The village of Wolverine Lake is rolling out the welcome mat to residents and those from neighboring communities as it hosts its 24th annual Village Festival and Corn Roast on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon to 8 p.m.
The event has returned to its roots as a full-fledged festival, unlike last year when it was downsized into being only a corn roast.
“Basically as board members we look at what we want to do each year,” said Lynn Lewis, interim acting chairperson of the village Parks and Recreation Commission. “Last year we kept it simple, but this year our chairperson of the event wanted to make it a larger family event.”
The family-friendly festival will take place at Clara Miller Park, just south of Glengary Road off of Benstein Road. Attendees will select from a smorgasbord of food such as hot dogs, bratwurst, roasted corn, soft drinks, popcorn and ice cream. Food tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event for $1 per ticket.
Children’s activities will include inflatables and a kiddie tent complete with old-fashioned games.
Live local entertainment, featuring the rock and pop band 2XL, will perform from noon to 5 p.m. As part of the festivities, raffles will also be held and emergency vehicles will be parked on site for kids to climb into and tour.
Results from the Wolverine Lake Fishing Tournament will be announced at 2 p.m.
In addition, attendees are encouraged to tote along donations for the Miracle Box packing party to support the U.S. military in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Justin Ellsworth, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. Lance Cpl. Ellsworth, son of Wolverine Lake Police Captain John Ellsworth, was credited with saving the lives of 11 fellow Marines by placing himself in front of an improvised explosive device (IED) blast.
Contact the Village Hall at 248-624-1710 for a list of suggested items that will be sent to overseas military personnel.
Volunteers and sponsors are still needed; you can volunteer or sponsor by contacting the village.