METAMORA COUNTRY DAYS
Activities at this year’s festival will include many old favorites. About 20 to 25 hot air balloons will be taking off to race in the Hare and Hound balloon race on both Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning a little after 6 p.m. Festival patrons will also be able to walk through the hot air balloon field behind the Metamora Lions Hall to get a close look at the balloons and talk to pilots. However, visitors are asked be respectful of the pilots and their equipment while they enjoy learning about the balloons.
One of the highlights of the festival will be the wide variety of live music, beginning at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 with the “Houston” Coyote Ugly band on the Harmer Park Stage. Six-year-old Joey Diaz, an Elvis impersonator, will be performing at 5 p.m. Aug. 24 in the Lions Hall Pavilion and at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25 on the Harmer Park Stage. At 6 p.m. Aug. 24, Karl Gubert and Ron Barnard will be playing bagpipes at the balloon launch field, and the Barn Cats will perform at 9 p.m. that night and the next at the Lions Hall Pavilion.
On Aug. 25, Jaime Marvin will perform at 1 p.m. on the Harmer Park stage, Ellie Burel will perform at 3 p.m. on the Harmer Park Stage, and the Harmony Gateway Chorus will also perform at 3 p.m. in the Old Historic Town Hall. Mariah Wallace will perform at 3:30 p.m. on the Harmer Park Stage, and at 4 p.m., the 3rd Degree Burns band will perform at the Old Historic Town Hall.
At 11 a.m. Aug. 25, there will be a parade, featuring the Lapeer East band along with Grand Marshal Weston Wickham. Wickham, 69, has been the chairman of the Metamora Area Chamber of Commerce for the past four years, is the treasurer of the Metamora Downtown Development Authority and is active in a number of different organizations. Miss Metamora, Vanessa Sheatzley, and her court will also be in the parade. Before the parade, at 10 a.m. in the Harmer Park Gazebo, pets will do tricks, show off their costumes or just look cute in an attempt to earn prizes in Dr. Gubert’s “Pet Palooza” contest.
Kids can enjoy activities throughout the festival, such as the $5 all-day inflatable slide and bounce house at Lions Hall, a bike-decorating contest at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 25 on the High Street Eatery lawn, face painting from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Harmer Park gazebo, “olde time” games in the Harmer Park tent from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Harmer Park tent, and a petting zoo and pony rides from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on Oak Street.
For the adventurous spirit, helicopter rides will be offered for $35 per person from 1-6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Lions Hall Field, and those who prefer to stay on the ground can grab a carriage ride from Pinecrest Percherons from the village to Lions Hall between 1 and 5 p.m. Aug. 25.
Look for a full schedule of events on the Metamora Area Chamber of Commerce website, www.metamorachamber.org