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Harvest on the Ridge Apple Festival

Downtown Sparta comes alive, September 24 & 25 in celebration of their Agricultural Heritage! 

This Harvest on the Ridge festival promotes the benefits of locally grown produce and features an Arts & Craft Show, a Michigan Beer, Wine & Hard Apple Cider Tasting event, a Michigan Apple Pie Baking Contest, a Smokin' BBQ Contest, a Scarecrow Building Contest, a 4-H Petting Zoo, a Harvest Pantry Car Show and much more, along with many family activities and tours! For event details, visit www.spartachamber.com!

Check out the list of local farm markets at www.fruitridgemarket.com to buy fresh produce from local Michigan farmers! 


Thursday Music at Peace, Fall Concert Series

Peace Lutheran Church presents "Thursday Music at Peace" debuting three fall concerts taking place the first Thursday of each month from 12:15pm to 12:45pm at 1225 12 Mile Road NW in Sparta, Michigan. A free will offering will be accepted for a soup & salad lunch beginning at 11:30am for those who would like to partake.

October 7 - pianist, Stephen Pinkous & saxophonists, Caleb Hugo will entertain with jazz-inspired music

November 4 - Christine Schut will delight all with seasonal organ music

December 2 - baritone soloist, Randy Posthumus will perform Christmas music

Rodeo grounds to be site for Halloween event

The old Sparta rodeo grounds on the corner of 13 Mile & M-37 has sat vacant since the closure of the rodeo. Robert Preston, president of The Stable Group, Incorporated and John Kunz of Arrowhead Productions and a Sparta resident have taken interest in the property and work is in progress to convert the land into a Festival of Fear for the month of October. This goulish project will consist of family friendly activities from pumpkin patches, face painting, mazes and haunted trails. The 100-plus acres will be Michigan's largest outdoor Halloween venue, offering something for the entire family! Hours of operations are Friday through Sunday from noon to midnight and most week days from 5pm to midnight. Check out the website at www.festivaloffear.net for detailed hours of operation.

If you're interested in volunteering for this event e-mail: haunting.michigan@gmail.com

Harvest on the Ridge Scarecrow contest entries now being accepted

Entries will be displayed Sept 23-25 in Downtown Sparta.  Money prizes will be awarded!  Click on the link for all of the details.


Free tote from Sparta Farmers Market

From Sparta Chamber

Tonight began the Stamp Card at the Farmers Market in Downtown Sparta!

Spend $20 at the market throughout the month of September and receive a FREE Sparta shopping tote!

The Village of Sparta farmers' market runs Wednesdays 5 pm to dusk behind ChoiceOne Bank!

Appleview Elementary - Open House and Meet the Teacher Night

From: http://www.spartaschools.org

Parents and students are asked to attend this event to gain important school and classroom information while having the opportunity to meet the teacher, classmates and tour our building. Please plan to join us anytime between 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. to meet your teacher and pick up important paperwork. We look forward to seeing you and your child at this special Back to School Open House.

Where: Appleview Elementary
When: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Time: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Sparta Farmers Market

From: http://spartachamber.com

The Sparta Farmers Market is Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – Dusk beginning July 7 through October 20, 2010.  The Market will be set up at ChoiceOne Bank Parking Lot in downtown, Sparta!  (72 N. Union, MI 49345)

Upcoming Special Events:
Wed. Sept. 8th  – Mini Horses Onsite!
Wed. Sept. 22nd – Alpacas!
Wed. Oct. 2nd  – Kids Safety Night!