Old Fashion Days brings Marion alive

August 9, 2018

By Steve Landon
Correspondent

Michigan’s on going heat wave has kept many people cuddled up around home air conditioners or making waves staying cool playing in area lakes, however this was not the case this past weekend at the annual Marion Old Fashion Days. Braving temperatures in the low 90’s visitors from across the state and beyond gathered for what has become one of the biggest hometown festivals in Northern Michigan.

Events officially kicked off Friday August 3rd, with yard sales, street vendors and a cornhole tournament that kept locals and visitors busy until the evenings popular Cruise In Car, truck and bike cruise down Main Street.

A portion of this years entries in the Children’s Parade make there way down Main Street past adoring fans.

A portion of this years entries in the Children’s Parade make there way down Main Street past adoring fans.

Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures early Saturday morning provided the perfect setting for the most exciting day of festivities with the running of the annual 5k run/walk followed by a golf scramble, fire truck display, three on three basketball, a softball tournament, vendor sales , a VFW Chicken Barbeque, kids events and the ever popular grand parade.

Back at the Marion fairgrounds/Veteran’s Memorial Park cars, trucks, motorcycles , rat rods and unique wheeled vehicles past and present glistened in the early morning sun. Packing the grounds with dream machines from all over the Great Lakes enthusiasts showed, shined and chatted with fellow and wannabe collectors, many who took pictures of every inch of their favorite vehicle.

Every now and then one car stands out from all the rest, especially a car dedicated to America’s hero’s. Clare Worst of Lowell, Mich., had just that car on display in Marion. A bright flaming custom 1995 Mustang, Worst and his four buddies all veterans built it to honor our nations fallen brave men and women.

“This car was in pretty rough shape when I found it. Together with four other veterans we rebuilt it in memory of our fallen brothers. The whole project took about five years to complete, we got it done around 2006/2007.

The bumpers are custom made, light, taillights, interior etc. It has a super charger, the motor, a 3.8 V-6 has all been worked through blue print and balanced. Just about everything that can be done to the car has been done.

Players didn’t let a little heat slow them down, these guys went all out from start to finish.

Players didn’t let a little heat slow them down, these guys went all out from start to finish.

Getting the doors to hang and open like they do was a chore and a half trying to figure out how to adapt them to this style of car. We had to make some special mounting plates for it to work, I got the brackets from a Lamborghini. It was a challenge but we got everything figured out.

I don’t take it around as much as I used to. I live in Florida now, most of the time when I come home I stay by my daughter and then take it to shows. I haven’t taken it to Florida yet but I’m thinking about sending it down by hauler this year and showing it. I’ve won close to 200 awards with it over the years – my garage is full”, Worst said.

In addition to having served in Vietnam in 1966 Mr. Worst also attended college at Mid Michigan Community College in the early years of the school.

Following a long hiatus of over 15-years, three on three-basketball returned to Marion Old Fashioned Days. Presented by the Marion Athletic Boosters, teams from around the state went head to head on the courts at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Temperatures approaching 90’ degrees as the tournament progressed had little effect on the caliber of play. Performing like they were going for a National Championship, youth and adult class players gave everything they had and more during some incredibly intense and very physical basketball.

Downtown was alive again Saturday with street vendors, who kept shoppers busy while listening to the music of Steven Ds one-man band. Kid’s enjoyed a children’s parade and tackled some fun games like bobbing for apples, there was even a children’s parade.

Who can resist a car dedicated to our American Hero’s. This Awesome 1995 custom Mustang was built by Clare Worst of Lowell, Mich., and four of his fellow veterans. This car was simply beautiful inside and out.

Who can resist a car dedicated to our American Hero’s. This Awesome 1995 custom Mustang was built by Clare Worst of Lowell, Mich., and four of his fellow veterans. This car was simply beautiful inside and out.

The highlight of the day was the ever-popular grand parade. This year’s parade “Pure Family Fun” pretty well summed up the entire Marion Old Fashion Days experience.

The festival wrapped up Sunday with a VFW Breakfast, Volleyball Tournament and a Cardboard Flotilla.

The 2018 Marion Days is now a memory, however, 2019 will be here before you know so make plans now to attend the 2019 edition. The next big event in Marion will be the popular Marion Snowmobile Swap Meet set for Saturday October 13th at the Marion Fairgrounds/Veterans Memorial Park. For more information about all Marion events contact the Marion Chamber of Commerce by phone at 231-743-2461 or visit their website at http://marionmichigan.weebly.com/

2018 Marion Old Fashion Days 3 on 3 Basketball
Tournament Results

10 & Under Girls
1st Place – Team Cooper – Kyrah Cooper, Dosia Wirth,
Ellianna Cooper, Alexis Gibson

10 & Under Boys
1st Place – Soup-A-Stars – Kyle Ross, Cade James,
Eli Smith, Colin McCrimmon

 Girls 11 & 12
1st Place – Northern Pride – Mariah Thompson, Alie
Bisballe, Kenzie Bisballe, Mckenna Pratt

 Boys 11 & 12
1st Place – SWAT Team – Brendan Slack, Charlie
Howell, Eli Main, Kyle McGowan

 Boys 13 & 14
1st Place – The Bobcats- Kenny King, Anthony
Beccaria, Skyler Wjciechowski

Boys 15-17
1st Place- Team Gap – Isaac Raden, George Brown,
Sasha Huffman, Jacob Haun

 Girls 15-17
1st Place – Lady Baller Brand – Megan Cordes,
Marrah Pringie, Whitney Danks, Megan Wayward

 Men’s Open
1st Place – Kaden Dennis, Clayton McCarthy, Ben Farley

Old Fashion Days kids parade winners:

First Place – Circus
Ezra & Emmett Sims of McBain and
Paislie & Rexton Hillard
of Marion

Second Place – Camping
RaeLynn, Summer & Colt England of Marion and
Erin McConnell of Luther

Third Place – Chicken
Trinity Tucker of Marion





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