Belding Labor Day ‘perfect,’ despite changing weather

Posted by Jessica Beery • Last Updated 5:40 pm on Tuesday, September 06 2011

The Belding High School football team rides in the Labor Day parade.

BELDING — Mother Nature threw all kinds of weather at the Belding Labor Day Homecoming Celebration, but event organizers are convinced the weekend’s events came off without a hitch.
Summer heat in the 90s on Friday faded to crisp fall weather in the 50s by Monday. But crowds were still milling through downtown Belding for the host of fun, family-friendly events offered over the weekend.
The new pet show Sunday afternoon was a big hit for the crowd, though organizers weren’t initially sure how many would participate. A total of 15 animals, including a toad and miniature donkey, were proudly shown on the Stahlin Stage.
“Ted the Toad,” shown by 4 year-old Landon Nummer of Belding, captured the titles of “Most Unique Pet” and “Quietest Pet.” It was easy to see why the unlikely pet and his young handler captured judges’ hearts.
“I’m his dad,” Nummer said proudly after the show, explaining all the care and bugs that go into his little captured friend as Nummer’s excited cousins offered to hold the trophy.
Sunday afternoon’s temperatures took a dip as the sun began to set, causing residents to pull out hoodies and blankets for the annual fireworks display. This year’s show was about a half hour long, but event organizers hope to double the length for next year’s celebration.
Organizers were doing some extra fundraising Sunday night to kick off the fundraising campaign.
Belding Labor Day Homecoming Celebration Committee Chairman Mike Tefft said he thinks the campaign is off to a good start.
“Every time we announced it, we got more money into the pot,” he said. “Throughout the year we’ll make it known where we’re at to keep things going.”
The cool weather hung over the region all day Monday, keeping the crowd wrapped in blankets for the 106th annual Labor Day Parade. But the cold crowd was happy as the parade continued for about an hour, with plenty of candy being distributed along the packed parade route.
Tefft said some location changes for the stages and tents were met with positive comments from many in the community.
“It was probably as close to a perfect weekend as we could have,” Tefft said. “We just have a couple minor details to iron out, but overall I think this weekend is the best planned so far.”

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