Crazy Daze event set for Saturday

GLADSTONE – Things may be a little crazy in Gladstone this Saturday as the city holds its annual Gladstone Crazy Daze and Summer Show & Shine Car Show.

The day will kick off with the Scenic Shore Run/Walk 5K run and one-mile walk. Registration for the race runs from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Gladstone Senior Center. The cost to register for the race is $15 per person or $40 per family of up to 5 people, and the registration fee includes lunch. Proceeds from the race benefit the exercise programs at the Gladstone Senior Center.

The majority of Crazy Daze will begin on Delta Avenue starting at 10 a.m. and running to 5 p.m. During this time residents and visitors looking for a good deal will be able to take advantage of the sales being held at many downtown businesses and restaurants.

Law enforcement will get in on the action by displaying vehicles and giving demonstrations. Participating will be the Michigan State Police, Delta County Search and Rescue, the Delta County Sheriff’s Department, Gladstone Public Safety, and the Escanaba Public Safety K9 Unit.

“We’ll have the police dog demonstrations,” noted Amber Hanson, special events coordinator for the city.

New for this year’s Crazy Daze is the U.P. Garden Tractor Pullers, which will be located at the end of Delta Avenue across from Hoegh Industries. The souped-up garden and lawn tractors will pull weights across a clay track to see which machine is the most powerful.

Also new this year is the Baybank Kids Park, which will take place in the Baybank parking lot. Face painting, a petting zoo, cotton candy, a dunk tank, arcade jumps, and other children’s activities will be available in the Kids Park free of charge.

“A lot of the younger kids come in for the kids stuff and then the adults come for the car show,” said Hanson.

The Summer Show & Shine Car Show is expected to be larger than ever before, with between 1,800 and 2,014 cars parked in the city’s downtown.

“We are actually running cars down 10th Street, which we’ve never done before,” said Hanson.

Registration for the car show will begin at 8 a.m. and run until 10 a.m. at the Gladstone farmers market site at 911 Delta Avenue. There is no cost to register a car in the show. Classes will be assigned, and the show will run until 4 p.m. with awards being presented at 3 p.m.

The Michigan Patriot Guard will also be present downtown allowing visitors and residents to view their motorcycles.

Those who wish to stray from the downtown activity while still enjoying the Crazy Daze celebration can find treasures at local homes participating in the city-wide rummage sale.

For more information about Crazy Daze, contact Amber Hanson at 280-5169 or by email at ahanson@gladstonemi.org. For more information about the Summer Show & Shine Car Show, contact Derby at 789-2775.