Kingsley ramps up for annual August Fest
KINGSLEY — August Fest kicks off Friday, Aug. 10, in downtown Kingsley with an ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kingsley State Bank on the corner of Second Street and Main Street.
“It’s a town celebration,” said Karen Lindgren with the Kingsley Chamber of Commerce. “We hope they have a good time, to see what a small town is like.”
The festivities continue that evening with a Kingsley Kick Off Car Show and BBQ Cook-Off, both at the cross section of 2nd Street and Main Street.
“We wanted to keep thing together,” Lindgren said. “Being a small town, we wanted to have everyone be in contact with each other and have fun.”
The BBQ Cook-Off will feature Baby Back Ribs and pork sandwiches with potato salad, baked beans, homemade pie and ice cream. Local barbequers and pie bakers will be submitting their items for judging prior to being served at 5 p.m.
For the BBQ Cook-Off, the first place winner will receive $250, second — $150, and third — $100. The first place winner of the pie baking contest will receive $150, where second will get $100, and third $50.
While the small community has had previous celebrations in the past, this is the inaugural ‘August Fest.’
“They’ve had an annual celebration for years,” explained Amy Verschoor, one of the August Fest volunteers. “We just changed it to August. We hoped it would be a good time, that ball would be over and things have slowed down a bit for the community and right before school starts.”
The two-day event contains loads of fun for the entire family.
“Pretty much everything is free,” Verschoor said. “And there’s different kids activities going on all around town — kids games, water fights, open swim.”
“We’ve tried to include small children to adults in our activities,” Lindgren added.
August Fest continues Saturday, Aug. 11, with a color run at 10 a.m.
Participants can walk, skip, or run the colorful two-mile course beginning on Main Street for $5.
“We wanted to try something different,” Verschoor said. “We wanted something that would be fun for kids of all ages and adults. We hope people dress up for it. A lot of people wear white for the color.”
Afterward, the Kingsley Fire Department will host water fights from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., perfect for kids to interact with their local firemen.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees can enjoy the craft show, where they can peruse vendors like Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, and Wolfs Den Jewelry. Meanwhile, kid’s games feature a dunk tank, minnow races, pickleball demos and more from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Abu Bekr Shriner’s will be present during the parade at 2 p.m., after which attendees can enjoy free watermelon sponsored by the Kingsley Community Action Club.
The second Ice Cream Social of the weekend is hosted by the Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the free frozen dessert from 4-7 p.m. Free-will donations are appreciated.
At 5 p.m., everyone is welcome to a chamber community meal serving sweet corn and hamburgers by Plymouth County Cattleman’s.
The event will conclude with a street dance and live music from Something NEW at 8 p.m. through midnight.