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What's Happening: 07/20/13

(WZZM)- Cooler weather is in sight, so get outside with one of these family-friendly outdoor events!

Saturday is the last day to enjoy Fremont's National Baby Food Festival. The small city is often called the Baby Food Capital of the World, as Gerber Products Company is based out of Fremont.

The festival offers everything from carnival rides to family crafts to barbeque cook-offs -- and of course, a baby food eating contest.

Fremont has a population of 4,500 people, but when the National Baby Food Festivals comes to town, more than 80,000 visitors flock to the area.

The festival kicks off Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the Fremont Farmers Market. It all ends with some live country music performed by Kris Hitchcock and the Small Town Son.

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Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, July 20. 

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood.  The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • August 10: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • August 24: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • September 7: 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

Best friend remembers murdered homeless victim

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The best friend of the homeless man who was murdered Thursday morning says his friend chose alcohol over everything else.

Jeff Terhaar spoke to WZZM from his home in Sparta. He says his friend, Steve Spadorcia became homeless about six years ago when his home was foreclosed on. He says at the time, Steve was going through a divorce and had two children.

Over the years Terhaar says several people, including his family tried to help Spadorcia, but nothing worked.

You can listen to part of the interview with Terhaar by clicking the video above.

Mowers on the Move for Jim Keech Memorial Race July 20 & 21

Mowers on the Move for Jim Keech Memorial Race July 20 & 21

SPARTA, Mich.-- Bring your lawn chairs to this family-friendly benefit at the Paul C. Miller Airport on July 20 and 21.

Witness seven classes of lawn mowers, racing with all cutting blades removed, clipping along at 50 mph and above. Who will cross the finish line first?

The gates at the airport open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. The mowers start revving their engines at 5 p.m. It starts all over again on Sunday, July 21,  when the gates open at 11:30 a.m.  and  the mowers begin moving at 1 p.m.

The Paul C. Miller Airport is located at 9100 Vinton Avenue.  Proceeds from the race will go toward Huntington's Disease research and awareness programs. All race tickets are $5 at the gate; children ages 12 and under are free. Pit passes are available at the t-shirt tent for an additional $5. 

For more details, visit www.hdmowerraces.com.

Antique Tractor & Steam Engine Show

Antique Tractor & Steam Engine Show

July 18, 19 and 20 are the dates for the Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Show in Allendale, MI.  Thursday and Friday shows are from 9:00am till dusk and Saturday from 9:00am till 5:00pm. The show is sponsored by the Riverbend Steam & Gas Association.

There is a charge of $5.00 for Adults and Children under 15 years of age, free. A weekend pass is available for $9.00.

To obtain more information on this event, call Irv Boersen at 616-846-0898 or on line at www.riverbendshow.com

Directions: 1 ½ mi south of M-45 on 56th Ave.

Shadow Run for Afghanistan in Sparta July 20

Shadow Run for Afghanistan in Sparta July 20

SPARTA, Mich.--"Shadow Run for Afghanistan" is a new race taking place during Sparta Town & Country Days this coming Saturday, July 20.

Anyone participating is asked to wear red, white & blue in support of American troops. Each person who runs or walks in this race will be given the name of a service member who will also be taking part in a race in Afghanistan that same day.

Kristy Caine, a member of the Sparta Area Fair Board Association, said they are so thrilled to take this opportunity to show their community support and love for all troops and what they do for all of us.

For more information about all activities, please go to: www.spartafair.com

Lawn mower racing to take over Sparta

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) - West Michigan is known as being a mecca for minor league sports. That includes some non-traditional sports, like the one that will be revving its engines this weekend in Sparta.

The 11th annual "Jim Keech Memorial Race" will take over Sparta Airport this Saturday and Sunday.

"We expect anywhere from 50 to 70 mowers to show up this weekend," said Jayson Mikula, who is a six-time champion on the United States Lawn Mower Racing circuit. "We have racers coming from all around the country, from as far away as Florida and Maryland."

Mikula added that the majority of the racers will be from the midwest states.

This event isn't just about trophies, bragging rights or the regional lawn mower points race. It's about something far more important.

"This is our annual race to benefit Huntington's Disease," said Mikula, who's family has raised more than $100,000 in hopes if finding a cure.