UPDATE – Change in Church Service

updatePlease note that the Community Church Service on Sunday at 10:30 has been moved to the Methodist Church because the weather forecast is calling for a 70% chance of thunderstorms.  Everyone is still welcome to come to this community event and enjoy fellowship together, but the location has changed.

We will not be having the picnic or lawn games, as previously planned.

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Pizza Eating Contest

Three Brothers logoThree Brothers Pizza will be sponsoring a Pizza Eating Contest on Saturday, starting at 3:00 in front of the Jason Parks Farm Bureau Insurance Office on Main Street.

Participants must register at the Three Brothers location at 418 S Broadway Street in Middleville.  Ten participants will be allowed to enter and as of this writing, seven of those spots have already been filled.  Participants should arrive at the contest location 30 minutes prior to the start of the competition.

The winner of the contest will receive a $200 cash prize, a trophy, and bragging rights as the biggest pizza eater in Middleville!

Pepperoni Pizza

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Old-Fashioned Games for Adults

UPDATE!  Times have just been added!

It’s time to put away the technology for a while and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun!  We are going to encourage a little physical fun with games like:

  • pie eating contestCherry Seed Spitting Competition – 1:30
  • Hay Bale Toss – 2:00
  • Apple Pie Eating Contest – 2:30
  • Burlap Sack Race – 3:00
  • 3-Legged Race – 3:30

Games will start at 1:30 in the green space between Champs and the Village Hall.

For the purposes of these games, “adult” is age 13 and up.

Medals will be awarded for the top male and female in each category.

Come join in the fun!

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How to Make a Walking Stick

Walking SticksMaster Woodworker, Stan Cordts will be leading two demonstrations on Saturday at 4:30 and 5:15 on the topic, How to Make a Walking Stick in the Thornapple Township Parking Lot.

Stan’s love for woodworking started when he was a kid helping his grandpa. He was a German Mennonite who owned a large farm in Kansas and also built homes in that area. So Stan believes it’s in his blood. After graduating high school, he attended carpenter trade school and received his Journeyman status in 1982.

Stan was a Contractor/Builder in the Middleville/Wayland area building homes and custom-built cabinets, entertainment centers, and fireplace mantels. He retired 3 years ago due to health reasons. He now needs to use a cane, so he started making his own from wood he found on his property and locally.

Stan makes wood walking sticks and canes that are unique and bring him satisfaction because the materials are usually from his back yard. He has found cedar and sassafras. He has also purchased some diamond willow, which comes from Alaska because it’s very unusual. Stan’s favorite walking staff is a piece of sassafras that has insect cankers all up and down it so it looks really weird. He carved an eagle head on the top of it and always get comments on it when he takes it out.

CanesStan has some of his products in The Nature’s Walk craft shop on Chief Noonday Road, just west of the Marathon gas station at Briggs Road.

Sometimes when Stan is out and about, people see a cane he has and he ends up making one for them.

Stan is a member of the Michigan Woodcarvers Association and has taught different classes throughout the years.

He really enjoys making things with wood. He has also made some furniture pieces throughout the years. Additionally, Stan has carved quite a few realistic animal pieces. His carving of a bison even won at the State Fair in Detroit. Stan says that he is not able to carve quite like he used to, but he really enjoys making canes and walking sticks. “It’s great to see other people who use and enjoy the canes I’ve made for them.”


Bison (State Fair Winner)


(Click to enlarge)

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Rotary Duck Race

Middleville Duck Race

The Rotary duck race has been an ongoing fundraiser for the Middleville Rotary Club since about 1990.  It raises about $600 to $1000 annually (depending on the weather during Heritage Days).

The money goes toward local Rotary projects, such as:

      • TKHS senior scholarships
      • Imagination Library in Barry County
      • Kickstart to Careers in Barry County
      • Middleville Food Pantry at the UMC
      • Bike Helmets for Children

There are approximately 200 ducks in the race each year.  The race starts at 3 pm.  The ducks are put in the Thornapple River just below the dam in downtown Middleville. They float about 30 yards, then they are netted near the boat launch.

Each duck costs $5 and can be purchased before Heritage Days from any club member.  They can also be purchased during Heritage Days – just look for the Rotary tent!  The first duck is worth $200, second $100, and third $50.  Buy a duck, support local projects and have fun!

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Nature Trail Walk Down the Riverwalk

Paul Henry TrailThe Nature Trail Walk down the Riverwalk will be a time of discovering the special and unique plants, birds, geology,  animals and other natural features that appear, in season, to trail walkers. Your guide for the Trail Walk will be nature enthusiast, Cal Lamoreaux.

Cal is outdoorsman at heart and interested in all aspects of nature.  He learned how to identify poison ivy at age 4.  Cal is a member of Michigan, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and National Audubon societies; a member of the Michigan Botanical Club, and one of the founders of the Thornapple Trail Association. Additionally, Cal is the founder of the Michigan Paddling Council a member of the North Country Trail Association, and the American Volkssport Association.  Cal is also a retired high school teacher, engineer, marine mechanic, and “starving artist”.  As a hobby, Cal likes to place and find geocaches. There are 1,050 geocaches around Middleville.

The Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail has been called the most beautiful railtrail in Michigan since much of it follows and offers many views of the Thornapple River. It is the product of years of efforts by many people. Work continues to connect Grand Rapids with Hastings, Vermontville, and Eaton Rapids, a distance of over 40 miles, and to link this Trail with other trails in West Michigan.

If you would like to download a checklist of plants and animals you might see during your nature walk, you can do so here.

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Cowboy Songs & Gospel Roundup

Hosea playing guitarHosea Humphrey has been playing guitar since he was 15 years old.  Little did he know the adventures that music would take him on throughout his life!

While Hosea is very humble about his long and accomplished musical career, some of the highlights are worth mentioning for listeners to fully appreciate their listening experience.

Hosea is local to the Middleville/Hastings area, so many of you may have seen him perform at the Allegan County Fair or at local churches throughout the years.  He performed at the Gull Lake Bible Conference for a month in 1993 while Dr. David Jeremiah was there and was a regular for about 10 years at the Arby’s in Hastings when they consistently had live music to dine by.  Over the years, he became good friends with Ray Overholt, with whom he traveled and performed.  In 1999, Hosea was given the honor of being inducted into the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame.

Gospel Song Roundup 60th AnniversaryPerhaps what Hosea is known best for, however, is his radio show, “Gospel Song Roundup” which has been running consistently for 61 years now on WBCH out of Hastings, Michigan.  He has also been on radio stations in Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

You can still listen to Hosea singing and playing his guitar on WBCH (AM 1220) on Sunday mornings and find him at the Big Rock Barn in Martin, Michigan on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 pm during the open mic jam session.

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Kids World

Kids WorldThis is the 3rd year Middleville Churches have come together to offer a fun time for the children of our town. The churches involved include:

  • Middleville United Methodist
  • Middleville Christian Reformed
  • Journey Church
  • TVC Middleville
  • Leighton United Methodist Church
  • Gun Lake Community Church

Activities will take place in the green space between the Village Hall and Champs on Saturday, August 17 from 2:30 – 4:30.

  • Face PaintingFace Painting
  • Airbrush Tattoos
  • Hair coloring and braiding
  • Corn box treasures
  • Crafts
  • Old fashioned games
  • Children’s Scavenger Hunt
  • Family Scavenger Hunt with Gift Card Prizes!
  • Free drinks and snacks

The Family Scavenger Hunt will offer between 24-40 prizes which are ($25 each) to help with back to school expenses, including gift cards from Meijer, Target, Family Fare, D&W, and WalMart.

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Local Restaurant Grab-N-Go Bags

Many of the local restaurants throughout Middleville will have grab-n-go lunch options. Simply visit the restaurant or booth, order and pay, and take your meal to go! Enjoy your meal at the pavilion or picnic tables throughout the downtown area.



Friday 5:00-8:00

Jambayla $10 or Spinach Dip $8
(both served with naan chips)

Saturday 12:00-3:00
and 5:00-8:00

Jambayla $10 or Spinach Dip $8
(both served with naan chips)



Friday 5:00-8:00

Any Sub and Pop $5

Saturday 5:00-8:00

BOGO Pizza (Carry out ONLY)
(Lesser or equal to same value)



Friday 11:00-5:00

Pulled Pork Sandwich, Smoked Beans, & Coleslaw – layered together $7

Saturday 11:00-5:00

Pulled Pork Sandwich, Smoked Beans, & Coleslaw – layered together $7



Friday 5:00-8:00

Ribs, Brisket, Mac & Cheese $6

Saturday 5:00-8:00

Ribs, Brisket, Mac & Cheese $6



Friday 5:00-8:00

Sloppy Joes, Chips, & Dessert $5







Saturday 11:00-2:00

Chicken Salad Sandwich with Chips $5
Muffins $1.50
Cookies $1





Saturday 11:00-2:00
and 4:00-7:00

6″ Sub, Chips, Cookie, and Drink $7


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Fox 17 Coverage: Celebrate Middleville Heritage Days August 16-18

Middleville Heritage Days promises to bring traditions of the past and exciting promises of the future together in one weekend.

This year’s event promises to be the most event-packed Heritage Days ever with ongoing demonstrations and activities of interest to Midvillians and others in three days of celebrating the best of small-town living and remembering the village’s past.

Friday features are a Classic Car Cruise-in, music by the “Whatabouts Band” and The Jungle Book at the “Pajamas in the Park” movie.

Saturday has non-stop activities and a dozen demonstrations in several locations in the village repeated during the day so there’s no need to miss a show.

See how to make a perfect pie crust, a stained glass window or make balloon animals, create a quilt, make perfect pizza dough and much more.  Some teach a talent, others are just for fun, like the ventriloquist who will put on two shows.

There will also be the Heritage Days 5k/10k trail run and Youth Fun Run.

Then on Sunday morning, enjoy an old-fashioned church service and (bring your own) picnic.


Source: https://fox17online.com/2019/08/05/celebrate-middleville-heritage-days-august-16-18/

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Artisan Demonstrations

For more information, watch for links coming soon below!  Artisan Demonstrations will take place in the North Pavilion, the South Pavilion, the Thornapple Township Parking Lot, and at the Gazebo.  Please check the Schedule for the location of each demonstration.

Most demonstrations will be held twice, so you have two chances to see them, in case there are two that you would like to see at the same time.  We have allowed 15 minutes of walking time between demonstrations.

Demonstrations will include:

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Sand Volleyball Tournament

FREE Event hosted by TVC


WHAT: Co-Ed 4 vs. 4 teams volleyball tournament

WHO: Anyone 18+ – One Female on the court at all times

WHERE: TVC Middleville – 20 State Street, Middleville

HOW: Pre-register your team before August 9 and receive FREE t-shirts for you and your teammates. Register at www.tvcweb.com/events

WHEN: Team registration will begin on campus on Saturday, August 17 at 9:00 am.  All teams check-in for the game schedule and t-shirts, even if pre-registered.

More information – Click Here

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Cornhole Tournament

The Cornhole Tournament will take place in the middle of Main Street, starting at 3:00 on Saturday, until all teams are finished. Registration is $5.00 per team and all registration fees collected will be split between the winning team and the second-place team.


  1. This tournament is for Adults only.  All players must be at least 18 years old to enter.
  2. Rules to be followed are listed below.  All judges’ decisions are final.

What In The World Is Cornhole?



Full Cornhole Court Layout


Game Play

  1. Doubles play – partners shall stand at opposite cornhole boards on the same side.
  2. Singles play – both players will throw from the same board.
  3. Each team will have 4 bags of one color, all 8 cornhole bags begin at one end.
  4. Honors is determined by bag toss.
  5. Teams take alternate throws until all 8 bags have been thrown.
  6. Teams then count the points scored during the round or inning.
  7. After scoring, the teams on the opposite end will then take their turns in the same manner.
  8. The team scoring the most points in the previous round will throw first to start the turn.
    Note: A bag that bounces on to the board should be removed before the next player tosses.
  9. Play continues until either team reaches the 21 points.


3 Points – A bag that goes through the hole all the way. This is called a Cornhole.

1 Point – A bag that remains on the playing surface or is hanging into the hole but not completely through the hole or a bag that is hanging off the edge of the platform, but does not touch the ground. This is called a Cow Pie.

0 Points – A bag that either hits the ground before coming to rest on the platform or a bag that is on the playing surface but is also touching the ground or a bag that is hanging off the platform and is on or touched a cornhole bag that is on the ground.

Only the Highest Scoring team receives points. The difference of both teams’ scores is the score given to the highest-scoring team. If both teams score the same amount, no team will receive any points. Example – Team “A” has a cornhole. Team “B” has a Cow Pie. Team “A” is the highest-scoring team and receives 2 points (3 minus 1).


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Pajamas in the Park & Family Movie

Disney’s – The Jungle Book (2016)

Rated PG | Running Time: 1 hr, 46 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Jungle Book Poster

After a threat from the tiger, Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and the free-spirited bear Baloo.

Do you remember the fun of a drive-in movie?  There aren’t many around these days, but there was nothing like it!

You got to wear PJs outside, hang out under the stars, and stay up super late! Oh…and have popcorn!  Amazing fun!

What’s even better – they are lifetime memory makers!  They are something we remember well into adulthood…those drive-in movies…the tents in the back yard.  It’s those old fashioned, family moments that feed our memories and light up our hearts.

So, bring the whole family down to the pavilion for a free showing of this award-winning 2016 Disney movie!  Yes, the kids can wear their pajamas, if they want!

Bring your friends and neighbors – we have plenty of popcorn and bottles of water for everyone!

The movie starts at 9:00 pm on Friday night!


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5K/10K Trail Run & Youth Fun Run


Get Active! Stay Active! Registration for the Heritage Days River Run is now open and available at www.taprc.org. Active individuals and families can now register for the 5K run or walk or 10K run being held in downtown Middleville on Saturday, August 17 at 8:00 am.

This race has been held annually in conjunction with Middleville Heritage Days. The route takes in the scenic beauty of the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail as an “out and back” course staying on the paved trail making the route very flat and fast. Water stops are at the 5K and 10K turnarounds.

Early registration is now open for $20.00 until August 16th at Noon. Late registration is available on the morning of the event for $25.00 at the gazebo in Stagecoach Park from 6:30 am to 7:45 am. Register early to be guaranteed a race shirt.

BACK THIS YEAR: We have a $10.00 Fun Run for Kids. This out and back race begins at 8:00 am. Participants are encouraged to wear their TAPRC Sports Jersey. Participants will not receive a Heritage Days 5K t-shirt.

Raffle prizes are back again this year by popular demand! Every runner has the chance to win something fun to take home!

Timing is being provided by the Thornapple Kellogg Cross Country coaches and team members. Overall event winners receive a trophy while age group winners receive a medal. Email Race Director, Kristen Cove at kristen.cove@gmail.com with questions. Hope to see you out there!

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Heritage Days Craft Show

Saturday, August 17 – 9:00am-5:00pm

High Street ~ Middleville, MI

Crafts * Jewelry * Homemade Goodies * Local Vendors

Remember When….  Remember when things were less automatic and we had to make things by hand?  Unique, one of a kind items that made our house a HOME.  Remember when you waited for the berries to ripen so you could make jam for the year or what about taking old items and turning them into something different and useful.   Ah yes….remember when!   We have many crafters and vendors that would love to offer their homemade items and wares to you. Come out and support your local crafters and vendors to find that perfect unique gift that you didn’t realize you were missing.

Craft Show ImageTimes have changed and although those memories are wonderful and we still cherish the ability to find that perfect item for yourself or maybe a gift for a friend we also enjoy browsing the ready-made vendor items that we just don’t normally find.  So whether you prefer to feel nostalgic or you prefer to browse the local vendors, Middleville Heritage Days craft show is the place to be!

But be careful, you may find yourself inspired.

We invite all local crafters and vendors to participate and inspire our community.  To reserve your booth, submit the Crafters Registration form and payment of $20.00 no later than August 10, 2019. 

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Pie Baking Contest

Pie Baking Contest

Love pie? Love baking? Then join Community West Credit Union for the Middleville Heritage Days Pie Baking Contest on Saturday, August 17! That’s right, a pie baking contest with an opportunity for some pie eating, too!

Bakers across West Michigan are invited to submit their best homemade pie for a chance to win a special prize along with bragging rights. There’s no better way to celebrate community than with baking a treat that is considered “the most traditional American dessert”.

As Sweet as Pie

During the Middleville Heritage Days, come and go from 1:45 – 4:00 pm at the Downtown Pavilion for a pie-filled afternoon. Those interested in baking must enter their homemade pie from noon – 1 pm. Judges Panel Tasting will begin at 1:45 pm to see who will win the judges favorite. The community is invited to join the tasting from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and cast their vote for community favorite. Be sure to stick around to hear the winners announced at 3:30 pm!

Easy as Pie

Entering is easy! Interested bakers can register online anytime or in-person during pie drop-off from noon – 1 pm at the Downtown Pavilion. Cost is $5 per entry, which is due August 17 when dropping off the pie.

The Perfect Pie

The scale for judging is 1-5.  Winners have the highest score of combined criteria:

  • Taste: Properly sweetened, proper thickness and flavor.
  • Presentation: Eye-appeal, aroma, finishing techniques and doneness of filling.
  • Pastry: Flakiness of crust, tender, properly done and flavor.

Bring your pie in an 8” – 10” pie tin (disposable is preferred).  We are not responsible for lost, damaged or broken pie pans. You may pick up your pie to take home starting at 4:15 pm. We are not responsible for pies or containers left behind.

Jeremy and Amanda - WCSGIf you are a winner, you give your permission to have your photo taken and acknowledge it can be used for promotional materials, online and on social media.

Beauty is in the pie of the beholder, and this year, the panel judging your pies on the criteria will also include Jeremy and Amanda from 91.3 WCSG radio.

A Piece of the Pie

Not interested in baking but still want to be involved? The event can’t go on without you! Join us for Community Tasting from 2:00 – 4:00 to cast your vote for the best pie. Tasting tickets are 3 for $1. Enjoy yummy homemade pies and give a piece of your mind!

Abide Pie the Rules

It’s time to get serious about pie! Pie entries must be summer season fruit and produce or nut-based pies.  Pies requiring refrigeration will NOT be accepted (i.e. dairy, cream, and meat pies). Ingredients used must not contain any artificial ingredients, coloring ingredients, or chemical preservations. Click here for complete details.

Entries accepted between noon-1: 00 pm –  Saturday, Aug 17, at the Downtown Pavilion.

Your entry must include:  (index cards will be available at the pie entry drop off-area)

  • The title of your pie
  • Your name & phone number

Registration forms and $5.00 fee due at time of entry drop off. For those who register online, we will have a confirmation form for you to sign.


Prizes/acknowledgments are awarded for:
  1. The judges top pick, “A Slice Above” and runner up, “Berry Delicious”.
  2. The Community Choice, “Pie-tastic” and runner up, “Berry Good”.
  3. The “Double Crust” award is given out should the same pie win both the Judges and Community Choice categories.

Questions? Please call: 616-261-5657 OR, email marketing@communitywestcu.org

Community West Credit Union

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