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Beets, Beats & Eats 2013

May 29, 2013 - Ortonville- Summer returns this month, as well as Beets, Beats & Eats, the 12-week Friday night extravaganza.

The event that features food, music, vendors and fun themes kicks off its 8th annual season June 14 at Crossman Park in the village with an art contest sponsored by Art of Life and a taco dinner provided by the Edna Burton Senior Center.

"Everything keeps getting a little bigger and better every year," said DDA Director Molly LaLone. "It's a lot of fun. As always, acoustic musicians are welcome to join us in the park for an open jam session. Come out and visit vendors, get fresh fruits and vegetables, check out arts and crafts and enjoy dinner in the park. It's the best way to spend Friday night."

LaLone is excited about the art contest, which she said showcases the local talent. Entries for the art contest will be accepted at Art of Life, 391 Mill St., from June 5 to 3 p.m., June 14 during regular store hours. Original 2-dimensional art including drawings, painting and mixed media accepted, no larger than 18x24 inches. Entry is free for artists 17 and under. There is a $10 fee per artwork for artists 18 and over. Entries by adult artists must be framed, and matting or framing is encouraged for younger artists.

There are cash prizes, ribbons and certificates for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each of five age groups (5-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, and 18 and over).

Other themed evenings throughout the season include kid's night (June 21 and 28, July 26, and Aug. 30), Desert Angel packing party, July 5; Talent Show, July 12; Healing Arts, July 19; Tractor Show, Aug. 2; Quilt Show, Aug. 9; Pet Night, Aug. 16; and Garden Exchange, Aug. 23.

Dinners will be provided by businesses and organizations including the Edna Burton Senior Center, Papa Bella's Pizza, Sundance Grill, Cranberries Cafe, and MacPhee's Restaurant. Dinner costs vary.

Market Manager Debbie Baker is excited about the return of Scott Farm to BB&E. The Brandon farmers will bring with them an even bigger selection of fresh, locally grown produce, including tomatoes, onions, peppers and squash. Other returning vendors include Porter's

Susan covers Brandon Township and Ortonville
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