Baldwin Street Fair to celebrate town's sesquicentennial

Photo: Downtown Baldwin will be bustling with activity during a street fair to celebrate the town's sesquicentennial.

Photo: Downtown Baldwin will be bustling with activity during a street fair to celebrate the town's sesquicentennial.

Star photo/Shanna Avery

BALDWIN — Anyone looking for summer fun and activity, downtown Baldwin will be bustling with an old-fashioned street fair in celebration of the town's sesquicentennial this Saturday.

The celebration will be 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, on Michigan Ave. between 7th and 8th streets, which will be closed to traffic. Parking will be available on side streets, the alley and the Lake County Historical Museum parking lot. 

Some of the activities include minnow races from 5-7 p.m. — which were a hit at Troutarama —in theme with Baldwin's fishing heritage. There will be crafts and sidewalk chalk art, caricatures, balloon animals, old-fashioned children's games, corn hole games and a plein air painting event by Red Tree Curiosities and 876. Participants will try their hands at the 876 restaurant facade. Contact Red Tree Curiosities for an entry form.

Folks also will get to enjoy live entertainment from historical re-enactors from the 1860s-1900s including Hank Rudd, Andy Horujko and (Civil War era) Julia Wheelock. Smokey the Bear will be present, and Michigan Wheelemen will swirl through the streets with big-wheeled bicycles from 4-6 p.m. Strolling musicians including John Peterson, Gary Truxton and the Pine Stump Savages, Stan Rutkowski and Dennis Jackson will liven up Michigan Avenue with old-timey tunes.

Visitors can check out sales and markets, such as a sidewalk sale at Northern Treasures, vintage building materials at Baldwin Lumber, book and bake sale at Pathfinder Community Library along with historic exhibits and their garden open house.

With all the activity stirring up appetites, there will be a chicken barbecue at St. Ann's Senior Center from 2-7 p.m., or people can snack on Wesco popcorn offered at the fair, or browse the fresh produce provided by LaPoint Farms, the Chase Tiki Hut and Snapped P Produce.

Downtown shops also will be open later for the occasion so folks can have fun shopping. Many downtown businesses are involved in the fair as well, such as 876, Red Tree Curiosities, Pandora's Box, MSU Extension, U.S. Forest service, Baldwin Lumber and more.