Stanton DDA expects revenue through Taste of Montcalm


By Meghan Nelson • Last Updated 12:41 pm on Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The Stanton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was reinstated in 2014 to help improvedowntownStanton. For the first time since 2014, the DDA is expected to earn revenue through the Taste of Montcalm festival on June 24. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

STANTON — For the first time since being re-established in 2014, Stanton’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is expected to bring in revenue.

“I’m just ecstatic about that (making revenue) and what they’re going to do for the city,” City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert said while going over the city’s budget on April 25.

The approximately $2,000 the DDA is expected to receive will be generated by Stanton’s second Taste of Montcalm festival on June 24.

“The revenue is made through ticket sales from what’s leftover,” explained DDA Vice Chairman James “Wojo” Wojtowicz. “Each restaurant gets paid a portion, the DDA makes the residual amount.”

Wojtowicz said the purpose of the DDA isn’t just to better the city for residents, but also as the county seat for Montcalm County. By offering Taste of Montcalm, a county-wide food tasting event, Stanton will bring in revenue to improve the city for all county residents.

“Last year’s (Taste of Montcalm) was amazing. It exceeded our expectations,” Wojtowicz said. “It supports your community. It’s something different. Instead of traveling to Grand Rapids to find quality entertainment and food, you can stay here in Montcalm County.”

The idea of showcasing what Montcalm County offers is the impetus behind the event. The idea is to allow attendees to buy tickets for $1 each, which can be exchanged to sample appetizers, entrees and desserts from restaurants around the county. Some of the restaurants that will be represented at this year’s event include Clifford Lake Inn, Brickyard Bar and Restaurant, Mamma Mia’s and Dippity Dog.

“Each community has their own thing they do for their town … We’re hoping, our vision is that we pull these communities together not to pull away from what they have but to showcase all we have to offer,” Wojtowicz said.

The festival will also offer a bounce house for children, a beer tent for adults, live music and a craft show. Awards will be given out for best appetizer, entree and dessert.

Wojtowicz said the DDA is still looking for volunteers to offer three hours of their time to help run the event. Those who want more information about volunteering can call Stanton City Hall at (989) 831-4440.

Taste of Montcalm has a Facebook page where more information about the upcoming event can be found.

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