National Baby Food Festival

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
Great colors against a dramatic sky - but no rain the entire week

Great colors against a dramatic sky - but no rain the entire week

One of our new local friends manning the grill

One of our new local friends manning the grill

Miranda runs a hula-hooping station

Miranda runs a hula-hooping station

MsBoyink and I run a lawn bowling station

MsBoyink and I run a lawn bowling station

Harrison ran a ring toss station

Harrison ran a ring toss station

We sampled a few concerts during the week

We sampled a few concerts during the week

Fremont Sign

Fremont Sign

Ticket to ride..

Ticket to ride..

Main street Fremont entirely filled with a street fair

Main street Fremont entirely filled with a street fair

Work (grain silos) and play in one photo

Work (grain silos) and play in one photo

Harrison manning a golf cart

Harrison manning a golf cart

This would be an interesting RV...

This would be an interesting RV...

Parade selfie

Parade selfie

Bringing up the rear of the parade

Bringing up the rear of the parade

Paraded

The funny moment for the boy and I was ending up IN the parade as part of the volunteer golf-cart grande finale.  I’m not sure either of us had “be in a parade” on our bucket lists but maybe we’ll put it there just so we can check it off.

Volunteering has been a fun thing to do - there have definitely some learning moments in different ways, but we’ll continue to look for these types of opportunities to volunteer as we can fit them in.

Do You Volunteer?

Have you volunteered at a festival? What kind?

2 Comments National Baby Food Festival

  1. Picture of JenniJenniJuly 24, 2014

    I love small town America stuff.  If—make that, when we get another go around of the US I definitely want to do more stuff like this. 

    On a selfish note, I am glad you missed the Mike the Headless Chicken thing because that means perhaps we can all enjoy it together after we move and you get out to visit.  Also, if you’re willing to come to CO in the winter there is a Fruitcake Throwing Festival in Manitou Springs.

  2. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkJuly 24, 2014

    We do intend to celebrate Mike..;)

    The winter in CO…that one you’d have to convince MsBoyink and that’s a tough job right there…

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