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!

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.

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.



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:

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!