight, it will be the result of an extensive process by Michael Fox and his team at Pyrotecnico.

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Caution tape, flags, golf tees and bed sheets caked Grand Haven’s grassy areas along the boardwalk, Washington Avenue, Franklin Street and Sheldon Road on Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s Coast Guard Festival fireworks and Grand Parade.

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The annual Coast Guard Festival has drawn the familiar food options of a county fair, but a number of local eateries are making an impression this week.

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The Coast Guard Festival Senior Day took place at Mulligan's Hollow on Wednesday and featured dancing, Bingo and more. 

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The cover band Brena had people dancing up and down Washington Avenue on Tuesday evening for the annual Coast Guard Festival Street Dance. 

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The annual Coast Guard Festival Festival Kids Day took place at Mulligan's Hollow on Monday, with children enjoying games, crafts, entertainment and events, as well as a photo shoot on the red carpet. 

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The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival’s carnival is open at a new downtown location – actually three.

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Going from songs by Jack Johnson to the “Frozen II” soundtrack, and from Stevie Wonder to original lyrics, singers from all over Michigan took the Grand Haven waterfront stage Monday night to perform during the Coast Guard Festival’s “Festival Idol.”

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After two years without sight of the “Queen of the Great Lakes,” Grand Haven’s waterfront on Monday was lined with thousands of eager onlookers to welcome the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, officially commencing the 2021 Coast Guard Festival.

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A huge crowd lined the Grand River channel Monday to watch several Coast Guard cutters, including the Mackinaw, as they entered port for this week's Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. 

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Free music and games for the children, along with emergency vehicle displays and birthday cake were all part of the Coast Guard Festival Community Picnic, held Sunday at Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg. The games and food (for purchase) were put on by Boy Scout Troop 37 of Spring Lake.

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More than 1,500 runners took part in Saturday's Tri-Cities Family YMCA Coast Guard Festival 5K and 10K runs, as well as the one-mile fun run. 

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Twelve-year-old Lily Guntharp called out the cadence as she and her friends frantically paddled their Sea Cow boat up the Grand River on Saturday afternoon.

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More than 1,500 runners took part in Saturday’s Tri-Cities Family YMCA Coast Guard Festival Run.

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You can find out when and where events are taking place during the upcoming Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival using the festival’s new phone app.

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Gender bias remains a barricade for many women in the workforce and military, but at this year’s 2021 Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, 31-year-old reservist Sara Prendergast sets the bar in exemplifying viable change.

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The 17 letters that spell out “Coast Guard City, USA” were hauled up Dewey Hill on Wednesday morning and readied to perform light shows in conjunction with the Grand Haven Musical Fountain and Coast Guard Festival fireworks show.

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PARK TWP. — The Ottawa County Fair opened Monday and runs through Saturday. Gates open daily at 11 a.m.

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An increased police and fire presence has always been part of the big events during the Coast Guard Festival and that won’t change, according to Jeff Hawke, director of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

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CROCKERY TWP. — Dave MacKenzie said that the design on the Live Wall display at the entrance to his Crockery Township business is usually changed on a whim.

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Come late July, there’s one staple that declares the commencement of the annual Coast Guard Festival – the 17 letters nestled on Dewey Hill that proclaim Grand Haven as “Coast Guard City, USA.”