The annual Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival is the highlight of summer for many people. Our festival is known for offering a wide variety of events throughout each of the four days. It was voted Michigan’s Best Small Town Festival. The festival falls on the weekend after Labor Day and runs Thursday, September 10, through Sunday, September 13. This year marks the 52th anniversary of the festival. There is no general admission charge for entering the festival grounds.
The opening ceremony kicks off on Thursday evening with our Little Miss Richmond pageant on the festival stage located at the grounds. Other highlights during the four days include a bump-and-run derby on Thursday night, a figure-8 demolition derby on Friday, a traditional demolition derby Saturday afternoon, musical entertainment both in the beverage tent and on the festival stage, carnival rides and games, and fireworks on Saturday night.
Our parades travel down Main Street starting on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the Children’s Parade. Following the Children’s Parade is a huge ping pong blow-out for children 10 and under. Thousands of ping pong balls are fired from a hopper. Child-size prizes are listed on each ball and may be redeemed at the festival grounds, or the businesses listed on the ball.
On Sunday, September 13 at 1:30 p.m., is The Great Michigan Parade which has been voted Michigan’s Best Small Town Parade numerous times by the Detroit News. The parade has a wonderful reputation for its unique entries, upwards of 25 marching bands, and fabulous floats. The 25 marching bands make it Michigan’s largest musical marching parade.
Other events in the downtown area along Main Street include Outhouse Races on Friday night, Antique Car Show on Thursday, and Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Masonic Lodge on Sunday.
For a full listing of events visit the festival website at www.richmondgoodolddaysfestival.org,
Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival
P.O. Box 271
Richmond, MI 48062
Telephone: (586) 727-1320
Jon Moore is city manager for Richmond and involved in putting the Richmond Good Old Days Festival together.