Off Street Fair celebrates Baldwin Sesquicentennnial

BALDWIN — A full day of rain didn't stop the celebration of Baldwin's Sesquicentennial. The originally planned street fair resumed as an off-street fair. Most of the events were able to move into the Lake County Historical Museum and downtown businesses.

Historical re-enactors at the museum took people to an older era, and volunteers at the museum helped kids make old-fashioned paper crafts. The U.S. Forest Service was on hand with giveaways, and Smokey the Bear made an appearance.

John Marek delighted kids and adults alike with balloon animals. People also enjoyed Will Juggle, with old-time juggling acts.

Other fun features of the day included a corn hole game at Baldwin Lumber, as well as a return of minnow racing, which was introduced this year at Troutarama.

Michigan State University Extension hosted children's games, and the Pathfinder Community Library had a book and bake sale, and historical exhibits.

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St. Ann's Senior Center served up chicken dinners as a fundraiser, and people also were able to get Wesco popcorn, and a variety of produce to buy on the sidewalk downtown.

The plein air art event of business front 876, hosted by 876 and Red Tree Curiosities, still resumed, but for artists to take a picture and complete their painting or drawing from home. The artwork is due Saturday, Aug. 20, at 876.

Along with people shopping sales downtown, musicians livened up the afternoon with old-time tunes.

For more Sesquicentennial events this year, stay tuned in with the Lake County Historical Museum Facebook page.