This year, the Howell Melon Festival has a lot of entertainment for families and adults alike. The festival has been taken over by Pamela L. O’Neil, an artist from Milford and this year the new and improved Fine Arts and Wares Show boasts approximately 60 artists. The show has been moved to Walnut St. off of Grand River, across the street from the historic Howell Opera House.
To compliment the Fine Arts and Wares Show, the Howell Melon Festival will have sidewalk sales up and down Grand River Ave. More than 70 vendors ranging from Relay for Life to hot sauce companies will be on Grand River, selling and promoting many different products and causes.
A new event to the festival this year is the Antique Tractor show which will be taking place from 9am until 4pm on Saturday. The show will have plenty of area tractors and engines as well as an antique oil tanker. The same day there will also be an antique car show down by the train depot.
If you want to ride awesome antique vehicles, you are in luck. There are steam train engine rides, steam boat rides, and trolley rides available to the public. The steam train rides will be going from 10 am until 4 pm Steam boat rides will include lunch, dinner, and moonlight cruises. Trolley rides will go from 11 am until 3 pm Tickets for all of these rides can be purchased online.
There will be lots of live entertainment this year as well. There will be demonstrations throughout Saturday and Sunday as well as music, including festival headliners Annabelle Road and the Sundowners. Both of these bands are alternative country outfits from the great state of Michigan. The Sundowners features Livingston Sensation winner Carolyn Purchase.
Festival organizers guarantee that this year will be better than ever before. ~Brittany Green, Regional Director