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The Annual Jim Keech Memorial Race

The Annual Jim Keech Memorial Race

This 3-Day family friendly lawn mower race helps provide funds for research to eliminate Huntington Disease and takes place on July 20-22 in Sparta. At 8pm on Friday, July 20 the Sparta High School Auditorium at 475 W. Spartan Drive in Sparta will showcase a free screening documentary called “On Your Mark, Get Set, Mow!” This film is about lawn mower racing on the “cutting edge” in the challenging battle of Huntington Disease.

On Saturday, July 21 at Paul C. Miller Airport at 9100 Vinton Avenue in Sparta the gates open at 3pm & the Lawn Mower Race is off at 5pm. On Sunday, July 22 gates open at 11:30am and racing commences at 1pm at Paul C. Miller Airport on Vinton Avenue. Bring your lawn chairs to relax with the whole family while enjoying the races!

Sparta Days Parade

Sparta Days Parade

Our neighboring community of Sparta knows how to throw a good party and with that comes a great parade.  Celebrating Sparta Days began on Wednesday July 11 and will continue through this weekend with some events even being celebrated next weekend.

Today's Parade started promptly at noon and was enjoyed by thousands in great weather.  Leading the parade was the Alpine Township Fire Department Honor Guard and a number of other Alpine Township businesses and residents participated in the...

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Kent County Single Family Housing Starts are the Highest in 5 Years

Kent County Single Family Housing Starts are the Highest in 5 Years

The quarterly report for housing starts in Kent County show very good news in the housing industry. In the second quarter of 2012, 221 new home starts were recorded. This is the most new homes built in a single quarter since 2007 when the economy slowed. Housing starts are the leading indicator for economic growth and recovery.

Please visit http://www.hbaggr.com/ for additional information.

The Barkery Pet Expo and Dog Walk during Town & Country Days

The Barkery Pet Expo and Dog Walk during Town & Country Days

Bring your pet to Rogers Park on Saturday, July 14 from 9am to 2pm, as part of the Sparta Town & Country Days celebration to get involved in rescue groups, take advantage of micro-chipping and see animal exhibits. There will be pooch nail trimming for $5 from 10am to noon. Your best friend can cool off in the Doggie Duck Pond and even a pedicure. This Pet party is hosted by the Barkery Pet Grooming.

Don’t miss the Dog Walk scheduled for 10am in Rogers Park on Saturday, July 14 to benefit the Human Society of West Michigan. Registration is at 9:30am. Receive a gift bag for a donation of $5 or receive a gift bag & t-shirt for a donation of $15.  

Go to www.spartafair.com for Sparta Town & Country Day details.

Sparta Town & Country Days - Thursday, July 12

Sparta Town & Country Days - Thursday, July 12

9 am to 4 pm:  Sidewalk Sales
Downtown Sparta

9 am to 6 pm:  Second Best Sale
Hosted by:  Peace Lutheran Church, 1225 12 Mile Rd
Entrance just east of Burger King

11am to 3:30pm: HCNC Junior Naturalist Day
16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City
Hosted by: Howard Christensen Nature Center
Hiking, exploring and free hands-on activities in the Red Pine
Interpretive Center.  Call 616-675-3158 or visit lilysfrogpad.com

10 am to 5pm: Railroad Depot Open House
N. Union & Mark St.
Come and tour Sparta’s 100+ year old Depot, Caboose and Motor Cars.
Fantastic replica model railroad in the Box Car.

1 pm to 4pm: Myers Schoolhouse Museum
13 Mile Rd. & Division
Sparta Township history books will be available for $21.99.
History of Sparta Football books – $10.00

1 pm to 5 pm:  Kid’s Bop N’ Bowl

Sparta Town & Country Days - Wednesday, July 11

Sparta Town & Country Days - Wednesday, July 11

10 am to 2 pm:  Free Health Fair
at Meadowlark Retirement Village, 65 Ida Red Ave.
Hosted by: Meadowlark Retirement Village – A Porter Hills Community
Information on healthy options and living.  Samples and giveaways as well as
an opportunity to save a life by donating blood – a great way to find out your blood type.

3 pm to 7 pm:   Scholastic Book Fair
at Sparta Library
Hosted by:  Friends of the Library

4 pm to 9 pm:   Scouts Honor Kids Carnivale – Troop #704
in Rogers Park.
Sponsor: Little Caesar’s Pizza, Momber’s Pharmacy
Fun for kids age 3-10!  5 Tickets for $1, 1 Ticket per game

4 pm to 9 pm Football Toss & Win!
Hosted by: Sparta Youth Football
in Rogers Park.
www.spartayouthfootball.org

5 pm: Carnival Rides Open
in the Village Parking Lot

Parade Line Up!

Parade Line Up!

The 2012 Parade line up for Sparta Town & Country Days is set!  Check out who is participating in the parade this year!  Also, see the special note about our Grand Marshall Tom Dupont!