On the second weekend of October each year, Grand Ledge holds my favorite of all the local festivals our community puts on.  It is called the Fall Color Cruise & Island Festival. Normally it takes place on Island Park, but in 2003, the island was under repair, so Fitzgerald Park, and its wonderful staff, stepped in to host the annual event.  And what a great year it was.  In twenty years of participation, I have never seen both the color and the weather cooperate for three full days of veritable perfection.  Though you cannot experience here the smells, the sounds, and the camaraderie which brings so much to this gathering, come at least and enjoy the visual.  Then, if you are close enough to come by, be sure not to miss it when it comes around again.  It is worth the trip, for a great time. 


Welcome to Fall Color Cruise & (Island) Festival


Are you hungry?
Want something to do?
Perhaps you would prefer to see what others are doing?
There's plenty more to see as well . . .
from re-enactors to tractors . . . from animals for petting to animals which pull
people at play and people at work
plus the things they've been workin' on
and . . . even a few folks findin' time to relax.
When you've seen it all, come sit a spell yourself, go for a ride, enjoy the color!



Click here to see additional photographs of color along the river and the riverboat!

And that's not all.  There's even more around town at festival time.

Click on the above picture for Marketplace photos



Special thanks to those appearing in these photos, and the other participants of the festival, including events around town, many of whom I photographed but did not have room to include in these pages (Along with myself at the Teaching & Sharing Center 517-627-7366, the Grand Ledge Area Chamber of Commerce has a CD with the full set of photos taken):  Adventure Helicopters 517-669-5462; Bader & Sons Co. (John Deere) 517-622-2220; Arlene Bragg (portrait artist) 517-627-3795; Dan & Lisa Brownell (fur traders) 269-962-6251; R Thomas Caster (longriflesmith) 517-645-4530; The Cat's Meow (gifts) 517-622-3414; Century 21 Sasse Real Estate 517-627-4075; The Chair Shop 517-627-7200; Christmas Carols (Christmas designs) Carol 517-627-7727 & Lisa 517-627-8547; Comet Youth Tennis 517-944-1008; Owen C Creteau Jr. (blacksmith) 313-538-2265; Ben Davis (Dirty Dog) 269-964-7667; Eaton County Parks 517-627-7351; Ewenigue Creations (hand spun yarn) 517-626-6221; Familee Landscape Supplies 517-627-8978; Fanny's Crafts (old porcelain) 517-622-4066; Kathy Fitzpatrick (jewelry) 517-622-3373; Beverly Greiner & Linda Golrien (Raggedy Ann n' Andys) 517-627-7921; Grand Ledge Area Chamber of Commerce 517-627-2383; Grand Ledge Cooperative Preschool 517-627-7208; Image Projections 517-627-2159; J&K Steamboat 517-627-2154; Leslie Johnson (weaver) 517-663-0357; Kreative Jewels by Kim 517-712-6533; Lazy K Crafts (baskets) 517-669-5433; Ledge Craft Lane (gifts) 517-627-9843; Llively Llamas (4H Club) 517-645-2719; Jan Look (quilter) 269-948-4491; Paul Lowers (blacksmith) 517-663-0357; Yvonne Marsh (Spirit Bear) & Warren Mast (fur traders) 989-662-4589; Judy McKinney (pumpkin crafts) 517-881-1947; McNeilly Photography 517-627-6654; Mike & Steve's Pumpkin Bonanza; Katha Moye (pork rinds) 517-627-4961; National Association of Blind Athletes 517-627-1288; Ruth Nowland (painted golf tees) 517-627-4387; Donna Parsons (wooden crafts) 517-321-6253; Louanne Pelton (nail art) 517-622-5888; Pentecostal Church 517-627-7714; Perk-Up Coffeehouse 517-622-0076; Petal Pushers Floral & Gifts 517-627-9809; Pizza Hut 517-627-1188; Project Lakewell (voyageur encampment) 517-669-3710; The Pumpkin Lady 517-626-6249; Diane Rhodes (Tupperware) 517-627-5935; Mary Sabaj (floral arrangements) 517-676-7234; St. Michael Youth Group (pumpkin sale) 517-627-8493 ext 28; Dade & Coreen Schultz (Draft Horse Mules) 517-543-2594; Dick & Jackie Sheren (classic truck); A Stitch Divine (spinning) 989-855-2694; Kit, Kats & Co 517-272-3143; Jack Worthington (rope making) 517-627-5763.  If you are shown in one of the photos but not listed here, contact me. I will add your information at the next opportunity.  






Y'all come back now ya hear!




Fall Color Cruise & Island Festival Galleries

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