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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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The U.S. Coast Guard ship Mackinaw was one of four cutters to port at the Grand River channel on Monday afternoon, kicking off the 2021 U.S. Coast Guard Festival.

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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.”

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MUSKEGON — A new Independence Day festival has been announced on the heels of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer removing outdoor gathering restrictions in the State of Michigan.

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LANSING — Michigan will fully lift outdoor capacity limits on June 1 and, starting July 1, end indoor gathering caps that were put in place to curb COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday in a major loosening of economic restrictions.

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Despite concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic and a pared-down schedule of events would keep people from coming to Holland to see the tulips this year, Holland’s hotel rooms sold out the first weekend of Tulip Time and visitors flocked to the city.

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Grand Haven City Council approved several summer events Monday night, but it hesitated to approve the Coast Guard Festival Craft Fair, which requested to use of the city’s Central Park on Aug. 6-7.

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The West Michigan Historical Alliance Board of Directors announced the cancelation of the 2021 Feast of the Strawberry Moon on Sunday. 

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HOLLAND — In light of recent orders from the state health department allowing larger indoor and outdoor gatherings, Tulip Time has announced several events that were previously on hold are now on tap for this year, including the carnival and the Dutch Marketplace.

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Put your creative skills to the test by creating a snowman using any materials – just not snow – in Grand Haven’s first Snowmen on Main Street competition.

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Local Coast Guard personnel received a holiday surprise last week, thanks to the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival staff.

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Mike Smith, executive director of the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, said he’s eagerly looking forward to the 2021 event, which is scheduled to take place July 30 through Aug. 8.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus cruised through the Tri-Cities in a bright-blue convertible Saturday evening, waving to crowds of people who lined the route.