2012-08-30 / Living

Good Times had in GOODRICH

BY AMANDA BRANIECKI
810-452-2647 • abraniecki@mihomepaper.com


The annual Good Times in Goodrich parade drew a large crowd of locals on Aug. 25. The annual Good Times in Goodrich parade drew a large crowd of locals on Aug. 25. GOODRICH — With a mixture of old and new activities at this year’s Good Times in Goodrich, event organizers say a fun time was had by all in attendance.

Typically, the annual Good Times in Goodrich festival draws in an estimated 3,000 people. This year however, Atlas Township Supervisor Shirley Kautman- Jones said the number of participants seemed to have gone up from past years.

“It was busy and the weather was beautiful,” Kautman-Jones said. “It is hard to tell exactly how many we had come out because we don’t charge admission, but the entire weekend was just very busy.”

New to the festival this year were the amusement rides for kids provided by Schmidt Amusements, a technology petting zoo, a used book sale by the Friends of the Library and a special flag pole dedication ceremony at the Village of Goodrich Administrative Offices hosted by Scout Hunter Hansz.


Hunter Hansz debuted his Eagle Scout project — a new flag pole for the Village of Goodrich office — with a dedication ceremony on Aug. 25. 
Photos by Amanda Braniecki Hunter Hansz debuted his Eagle Scout project — a new flag pole for the Village of Goodrich office — with a dedication ceremony on Aug. 25. Photos by Amanda Braniecki “I think all the new events well over really well,” Kautman-Jones said. “The amusement rides were well received. I spoke with the librarian who said they were very pleased with the technology petting zoo. The librarian said a lot of people came in with questions (about their electronic devices) and she feels they touched a lot of people with the information on how to use those devices.”

Along with the new attractions, Kautman-Jones said the traditional pancake breakfast hosted by the Boy Scouts was a huge success as were the parade, arts and crafts and various contests.

“The bake-off was light on entries but still went well...we changed the entry drop off to Friday and Saturday (due to the Crim on Saturday) and may be didn’t get the word out enough about that change,” Kautman-Jones said. “Moo Cow’s contest did well and the businesses around town seemed busy. People were very successful.”

A follow-up meeting on the festival took place on Wednesday. Kautman- Jones said they are reviewing all the activities held this year and exploring new ideas to make the Good Times in Goodrich event even better next year.

“We are going over things and discussing ideas that people brought up during the event,” Kautman-Jones said. “We love ideas and more importantly, we love volunteers. As the festival grows, it is tough to manage everything so anyone willing to help out from the administrative side to being in the park during festival hours is appreciated.”

Those interested in volunteering for next year’s Good Times, are asked to contact Kautman-Jones at skjones@atlastownship.org.

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