Fayette's Bullthistle Festival coming 2012.07.25

Written by David Green.

A magician and a folk singer are the stage attractions at this year’s Royal Bullthistle Festival in Fayette Aug. 4 in Normal Grove Park.

A full day of entertainment and eating is planned, starting with the parade and wrapping up with Phantom Firework’s annual show at Harrison Lake.

In between comes the bullthistle judging, food, softball, basketball, arts and crafts and more.

Joseph Helfrich of Bradford, Ohio, known simply as “Joseph,” will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. and again from 3 to 4 p.m. Joseph is a folk singer, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller with more than 25 years experience in entertaining. He has worked as a full-time musician since 1992.

Joseph specializes in vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, recorders and the mountain dulcimer. His programs include a wide variety of musical styles as well as a healthy dose of humor.

Ann Arbor magician Jeff Wawrzaszek takes over at 2 p.m. with a humorous magic show aimed at children, but still enjoyable for adults in the audience.

The Bullthistle Parade begins at 11 a.m., with the theme “We are Bullish on Bullthistles.” There’s still time to create a parade entry. Call 419/237-2830 or 237-3061 for information.

Look for art on sale made by members of the Black Swamp Artists Guild, plus numerous creations in the arts and crafts area.

The chicken barbecue begins at noon in the park, and several other food booths will be serving throughout the afternoon.

Bullthistle judging gets underway at 1 p.m., including the awarding of the people’s choice Frank Wilson memorial trophy.

One final event after festival day is scheduled Sunday morning at 10:30 when the community church service begins in the Grove.

There’s also an event on the day before the festival begins. On Friday, Aug. 3, the Fayette United Methodist Church will sponsor its annual ice cream social and dinner at the Opera House from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The Fulton County Red Cross breakfast at the Fayette American Legion was canceled for this year.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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