Whiteford moving Community Days to park

By Doug Donnelly
OTTAWA LAKE – Whiteford Township’s third Community and Antique Power Days will move to a new location in 2014.
The Whiteford-Stoneco Community Park will be home to the show this year and it gives the township a chance to showcase its 96-acre park, Supervisor Walter Ruhl said.
“The park is a great place for the community and moving our community event to the park will only help our residents – and residents from other communities – get to see it first-hand,” Ruhl said. “We are making improvements out there and plan more improvements.”
The Community and Antique Power Days will be Sept. 13-14, 2014, mainly on the northwest corner of the park, located at Sterns and Whiteford Rds. A committee has been meeting for months to organize events and the township board recently gave its approval for the park to be the host. It was formerly held on the grounds of Michigan Technical Resource Park at Yankee and Clark Rds., the former Dana world headquarters.
The show will run from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14.
The township is lining up food vendors, a craft show and a consignment auction, plus a stable of entertainment, including bands, a tractor parade, pony rides and monster truck rides. A first adult softball tournament is in the works, plus the usual lineup of antique tractors and antique steam engines will be on display. For the first time, antique cars will be part of the lineup as well.
“There is a lot of room for all of the activities that we want to do,” Ruhl said. “The antique car show will be a big hit. It’s new, plus there is a lot of interest in antique cars in this area. We expect a good showing.”
The township board is considering making additional improvements to the park before the September event. Ruhl said those will be announced later.
For more information, contact Whiteford Township Supervisor Walter Ruhl at (734) 854-2416.