STANTON — Continuing with a mix of traditional events and adding some new family features is the goal for this year’s Stanton Old Fashioned Days celebration.
Kicking off this year’s festival is the Stanton Art Cruise, which began Monday and will continue through Saturday. More than 80 pieces of artwork are on display at businesses throughout Stanton. Competitors are vying for a $1,000 cash prize.
The public votes for the adult categories, including photography, 3D and drawing and painting. The artwork with the most public votes wins. New this year is a youth art category, which will be divided into three age groups — 0 to 5, 6 to 12 and 13 to 17. The youth art will be judged by Montcalm Area Art Association members.
“Art on display is pretty much all set up downtown and available during business hours,” said Jan Witbrodt of Art Cruise. “People can get a list of artwork at businesses at Hotel Montcalm, where artists and voters go to register.”
Talent show try-outs, began Wednesday evening and will end with the finals from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
The pageant for Miss Stanton, Junior Miss Stanton, the Duke and Duchess and Prince and Princess will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight in Stanton.
A new event this year is the Ultimate Air Dog show, which will take place at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Another new event, the soap box derby, will be 6 p.m. Friday on Main Street.
Additional festival highlights include the fireman’s parade at 9:30 p.m. Friday, a dance party for youth age 16 to 20 from 10:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, the kids parade at noon Saturday and the grand parade at 1 p.m. Saturday, a hot dog eating contest at Lori’s Diner & Bakery at noon Saturday and entertainment on the Free Stage all day Saturday, including Dan Miller and His Country Legends, Chris Holden, Cash O’Riley and the Downtown Daddies and Center Stage.
Longtime Stanton residents Loren and Peggy Krantz will be honored as grand marshals in Saturday’s parade.
Stanton Old Fashioned Days is made possible by a staff of dedicated volunteers.
“We are strictly volunteers and because we are only on a volunteer-basis, it does get difficult sometimes to figure out who we have to run the events,” said Jen Rolston, vice president of the committee. “But we have had a lot of people really step up and think we have a really neat events planned this year.”
For more information, visit stantonofd.com online.