It’s not often history gets to be so … much … fun.
In its 36th year, the Webster Fall Festival has been entertaining a generation by making our area’s heritage come alive. This popular event will be held this year on Saturday, September 23rd, at Webster United Church of Christ and Webster Corners just across the road.
Starting with an auction at 10am, the festivities culminate with the famous Webster Fall Festival pig roast beginning at 5pm. The celebration is an event that blends an awareness of the community’s German heritage and celebration of the fall harvest with an overall appreciation for area residents.
As one member of The Webster Historical Society puts it,
“I have been a member of the Webster Historical Society for many years and think the fall festival is a wonderful family event! Come out and spend the day!, Step back in time from today’s hectic lifestyle to enjoy a variety of fun and interesting activities, displays, food and entertainment that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Michigan’s Webster Township.”
Webster Township Historical Society (WTHS) is co-sponsor of the fun-filled day along with Webster United Church of Christ. WTHS works to preserve the rich German heritage of Webster Township and surrounding areas by bringing to life that legacy for the community to experience firsthand.
Webster Corners, where the Fall Festival is held, was initially settled in 1827, ten years before Michigan became a state. WTHS is on a mission to preserve that history as well as that of following generations. The Historical Society now owns Webster Corners and has restored a number of the old buildings.
Just as preceding generations may have held their communal celebrations in a similar setting, Webster Corners is the perfect setting for that “old time” feel. There is the horse barn, blacksmith shop, general store, Old Town Hall, and corncrib which is the stage for much of the festival’s music. The Podunk School, a one room school house built in the 1850’s, is worth a visit with the kids.
The opening auction, hosted by Braun & Helmer, is a lively start to the day. It’s great entertainment even if you don’t plan on bidding. You can find a listing of items being auctioned on their website.
You’ve probably seen the signs posted around the area. Well consider that your personal invitation. The Webster Fall Festival is family oriented country funfest designed to engage all ages. There is something here for everyone.
So if you like hayrides, hotdogs, popcorn, music, crafts with the kids, getting a close look at friendly farm animals, browsing artisan booths, experiencing a bit of history, and mouth watering roasted BBQ pork, it is certainly well worth the time to stop in. It’s for good reasons that The Webster Fall Festival is in its 36th year.
For more information on all that the festival has to offer, you can visit their website for details.