Food trucks, crafters, car show and basketball tournament will all be in Howard City on Saturday

HOWARD CITY — This village will be home to a host of fun activities on Saturday, from a food truck rally to crafters to a car show to a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars of Muskegon will be among the many featured food trucks at a food truck rally Saturday in the parking lot behind the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library. — Submitted photo

The parking lot behind Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library will be the site of the food trucks and craft vendors from 9 am to 5 pm, while the car show will be featured along Edgerton and White streets, and Off-Season Sports Academy will host the basketball tournament. The cost for parking is $5, with proceeds to be split 50-50 between the Masonic Lodge and the village of Howard City to match a grant for a pad.

“All around the library there will be like 45 craft vendors, and there are over 200 cars in the car show,” Library Director Cheryl Smith said.

Featured food trucks will include Porkenstein of Newaygo with pulled pork and various sides; Olly’s Donuts and the Around Baking Company of Grand Rapids; Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars of Muskegon; S&D Concessions of Reed City serving deep-fried hoagies; Kona Ice which serves shaved ice; Taqueria El Azteca; DD MacGee’s; and Kool Breeze.

“We have DD MacGee, a firefighter from the Croton Fire Department who owns a food truck and specializes in burgers,” Library Programs Director Cricket Stevenson noted. “My favorite has to be between Porkenstein and D.D. MacGee’s.”

Dozens of vendors will be selling unique handmade items such as crochet, knit, wood, glass and metal in the parking lot behind the library.

DD MacGee, a firefighter from the Croton Fire Department, owns a food truck specializing in burgers. The food truck will be among many featured food trucks at a food truck rally Saturday in the parking lot behind the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library. — Submitted photo

“One guy out of Cedar Springs does homemade brooms out of deer antlers and that sort of thing,” Stevenson said. “One of our library ladies is a big crafter, and she does a lot of ’60s and ’70s-era clothing that she makes. We have another one that’s painting saw blades. Her dad owns a tree company and she paints all the old saw blades.”

The car show is sponsored by Frontline Towing and Finish Line Autobody and will run from 11 am to 3 pm Goody bags will be handed out to the first 150 participants, a live DJ will be on hand, cash prizes will be awarded throughout the day and A $1,000 cash prize will be given out for the best car in the show. Trophies will be handed out to the top 40 cars at 3 pm

“We’ve been blasting it out on social media in the last couple weeks, so we’re hoping to get the best turnout we can,” said Frontline Towing owner Brandon Stowell, who has a lot of experience running local car shows. “Hopefully, the weather provides for us on Saturday and the whole town is going to be packed.”

Off-Season Sports Academy, which is owned by Phil and Jackie Butler, will host its third annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place Saturday with boys and girls divisions for five age groups: 9-11, 12-13, 14 -15, 16-18 and 19 and older. Co-ed teams will participate in the boys division. Each team is guaranteed two games and a T-shirt for each member. Medals will be awarded to the first and second place teams in each division.

The tournament will be played in the sports academy’s expansive parking lot. Alongside the tournament will be other fun activities for the whole family, including bounce houses for children, plus concessions.

Off-Season Sports Academy will host its third annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday in Howard City. Pictured is an aerial view of last year’s tournament. — Submitted photo

While this is the third year for the basketball tournament, it’s the first year the library has gotten involved, and the fun day seems to be spreading to every corner of the community.

“They (the library) called us, every year it’s so packed and they said they wanted to get involved,” Phil Butler previously told the Daily News. “It’s going to be a pretty big day, we think, and hopefully it’s something that can keep moving on for a long time.”

“It’s exciting to see people get excited about the 3-on-3 basketball tournament each year, they ask for it,” Jackie Butler added. “The library taking on, that’s a nice testament that they want to help us grow this and keep it going.”

“We just thought this would be something fun for the community, something to raise awareness for the library,” Stevenson summarized. “So come out and have a good time.”

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