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It's our 3rd year out in the quaint and beautiful town of Ravenna to help spread the word about their annual town festival called Dog Daze and Cruise Night.  It would seem too that we came along to make some friends just in time when we did, because what's happening in Ravenna is truly awesome and to see the community coming together like they are and rallying behind the Ravenna Lions Club to help this one day event grow.... well, it's the kind of stuff movies are made about.  2024 sees Dog Daze move from a late Friday event to an all day Saturday event with more to do for everyone, and the invite for you to enjoy some small town charm, is right here.

  

 

Chris Fortier of the Ravenna Lions is once again our guest and we meet up right where we have the last year or so, right by the stunning water wheel in Thatcher Park.  Thatcher Park is a beautifully maintained park in Ravenna that will be seeing it's own portion of Dog Daze this year.  The arts and crafts vendors will be moving there for the all day affair on July 13th to display and sell the creative items or maybe home made goods that everyone loves.  It's an expansion of the event that will allow for a much bigger space for the car show, pedestrians to walk about, shop keepers to remain open and eyes to look around town to see where it could grow a little more next year.  They have expanded the food truck area.....lots of tasty eats to be had!  All day will be filled with things to do beginning at 12n.  The cruise in begins, the "beverage tent" opens and the raffles and swag giveaway's ensue.  Kids activities begin at 4 and the Lions Club will once again be providing visions screening for kids, free.  From 6-8 you'll see the winners of the car show announced as well as the raffle prizes for the kids and then the party gets underway with ID10T5 at 8p under that "beverage tent".

The Lions Club in Ravenna does an incredible amount of work in the community.  Chris tells us about their philanthropic endeavors including park beautification, adding or bleachers in places to accommodate spectators at games and of course the Lions commitment to vision.  That's the national push, but locally they are a tight group of people who work tirelessly to keep Ravenna beautiful and hold that small town charm, and it's working.  The growth is apparent, there are new houses going up with young families getting in.  The farm land is vast and productive and if you joined us a month or so ago for the story that came out about the Ravenna Livestock Auction.....you know that the hearts of the community are in the right place.  

Ravenna, It's a special place in Muskegon County.  It's a place you should visit and see what's going on and then stop and stay a while for a relaxing experience among truly hard working and good people who maintain such a picturesque corner of the county while having so many good business that thrive and people who are committed to keeping food on the table through their work.  There is still a chance to help sponsor this event if you are interested, or be a vendor, you can check out the links on their website.

CLICK HERE to visit the Ravenna Dog Daze webiste.  CLICK HERE to visit the Ravenna Dog Daze Facebook page.  

 

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