Activity details also available on the River Country website.
City-Wide Yard Sales
Grant's Community Yard Sales were the Saturday after Labor Day. Everyone was encouraged to wear a mask, wash their hands, and distance from one another. Residents and visitors with any symptoms of communicable illness or recent exposure to someone that is ill are encouraged to stay home and prevent the spread of illness.
Christmas in Grant December 12, 2020 12-3:00pm
2020 Christmas in Grant (Canceled)
Trunk-or-Treat October 24, 2020 12-1:30pm
October 24, 2020 from noon-1:30pm at the Grant Middle School parking lot. Vote for the "Best Decorated Trunk" and get some candy too!
Rich and Julie Ulrich have always been huge supporters of our events here in Grant. Because of their generosity, Santa will be bringing Reindeer to our 2020 event. The children of Grant have never had Santa's Reindeer visit before, so this will be a real treat for everyone.
Here in Newaygo County we are blessed to have many Christmas events going on throughout the month of December. If you are in Grant the day of our event, we would love to have you join us! If not, we would encourage you to check out festivities happening every weekend throughout our beautiful county. Every city has a unique celebration on different weekends in December, so please consider visiting several!
2019 City of Grant Events
Christmas in Grant 2019
Christmas in Grant 2019
Christmas in Grant 2019 took place on Saturday, December 14th! Hundreds of visitors attended this free annual event. Guests enjoyed the horse-drawn wagon rides, the free pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, make-n-take crafts, games for the kids, popcorn, along with plenty of photo opportunities. We want to send a huge shout out to our major event sponsors: Infrastructure Alternatives, Inc., Pam Schwallier of Great Lakes Signature Properties, and Andrea's Pizza. We also have many in-kind sponsors and volunteers that make this free family event possible. We brought back Santa's Workshop from two years ago for the free picture with Santa, which was a huge hit!
Trunk-Or-Treat October 26, 2019 12-1:30pm
Mark your calendars for October 26, 2019!
If you have not attended one of our Trunk-Or-Treat events, you are missing out! Every year we have at least a dozen automobile "trunks" decorated in all kinds of creative themes! Parents and grandparents walk with the kids through a line and each child receives treats or prizes at every decorated trunk. If you are interested in participating with a decorated trunk, please plan on at least 300 pieces of candy or prizes. Generous sponsors drop off a few bags of candy to help supplement so that we do not run out early.
Our 2016 Winners were Chuck and Carrie from Complete Auto Repair!
The Incredibles Family was fantastic in 2017!
2018 City of Grant Events
Christmas in Grant December 8, 2018
In 2018 we invited three local artists to create a new theme for our Christmas in Grant event! "Whoville" was created by Liz Olmstead, Regan Dykes, and Tracey Stebelton-Hargreaves. Additonal stage set pieces were on loan from LionHeart Productions. LionHeart also sent Whoville Characters to mingle with everyone who attended our event. Cindy Lou Who was here meeting all of our local kids.
THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored, volunteered, donated, and to those who spent a better part of the day with us on December 8th. We could not have done it without you! THANK YOU to our Major Sponsors: Andrea's Pizza, Swinehart's Home Furnishings, and Infrastructure Alternatives. Additional Sponsors making this event possible: Gene's Family Market, Grant Police Department & Staff, the Rodriguez sisters, Michelle McKinley, Grant Area District Library, Wesco, Beaver Tree Service, The Depot, Old Iron Bar & Grill, MHK Equipment, Great Lakes Truck & Equipment Parts, and Smart Energy Solutions.
Although it's not a City sanctioned event, the Grant City-Wide Yard Sales happen every year like clockwork because of the date consistency...."always the first Saturday after Labor Day Weekend." People can always figure out when Labor Day weekend is, so they just plan on the yard sales. The City is full of thousands of people hunting for treasures that day every year! This year, the sales are Saturday, September 9th.
Farmers Market Fun Day 2017
2nd Annual Run Your City of Grant
On May 13th 2017 the 2nd annnual RUN YOUR CITY OF GRANT in partnership with Amputee Blade Runners will take place at the Middle School Track. This will be a run/walk of 1 mile that is designed to bring attention to Amputees. Running prosthetics are NOT covered by insurances and considered “not medically necessary” so Amputee Blade Runners a Non-Profit organization that helps provide free running prosthetics for amputees so they can keep an active lifestyle. . Grant Michigan is very lucky to have our own Amputee Blade Runner Brooklyn Olin. Brooklyn a 5th grade student at Grant Public Schools is one of the most sweetest, loving and caring girls you will ever meet, she plays basketball with Upward in the winter and plays softball with Grant Little League in the spring. So please make plans on May 13th from 10am -2pm to walk/ run a mile around the track. We will have RUN YOUR CITY OF GRANT apparel forms from DanMark of Casnovia Mi. will be available on our Facebook page so you can purchase apparel, the money raised from apparel will go to help with costs occurred for Brooklyn’s family as they maintain her prosthetic blade runner leg. Contact Brian Chesebro at 231-206-8758 or by email: email@example.com with any questions.
Grant Community Christmas Party & Pictures With Santa
2016 Grant Community Christmas Party & Pictures with Santa
Harvest Moon Festival
September 10, 2016 Citywide Yard Sales
Rain or shine, the annual Citywide Yard Sales will go on! New this year, the City is renting ten foot by ten foot spaces inside the Community Center for only $20. Individuals looking for dry, climate controlled space to sell their goods will be provided use of two six foot lightweight tables and plenty of chairs. We even have one space available for a local non-profit to use at the edge of the stage. Below is the layout of the spaces available for rent. Stop by the City Offices to reserve your space today!
Run your City of Grant event
On May 28th 2016 the 1st ever RUN YOUR CITY OF GRANT in partnership with Amputee Blade Runners will take place at the Middle School Track. This will be a run/walk of 1 mile that is designed to bring attention to Amputees. Running prosthetics are NOT covered by insurances and considered “not medically necessary” so Amputee Blade Runners a Non-Profit organization that helps provide free running prosthetics for amputees so they can keep an active lifestyle. Amputee Blade Runners goal is to provide a running prosthesis to one athlete in all 50 states by 2016. They currently have athletes in 24 states who serve as ambassadors to other amputee athletes. Grant Michigan is very lucky to have our own Amputee Blade Runner Ambassador Brooklyn Olin. Brooklyn a 4th grade student at Grant Public Schools is one of the most sweetest, loving and caring girls you will ever meet, she plays basketball with Upward in the winter and plays softball with Grant Little League in the spring. So please make plans on May 28th from 10am -2pm to walk/ run a mile around the track. For more information on how to donate to RUN YOUR CITY OF GRANT go to our Facebook page Run Your City of Grant were you can donate by purchasing a $5 ticket to help support Amputee Blade Runners meet there goal. We also will have RUN YOUR CITY OF GRANT apparel forms from DanMark of Casnovia Mi. will be available on our Facebook page so you can purchase apparel, the money raised from apparel will go to help with costs occurred for Brooklyn’s family as they maintain her prosthetic blade runner leg. Contact Brian Chesebro with any questions. A link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1562231934088157/
2016 Walk for Autism
The 2016 Walk for Autism theme is SUPERHEROES! We know we have many heroes in our community—our fire dept., our police, our EMTs, our nurses and doctors, teachers —so, we are reaching out to all of the Newaygo County community heroes and asking each of them to join us as we Walk for Autism! The 2016 Walk for Autism was April 30th, 9:30am, at the Fremont Football Field.
The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children has been identified with ASD. In Newaygo County, we have about 110 children that are receiving services for ASD. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism.
The Newaygo County Autism Community is committed to raising autism awareness so that we can achieve autism acceptance in our communities. We are parents, school professionals, and community members who actively seek to support and advocate for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
We strive to increase Awareness, Support, & Acceptance throughout Newaygo County for persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families. We do this by providing support groups, social and community activities, information & resources, and raising public Autism awareness throughout the year.
Please consider participating in the Walk for Autism this year.
The City of Grant free annual clean-up event will beSaturday, May 7 thru Wednesday, May 11. City residents and taxpayers are able to drop off junk (non-hazardous) into the dumpster. Please plan ahead to arrive early as we have only one dumpster. Once the one dumpster is full, the event is done.
For a List of Items we CANNOT ACCEPT, please refer to the center file below. Contact the Newaygo County Board of Public Works for information on their "Household Hazardous Waste" collection day on the file below on the right. This is has been scheduled for June 4, 2016 June. Their event occurs one day annually.
Christmas in Grant event scheduled for December 12, 2015
Halloween Party & Movie Night in the Park October 30th
A group of creative, enthusiastic, and community-minded volunteers have collaborated on creating a Halloween Party and Movie Night in the Park at Blanche Lake Friday, October 30th. This event includes a "Trunk-or-Treat", face painting, pumpkin painting, and a variety of kids games. We also have a pumpkin carving contest (carving done at home ahead of time) sponsored by Old Iron. Our event sponsor is ChoiceOne Bank - Grant Branch!
This event end with a showing of "Hocus Pocus" at the Blanche Lake Park Amphitheater. It's going to be cold, so please dress warm for the movie. A warming fire will be on-site within the ballfield. Please check back for any last-minute updates if the weather forecast changes between now and then. Our back-up location is the Grant Community Center, but our preference is to keep everything at Blanche Lake Park.
Thank you ChoiceOne Bank for Sponsoring this event!
The September movie showing: "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" on 9/05/15.
THANK YOU to our Co-Sponsors: WHITE CLOUD & NEWAYGO LION'S CLUBS
Hosted By: City of Grant and Detail Painting, Inc.
The July movie showing was "Blended" on 7/25/15.
Thank You to our Sponsor: ULRICH PROPERTIES in Grant.
Another Thank You to Shawn and Janet Botsford of the City's DPW for donating popcorn.
The June movie showing was "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day" on 6/27/15.
Thank you to our sponsors: DETAIL PAINTING, INC. for sponsoring our June movie!
Grant City-Wide Yard Sales
The Grant City-wide Yard Sales are always the first Saturday after Labor Day weekend. This year the event will take place on Saturday, September 12th. The new farmer's market will also be open for those interested in locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables and locally baked goods. Market stalls need to be reserved ahead of time. Yard sales are not allowed at the Farmer's Market structure.
Taste of River Country~A Farm to Table Celebration
"Taste of River Country, Farm to Table" Summer Celebration
Location: Blanche Lake Park (Park Drive is located directly across from Grant Elementary on State Rd)
Dates: Friday & Saturday, August 14 & 15
Cooking up more than a weekend of Farm to Table events and activities. This year's entertainment lineup featured a taste of great music to please any palate. Featuring rock, country, blues playing Friday and Saturday. Craft brew beer tent featuring craft beers made from local ingredients. A Taste of River Country featuring Newaygo County's best Farm to Table cuisine.
There was be plenty of family fun and entertainment with games and events like an Onion Eating Contest, Tractor Show, Kids games, Parade, Kid's Stage, and Arts & Crafts with a fresh flair. A Taste of River Country took place Friday & Saturday August 14-15 at Blanche Lake in Grant, MI. For more information, call 231-652-3068 or check the website www.rivercountrychamber.com.
Christmas in Grant event on December 13, 2014
2014 Grant Christmas Festival The 2014 Grant Christmas Festival took place on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with Olaf, Elsa, and Anna from the cast of "Frozen" arrived on a horse-drawn carriage at 4:00pm between the Depot and the Grant Community Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus met with children at the Grant Community Center until 7:30pm, and the cast of "Frozen" met children under the warming tent until dark.
At the Community Center, good boys and girls waiting patiently in line to meet Santa Claus received a free picture taken with him. Mrs. Claus was also available for pictures upon request. Other activities included decorating a cookie (while supplies lasted), making Christmas crafts, racing Matchbox cars, and listening to Christmas music provided by JB Sound throughout the event. Everything was free of charge.
Outdoor activities included a free horse-drawn carriage ride on Front Street, roasted chestnuts at State Farm Insurance on E Main Street, and a warming tent serving complimentary hot cocoa and coffee. The warming fire and tree lighting were held at Water Tower Park, and Santa Claus made surprise visits at several of our downtown businesses.
A special thanks to all of our event sponsors, our volunteers, and of course the members of the River Country Chamber of Commerce. Without this community support, this event might not be possible.
The Spirit of Giving ~ Decorate & Donate Contest
The City of Grant staff cut back on decorations for 2014, but we were pleased to be a part of this holiday fundraiser. Half of all proceeds went to the Newaygo County Commission on Aging Senior Meals Program.
When: December 2-31, 2013This event raised $607.14/ Croton Bay Trading Post raised $178.25 and The Lighthouse Group Insurance raised $150.00.Half of the proceeds ($303.57) will go to the True North Senior Food Program, and the other half will go to the Chamber of Commerce. The winner was determined by the business raising the most votes. Online votes are billed on an actual invoice for this contest.
2013 Annual Christmas Party & Santa Express The 2013 Santa Express & Annual Christmas Party took place on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at 11:25am at the Depot, and met with children for about fifteen minutes before being taken to the Community Center on a horse-drawn carriage. At the Community Center, children waited patiently in line to meet Santa Claus and get a free picture taken with him. They also enjoyed decorating a cookie, making Christmas crafts, racing Matchbox cars, and listening to Christmas music through out the event - all free of charge. A special thanks to Wayne Dault of Marquette Rail and all of his volunteers! A huge thank you to all of our event volunteers, as well as the members of the River Country Chamber of Commerce who make this event possible.
2013 Annual Grant Area & City-Wide Yard Sales
This event always takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day weekend, making it Saturday, September 7, 2013. This event is not sponsored by the City of Grant or even the Chamber of Commerce. It just occurs every year on its own. If you are interested in setting up tables for a yard sale within the City limits, you should contact the property owner for permission well in advance. Please be advised the any any activity along M-37 is regulated the Muskegon Transportation Service Center (TSC) of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The number to contact the Muskegon TSC is (231) 777-3451. The City of Grant is not allowing sales on any City owned property.
Grant Festival 2013 took place on Friday, August 16th through Saturday, August 17th. The location was the same as last year: 360 S Maple (M-37) next to Rent Smart and Never Enough Auto. The Chamber of Commerce hired Kasey Jernberg as the Grant Festival Coordinator. All event entry forms and flyers are made available on the Chamber of Commerce website.
The Grant Festival is a Chamber of Commerce event. While the City of Grant is a paying member of the Chamber of Commerce, the City does not host or run the Grant Festival. This is a common misconception. Our membership representative as well as many City employees volunteer time and efforts to help out with Chamber of Commerce events, the same as many other business representatives do. They are not paid to volunteer or help out with this or any other community event.
2013 Day at the Lake~Free Community Event! When: Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 10am to 2pm Where: Blanche Lake Park Take State Rd (120th) east to Park Drive, turn left at Grant Elementary. See map below. What: Enjoy hot dogs, chips and beverages along with volleyball pick-up games, horseshoe pit, meet and greet your Grant Medical Office Providers, kayaks and canoes available for use, kids' games, fishing (some gear provided), and giveaways.
Sponsored by Spectrum Health Grant Medical Center Equipment provided by Wisner Rents Canoes and Parsley Sports Shop
Business Holiday Decorating Contest
As a fun and festive fundraising event to help purchase holiday themed banners for the new L.E.D. streetlights in the downtown, the Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring a Holiday Decorating Contest among its members. Essentially, guests were encouraged to vote for their favorite decorated member business by casting their "vote" with spare change. The funds raised will be combined with the $322 raised in 2011 to purchase new decorations for the newer L.E.D. streetlight poles in downtown Grant.
Grant City Office 2012 Holiday Decorating Contest
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Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Updated July 27, 2022
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