2018-06-07 / Front Page

Days in, Days out

SWARTZ CREEK – Hometown Days organizers say this year’s festival went very well with increased attendance, no major incidents and mostly cooperative weather.

“It was a really good weekend all in all,” said Brenda Huyck, general chairman.

Huyck did not have attendance figures by press time but early estimates indicate more ride tickets were sold this year. About 35,000 people attended the four-day festival in 2017.

The crowd seemed to enjoy the new additions, including Lady Houdini, the Great Lakes Lumberjack Show and the mechanical bull riding contest.

“The feedback on Lady Houdini was that it was amazing and intense,” said Huyck. “I heard a lot of good comments about the lumberjack show. The kids really enjoyed the lumberjacks, and the petting zoo, as always.

“We heard a lot of praise for the Cosmo Universal Art. People enjoyed watching him do the paintings with spray paint. A lot of people said they’d like to see him again, they want him to come back.”

Photos by Lania Rocha Photos by Lania Rocha The bull riding and hot wing eating competitions were big hits for contestants and spectators alike, she said.

The barbecue cookoff sponsored by Famous Dave’s drew more competitors and filled the downtown with amazing aromas Saturday afternoon.

“We’re looking to improve that and make it bigger and better than ever,” said Huyck.

Huyck said she will attend the national convention in November in San Antonio to look for new attractions for Hometown Days 2019.

In the meantime, the Hometown Days Committee is looking for public input. Fair-goers are encouraged to fill out the survey on the Hometown Days web page, www.swartzcreekhometowndays.org. – L.R.

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