The annual Richmond 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, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 11. This year marks the 53rd 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, carnival rides and games, and fireworks on Saturday night. This year’s fireworks are sponsored by Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals.
New to the festival this year is a vintage market in Bailey Park across the street from the Good Old Days Barn. The market opens at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 and continues through Sunday. The market includes vintage, re-purposed, up-cycled and recycled antiques; shabby, chic artisans; and more!!!
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 blowout 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 at the businesses listed on the ball.
At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, The Great Michigan Parade, which has been voted Michigan’s Best Small Town Parade numerous times by the Detroit News, takes place. The parade has a wonderful reputation for its unique entries of 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 an Antique Car Cruise on Thursday and Outhouse Races on Friday night.
For a full listing of events, visit the festival website at www.richmondgoodolddaysfestival.org or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/richmondgoodolddaysfestival/.
Other festival contact information:
Richmond Area Good Old Days Festival
P.O. Box 271
Richmond, MI 48062
Festival telephone: (586) 727-1320
Jon Moore is the city manager of the city of Richmond.