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Grand Rapids readies for Spring Fling weekend PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:12
GRAND RAPIDS - Downtown Grand Rapids will come alive this weekend.
The Spring Fling Open House is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. in the downtown historic business district.
The event will kick-off on Saturday with a Run to the Rapids 5K sponsored by the Grand Rapids Arts Council with proceeds benefiting the ALS Foundation.
Registration will be at 7:30 a.m. with the race beginning at the Bluebell Island Peninsula on Front Street at 9 a.m.
Throughout the weekend, shops and restaurants open at 10 a.m. and will feature spring specials and sidewalk sales.
Events downtown include live and acoustic music, featuring Mike Mitchell, Aaron Hertzfeld and Commanders of Harmony.
A Spring Fashion Walk Show, with participation by Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, Just for You on the Riverfront, Savvy Avenue, Out of Hand and A Drop of Honey, will make its way through town, with commentary at the Lincoln Street Commons at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Children's entertainment, including crafts, face painting, balloon art and cookie decorating will also be happening through the weekend at Library House Children's Bookstore and Lalah V's.
Miss Lily's Restaurant will host a Dress-Up Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. (Registration required by calling the restaurant at (419) 832-3000.)
In addition to these events, the Chamber of Commerce is also sponsoring a spring raffle, featuring prizes such as a new kayak, a two-night stay at a Grand Rapids bed and breakfast, a new Schwinn bicycle and many gift certificates from Grand Rapids merchants. Tickets are $5 and available at all downtown shop and eateries, with the drawing being held on Sunday at 7 p.m. at LaRoe's.
Saturday will also include the Great Gilead Rubber Ducky Drop. Nearly 3,000 rubber ducks will be dropped in the Gilead Sidecut Canal at Mary Jane Thurston State Park at 4 p.m. and make their way down the canal to the finish line at Bluebell Island Peninsula. For a buck-a-duck, participants can choose a duck and take home half the proceeds. Rubber Ducks chances are available at all downtown shops.
"We're really very excited about Spring Fling," said Debbie Hertzfeld, vice president of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and co-owner of The Garden Gate. "This is the first spring event we've done and we feel it will complement the other events Grand Rapids boasts throughout the year. It's a little something different ­- an event planned to be fun and fancy-free. Downtown Grand Rapids has so many new shop opening in the last year. They and all your favorites are ready to welcome you back. It's going to be a good time."
For more information about Spring Fling or merchant/event information, contact the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce at (419) 832-1106 or www.facebook.com/grandrapidsohio.
To register for the Run to the Rapids 5K, call (419) 832-2787 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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The schedule of events includes, but is not limited to:
•    Pottery demonstration at Angelwood Gallery, Saturday 10 a.m. to noon, and wood carving noon to 2 p.m.
•    Honey tasting and demonstration at Taste of Honey, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•    Basket weaving demonstration at LalahV's Shop, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•    Outdoor wood carving in the business district, Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.
•    Basket weaving and the art of vintage aprons at LaLahV's Shop, Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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