What’s New in 2013?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLOTTE! 

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm. This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charlotte! A Sesquicentennial Celebration will be held at BENNETT PARK following the Grand Parade. Come have some cake, balloons, music, and photos of Charlotte back to 1863, the year Charlotte was born! Do you know someone with tales of yesteryear Charlotte? Bring them along to share their stories. This celebration is sponsored by Independent Bank.

Bennett Park is Full of Family Fun!

Sponsored by TEAM ONE

Saturday
Family Fun starts at 1pm. Horseshoe tournament, sack race, bag toss, hula hoop contest and many more field day activities for the kids, compliments of Hilliard Lyons. Mr. Clown will be there painting faces and twisting balloons, there’s a Pizza eating contest at 2:30 pm with Cottage Inn Pizza. Learn to knit from the ladies at The Yarn Garden, enjoy the easy listening sounds of live local bands all day, Mark the Hot Dog Guy will be there for your dining pleasure, the Chamber will provide free beverages, and The Dance Studio will be selling baked goods for dessert. The Eaton County Humane Society will be there to show pets for adoption and to collect blankets, towels, cat and dog food, toys, dishes and other supplies. Visiting the Living History Camp is a MUST!  See folks dressed in real time costumes and learn about life from the 1800s to WWII.  Slow the kids down at 6:00 with story telling time followed by an outdoor showing of Toy Story 1 at 7:00.  WOW!

Sunday
Start the day with Rev. Charles Jenson as he leads a Sunday service at 9:30 am. Follow with a hearty Pancake Breakfast at 10:00 am served by the Young Marines. Enjoy gospel music performed by live bands throughout the day. Bennett Park explodes on Sunday with real carnival gamesfield day activities sponsored by Hilliard Lyons, stick horse racing compliments of Soldan’s and Johnson’s Workbench, lunch specials from Mark the Hot Dog Guy, the Living History Camp, and a Culver’s Ice Cream Social from 3pm – 4pm and Scoopie will be there with some fun craft projects for the kids.   A great way for families to wrap up their Frontier Days Festival experience.

Family Day in the 4-H Building

Saturday from 1pm – 4pm, the saloon explodes with activities and entertainment of all kinds. Enjoy learning line dancing, watch dance and karate demos, there will be face painting, stick horse competition, a “Best Dressed Dog” contest, trick dog dancing demo, and so much more. This is a new event and one that is sure to please your entire family. Food and beverages will be available.

Free Wagon Rides

Saturday and Sunday, Steve Newman and his horses, Sunny and Prince, will be giving free rides between Bennett Park, the fairgrounds and downtown. This service is sponsored by Custom Home Interiors and Charlotte Insurance Agency.

Mutton Bustin’

IS BACK! We’re bringing back this popular event to both the Friday and Saturday night Rodeo performances! It’s for children between the ages of 5 and 8. The day of the performance, parents can stop by the box office and fill out a release form and we will randomly choose 8 children for each night.

Drink Responsibly!

With safety and keeping you out of jail in mind, Frontier Days has arranged for Big Daddy Taxi to shuttle saloon partiers from the saloon to their homes on Friday and Saturday nights. Free service is provided for those within a 5 mile radius. Further service is available at the rider’s expense. So don’t hassle with multiple car parking, and don’t be foolish and drive under the influence! Ride to the saloon with friends and take the shuttle home when you’re ready.

Education Scholarship Competition

Open to Eaton County high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen who are Charlotte residents in the 2012/2013 school year with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. A King, Queen, and 2 runners up will be awarded scholarship money toward tuition and books to the college of their choice. Deadline for applying is August 15, 2013. For details, click here.

Car Show

Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 1pm – 4pm at Davis Auto Mart on Lansing Street. Goodie bags, prize drawings, food, entertainment, and more.
Proceeds benefit SIREN Eaton Shelter/Recovery Network

Stick Horse Activities

Fun not to be missed!! 30 stick horses will be “adopted” out to kids 8 years of age and under. The kids will receive and decorate their horses on Tuesday night, September 3, at 6:30 pm at the Saloon. Pizza and beverages will be provided. The li’l cowboys and cowgirls will ride their steeds in the Charlotte Frontier Days Parade on Saturday morning, and show them Saturday afternoon during Family Day at the Saloon. This is a free event. Contact Marcia at 517-242-1867 or email smmorabs4537@gmail.com to reserve stick horses for your li’l cowboys and cowgirls! Sponsored by Soldans Pet & Supplies and Johnson’s Workbench Thank you to Brian Dean for putting the stick horses together and making them ready for decorating!

Check back often as new events and activities are added.