Monday, August 31, 2009


The Fremont Times Indictor has a front page story on the Grant Frontier Festival. I am a featured picture (note the day was cold and rainy so while I am wearing my Tucker Sweater, it is under a rain poncho). To get to the newspaper on-line, click on the title of this post ("Newspaper" above). The link should take you to the newspaper, until it is replaced with a newer version (it's the August 26th edition that I am in).

Here is my picture as it was in the newspaper:

I have copied the article because I think they replace it each week with the newer edition.

This is what the article said:

Frontier Festival
features some
heated contests

By Ken DeLaat

The sixth annual Grant Frontier Festival featured
fun for all ages as the area around the Community
Center buzzed with activity.

In a heated horseshoe competition, Peggy Stitt of Hesperia and Pat Gustman of Fremont emerged victorious in the tournament by besting James and Rich Beckly of Muskegon in a finals match that drew a bevy of admiring spectators treated to the nearly constant clang of ringers.

The other “heated” contest involved what many consider to be the mother lode of all comfort food, chili. Tami Roeters cooked-up a victory with her delectable batch of culinary cuisine that sent taste buds soaring. She was asked to reveal the secret to winning chili.

“If I told you,” she replied, “it wouldn’t be a secret, would it?”

Melissa Brock from the Grant Parent Involvement group sold a delightful array of used children’s and youth books at one of the frontier storefronts built for the occasion and Angie Ripley of the Grant Police Department handed out safety information and children’s badge stickers, with the help of the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Posse.

Cara Stray of Oak Haven Alpacas spun yarn as strollers visited the fascinating animals corralled in back of the booth.

Duane and Lacey Bazzett of Grant took in the activities with their four children.

“I like the games the best,” said daughter Alexis. “They’re cool.”

With tractors on display, music in the air, and people milling about to join in the fun, the festival captured the welcoming small-town atmosphere for which these celebrations are known.

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