Old 27 Car Tour kicks off Harrisons 125th Anniversary

August 25, 2016

By Pat Maurer

When the 10th annual Old U.S. 27 Motor Tour rolls into town today, it will be a big part of the tenth annual Harrison Street Fair and the City’s 125th Anniversary celebration.

Hundreds of classic cars will make the trek from an overnight stop in Clare, arriving in the city around 11 a.m. to add to the community festivities planned for the weekend.

Last year the Old 27 Car Tour parked it out front of the Clare County Court House. Photo by Michelle Turner

Last year the Old 27 Car Tour parked it out front of the Clare County Court House.
Photo by Michelle Turner

Harrison has already got ready for their arrival with the first annual Garden Tour on Thursday starting the celebration.

Friday events include Arts and Craft Vendors, Live Entertainment, a Veterans Display and inflatables all day long.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. there will be mini train rides; from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the old classic cars will line the streets. Bus tours will be ongoing and there will be kids’ events and a trout pond from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Service vehicles will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. and also opening at noon there will be a Beer and Wine Tent.

The Car Tour will leave Friday afternoon, but the fun won’t stop in Harrison.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be kids crafts and activities hosted by the Farm Bureau, Clare County Art Council, and 4-H.
On Saturday the live entertainment, Veterans Display and inflatables will be there all day long.

9 a.m. marks the start of registration for the 5K Run/Walk around Budd Lake.

Arts and Craft Vendors will be there from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and mini train rides will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be displays of antique snowmobiles, motorcycles and tractors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the “Queen of Spades” from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A Fun Run will be ongoing from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and bus tours scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Michigan State Police will be doing Child Identification Kits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

There will be a Petting Zoo, Kids Carnival and Trout Pond Fishing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and noon signals the start of the famous 9 & 10 Softball Game.

As part of the special events planned for Harrison’s 125th, a Dunk Tank hosted by the Lions Club will be featured Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Clare Historical Society will be “making butter the old fashioned way from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be old fashioned games hosted by the Boy Scouts.

The Service Vehicle display is set for noon to 4 p.m. and the Beer and Wine Tent will also be open from noon until closing.
A special feature on Saturday this year will be the Lumberjack Show at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. with chainsaw carving, axe throwing, wood chopping, one and two man crosscut sawing, modified chain sawing, log rolling and loads of clean family humor to thrill the audiences.

Saturday at 5 p.m. it will be time for the City of Harrison 125th presentation, auctioning of the City of Harrison 125th Challenge Coin #1, sealing of the time capsule and cake and ice cream.

Also celebrating the City’s anniversary, Friday from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. and Saturday after the City of Harrison presentation (from 5 to 6 p.m.) and until 6:45 p.m. there will be Line Dancing let by Instructors Tim and Deb Martin.

Also on Friday and Saturday there will be “Free Cuts for Kids” for all school aged youngsters on a first-come basis. More information is on Facebook.

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