Source: Sherman Publications

Plenty of Good Times in Goodrich—Aug. 25

by Ashley St. Aubin

August 15, 2012

This Saturday, Aug. 25, Good Times in Goodrich is back and promises another year of good food and family fun.

Hundreds are expected to gather in downtown Goodrich to watch the parade, enjoy a band or two, and visit with the locals. The array of entertainment also includes an all-day craft show, marketplace vendors, and walking tour of the cemetery.

The main attraction for those in attendance is the Technology Petting Zoo sponsored by the Genesee District Library. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Goodrich Librarian Meagan Brown will be on hand with an interactive display featuring a variety of mobile devices such as the Kindle, Nook, and Smartphone. The petting zoo gives locals a chance to be hands-on with the newest technology while promoting the importance of reading. These devices can all be used to access the library’s popular downloadable book and music services.

New this year will be amusement rides provided by Schmidt Amusements located in the parking lot near the bus garages and Reid Elementary. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the rides will be ready for those seeking a thrill.

The Village of Goodrich Flag Area Dedication is also a new addition to Good Times in Goodrich. The display is dedicated to the residents of the Village of Goodrich as well as those who have served our country in the armed forces. The flag dedication ceremony includes opening remarks by Eagle Scout Hunter Hansz, procession of Veterans, 21 gun salute, and the raising of the flags by Troop 128 Scouts. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. on Aug. 25.

An old favorite, back yet again, is the Bake-Off Contest. Portions of the proceeds go to benefit the food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Ribbons will be awarded and one grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate.To download the entry form visit or stop in at the Village of Goodrich Offices, Cranberries Café, Atlas Township Offices, Kearsley Creek Café, Goodrich Library, John’s Steakhouse, Moo Cow Ice Cream or The Bull Ring. The entry fee is $5.

Stephanie Jones, owner of Moo Cow Ice Cream, 8233 S. State Road, Goodrich, is looking forward to this year’s events and bringing the local community together.

“I think it’s important to celebrate our local businesses and people,” said Jones. “Good Times in Goodrich shows what our town has to offer and is a chance to be a part of everything Goodrich. There is something for all ages and many free activities for kids.”

The Moo Cow Pie Eating Contest as well as the Banana Split Eating Contest is the perfect occasion for those with a sweet tooth. Pre-register by e-mailing Entry is free for the pie eating contest and $5 for the banana split contest.

“This year, the winner will receive a variety of prizes including a Moo Cow t-shirt and gift certificate,” adds Jones about the pie eating contest. “Its hilarious to watch.”

Booths are still available for those interested in being a part of Good Times in Goodrich.