OWOSSO —The annual Curwood Festival kicks off Thursday with a traditional ceremony outside the Curwood Castle, and there are plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy throughout the rest of the weekend
Among the events taking place throughout the weekend are:
Starting at 10 a.m. the Steam Railroading Institute will offer free tours until 4 p.m. Curwood Castle opens at 2 p.m and will stay open until 10 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. The opening ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at Curwood Castle
The carnival runs from 3 to 10 p.m.
The Steam Railroading Institute is offering free tours from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The carnival opens at 3 p.m. and operates until 11 p.m.
Carpetbaggers Row is open from noon until 10 p.m.
The Lego tent, located near Carpetbaggers row is open from 4 to 10 p.m.
Curwood Castle will be open from 2 p.m and will stay open until 10 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
The Curwood Festival is partnering with Main Beverage to put on a wine and cheese party from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Outpost Entertainment Tent.
The group Pryorities will be performing. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
The lineup for the Kids in Curwood Country Parade begins at 6 p.m. at the corner of Dewey and King streets.
Prizes for the parade will be awarded for best overall float and runner up, best overall walking unit and runner up and most creative. This year’s theme is “Life Ducky!”
The parade starts at 7 p.m.
At 8:30 p.m., the four Mr. Owosso contestants will compete in a karaoke contest at the Outpost Entertainment Tent. The tent is open until 1 a.m.
The Shiawassee Family YMCA is hosting runs and walks throughout the day. At 7:30 a.m is a half marathon. At 8:30 a.m is a 5K run and walk and 10K run, and at 10:15 a.m. a fun run.
From 8 a.m. to noon the Owosso Rotary Club will host a flapjack brunch at Owosso Middle School.
The Curwood Dog of the Year contest takes place at 9 a.m. in Collamer Park. Judging will begin at 9:30 a.m. with contestants being judged on best trick, best costume, fastest treat seeker.
There will also be a timed obstacle course, Frisbee toss, and a mini obedience competition.
Awards will be given at the completion of the event. All dogs are welcome to walk in the Heritage Parade. The Dog of the Year may ride in the parade.
The entry fee is $5 per class or $20 for all six. All of the proceeds from the contest will go towards the 4-H dog program
The Steam Railroading Institute will again offer free tours from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Curwood Castle will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and the movie “The Bear” will be showing all day until 4 p.m.
The annual Heritage Parade kicks off at 2 p.m in downtown Owosso.
At 5:30 p.m. in McCurdy Park, the river race with canoes, kayaks and rafts gets underway.
The Mr. Owosso finale is at 6:30 p.m. at the Outpost Entertainment Tent. Admission is $5.
The Youth fishing derby will take place at 9 a.m. on the Shiawassee River. Registration is at 8 a.m. on Jerome Street near the bus garage. Weigh-in is at 11:30 a.m.
The Curwood talent show will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Outpost Entertainment Tent. It’s open to all ages. The entry Fee is $10 per act.
The kids’ tractor pull begins at 2 p.m. with registration taking place at 1 p.m. Ages 3 to 10 are welcome. The duck race takes place at 2 p.m. at the Main Street bridge.