Two things we wanted to do more of since ditching suburbia were volunteering and visiting small-town fairs and festivals.
Sadly, we missed the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival in Colorado in mid-May, but thankfully we were solidly in place for Fremont, Michigan’s National Baby Food Festival.
Why Celebrate Baby Food?
Fremont is the home of Gerber Baby Food. The company was founded here in 1927 and although now owned by Nestle continues to be the main employer in the area.
In addition to a parade, car show, music and festival rides the festival features baby-related events in the form of a crawl, photo contest, baby food eating contest, and cooking contest with baby food ingredients.
Since we were going to be here for the event I decided we’d marry up our desire to volunteer with attending the festival and volunteer to help run it. We dutifully filled out our applications and ended up:
- Staffing events for kids
- Manning an information table
- Selling Gerber items
- Ferrying people around by golf cart
- Cooking and serving at a community picnic
- Directing traffic to events that had moved