ELSIE — The 2019 Elsie Dairy Festival is moving to a Friday through Sunday schedule this year, rather than Thursday through Saturday as in years past.
Elsie Dairy Festival board president Carolyn Long said the committee in charge believes the move will help attract more people to the longtime festival.
“It’s just the community getting together, its like halfway through the summer and the kids get to see their friends from school again. A lot of the families have reunions during the festival because everyone can go up and see old classmates and there’s also a lot of class reunions because everyone comes back to town,” Long said.
She said the Dairy Festival is important to Elsie.
“It just kinda keeps the community together, working together. It brings attention to our town,” she suggested.
The grand marshals for the 2019 Elsie Dairy Festival Super Parade are Tom and Mary Hughey. The Elsie residents met while studying to become teachers at Central Michigan University.
Tom taught science in Ovid-Elsie schools for 33 years and Mary taught elementary school in Ovid and Elsie for 29 years.
They both continue to be active in the school district by volunteering in various capacities and it’s that dedication to the community that earned them recognition, according to Long.
The action kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday with a village-wide garage sale.
“Everyone has a garage sale going on and you just walk from one house to the next,” Long said.
At noon Friday, the midway opens on Main Street; Schmidt Amusements will be providing the entertainment.
At 7 p.m. Friday, the grand marshals and the 2019 Dairy Festival royalty will be introduced at the main stage.
The three-on-three basketball tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on West Main Street. The tournament includes elementary, middle school, high school and adult brackets. Teams may be co-ed.
The Elsie Dairy Festival Super Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Lineup begins at 8:30 a.m. at Elsie’s park.
Following the parade Saturday, the midway opens at noon.
There is a hog roast at 5 p.m. Saturday at the big tent and it is being put on by the Ovid-Elsie FFA alumni.
The band Double Shot performs Saturday night, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. and from 8:45 to 10 p.m. at the main stage.
In between Double Shot sets, the grand marshals, 2019 Dairy Festival royalty and winners of the raffle will be introduced again at the main stage.
At 10 p.m. Saturday, the Elsie Fire Department will decorate its fire trucks with lights and cruise through town for a light parade.
Sunday activities begin with a church service at 9:30 a.m., hosted by Calvarymen Quartet Community at the main stage.
After the service, the kiddie parade steps off at 1 p.m at the north end of the old junior high school.
The festival concludes Sunday with a performance by The Jack Clarkson Band at 2 p.m. on the main stage.