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2015
Hartford Michigan
  Community Events  
Click on the underlined link for the month of special events you would like to view

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Full Schedules:
   
      Strawberry Festival      Van Buren Youth Fair     Hartford Schools Calendar

  
The Community Events Calendar is a work in progress

Jan 23
Friday


        Blood Drive

12:00 noon - 5:45 p.m.

                        at
Hartford Federated Church
  65418 Red Arrow Highway
              
Hartford MI


 

Feb 14
Saturday

       

goodies games  ♥ fun  ♥ prizes

         12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

at the

Hartford Public Library
15 Franklin St
Hartford MI

Questions:
Click here to send us an email
Visit our website
www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org
PH# 269-621-3408



Feb 18
Wednesday




4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

at the

Hartford Public Library
15 Franklin St
Hartford MI

Questions:
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here to send us an email
Visit our website
www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org
PH# 269-621-3408


Feb 28
Saturday
Roast Pork Dinner
Roast Pork Dinner

at

Keeler United Methodist Church,
at the corner of CR 687 and Territorial Rd., E.
Keeler Township MI

Menu includes
Roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable,
applesauce, dessert and beverage

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Cost by donation

Take outs available

Questions:
Patsy Meachum
click here to send me an email


Mar 2
Monday




Join us for a birthday party . . .

food   games FUN!!

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

at the

Hartford Public Library
15 Franklin St
Hartford MI

Questions:
Click here to send us an email
Visit our website
www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org
PH# 269-621-3408



Mar 11
Wednesday
&
Mar 25
Wednesday


 S
ummer Youth Baseball & Softball

Sign up dates

Wednesday - March 11th, 6-8:00 p.m. at Red Arrow Elementary, Hartford MI

Wednesday - March 25th, 6-8:00 p.m. at Red Arrow Elementary, Hartford MI


Prices

T-Ball: $45.00
Family with 1 child: $55.00
Family with 2 children: $105.00
Family with 3 or more children: $125.00

NO sign-ups allowed without payment

Click here for the Sign-up Registration Form

Visit us at our website www.hartfordrecreation.org


Questions:

Ben Chambers, Interlocal Recreation Board of Commissioners Chairman
Cell: 269-217-2203  Click here to send me an email.

Bill Najacht, Hartford Recreation Council Director of Operations
Cell: 269-605-9702  Click here to send me an email.



Mar 18
Wednesday



4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

at the

Hartford Public Library
15 Franklin St
Hartford MI

Questions:
Click
here to send us an email
Visit our website
www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org
PH# 269-621-3408


Mar 20
Friday
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

 for

Hartford Blossomtime Float

at

Hartford United Methodist Church
425 East Main St.
Hartford MI

4 - 8 p.m.

Tickets at the door
$6.00 ea. or 4 for $20.00

Questions
Janell Birmele
Click here to send an email
269-208-5234


Mar 27
Friday


        Blood Drive

12:00 noon - 5:45 p.m.

                        at
Hartford Federated Church
  65418 Red Arrow Highway
              
Hartford MI


Mar 27
Friday

 

Swiss Steak Dinner

Fundraiser

for
 
Abby Anchor
Abby Anchor - Hartford Michigan
to experience a mission trip to Haiti in June

at

Hartford United Methodist Church
425 E. Main St
Hartford MI

by Donation

Take-out and delivery available
call 269-621-4103 after 4:30 p.m.

Dinner includes:
Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, dessert, and drinks.
(Drinks not available for take-outs)

Questions
Delberta Troutman
Click here to send an email
269-621-4103


Mar
27, 28, 29
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

at

Hartford Middle School Auditorium
School Street
Hartford MI

Friday - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday - 3:00 p.m.

$8 adults
$5 senior citizens, students k-12
children under 5 - free
$50 family pass - good for all three shows - 4 persons per show


2015 WIZARD OF OZ

Cast

Aunt Em - Ashley Rittase Hunk farm hand - Adam Wheeler
Emerald City Manicurists group, tree, crow
Ashley Rittase
Zeke girl farm hand - Michaela Garner
Emerald City Beautician group - Michaela Garner
Almira Gulch - Brittany Edge
Emerald City Grd. Host - Brittany edge
Professor Marvel - Natalle Light
Wicked Witch -  Maddie Macmillan
Glinda - Angel Strand
Dorothy - Josie Nevins

Emerald City Beautician, Manicurist Ensemble, Tornado group plus five possible other scenes:
Hannah Rohrer, Natalle Light, Kenzie Gregory,    Michaela Garner, Ashley Rittase,
Alexis Polus,
Ashley Spires, Freddy Burchett

Scarecrow - Hunter Ackerman
Tin Man - Justin Smith
Lion - Adam Wheeler
Additional Emerald City ensemble workers:
Middle School students
Uncle Henry - Tristan Hanners
Wizard of Oz - Tristan Hanners
Sassy trees, flying monkeys, witches soldiers:
Middle School students & HS students
Hick farm hand - Justin Smith Munchkins - Elementary & Middle School students

Elementary Students - Rylee Ackerman, Jersey Baker, Hunter Bloom, Alejandra Martinez Bowen, Dustin Boze, Kendra Briley, Mackenzie Burfield, Andres Cardoso, Bryan Cardoso, Vanessa DelaRosa, Fantasia Eastman, Kaniya Eastman, Omar Eastman, Victoria Eastman, Ellie Galvan, Jazmin Garcia, Mason Garner, Audra Gatties, Alora Gatties, Kaia Hanners,
Matthew Hickmott, Kaden Johnson, Adrianne Johnson, Gillian Kuehnle, Logan Lehnert, Elijah McCann, Gavin Macmillan, Yael Lopez Sanchez, Mayson Sharpe, Quintin Sharpe, Sophia Tarantino, Bryan Torres, Charlie Unrath, Madison Whitman, Mason Whitman, Camden Wolford

Middle School Students - Makiah Tripp, Ashton Vassar, Trenton Lehnert, AJ Lehnert, Gabby Najacht, Cristy Burchett, Caitlyn Macmillan

Questions
Steve Zebell
Click here to send me an email


Mar 28
Saturday


Kids - $75 per team
Adults - $90 per team
Official referees will be used for adults

8:00 a.m. - Registration
9:00 a.m. - Game Start


Download Player Registration

at
Hartford High School
115 School St
Hartford MI
Sponsored by

Contact:
Click here to send us an email.
Website: www.myamysangels.org
PH# 269-539-1984



Mar 28
Saturday


Easter Egg Hunt

in
Ely Park
Hartford MI

1:00 p.m.

Kids 10 years old and under

In case of rain
April 4

Sponsored by the Van Buren Sportsmen's Club


Mar 28
Saturday

Sausage-Kraut, German Potato Salad Dinner

at

Keeler United Methodist Church,
at the corner of CR 687 and Territorial Rd., E.
Keeler Township MI

Menu includes
German Potato Salad, smoked sausage with sauerkraut,
applesauce, desserts and beverages

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Cost by donation

Take outs available

Questions:
Patsy Meachum
click here to send me an email
269-782-8008
 


Mar 30
Monday


Planning Meeting

for

Hartford Michigan

5:30 p.m.

at

Calvin Funeral Home
8 E. Main
Hartford MI

Questions
Janell Birmele
Click here to send an email
269-208-5234



Apr 3
Friday
 


presenting
Mary's Song
a first person interpretation

ALL women are invited to attend!

Questions
Church office 269-621-4103
Click here to send an email


Apr 3-10
2015

Spring Break Movie Days

 at the
Hartford Public Library
15 Franklin St
Hartford MI 

All movies start at
1:00 p.m.

Thursday April 2nd
“The Boxtrolls” (PG   97 min.)

Friday April 3rd
“Book of Life” (PG   95 min.)

Monday April 6th
“Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
(PG   81min.)

Tuesday April 7th
“Big Hero 6” (PG   102min.)

Wednesday April 8th
“Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast”(G   76min.)

Thursday April 9th
“The Penguins of Madagascar” (PG   92min.)

Friday April 10th
“Annie” (PG   119 min.)

Questions
(269) 621-3408
Click here to send us an email
Visit our website www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org



Apr 11
Saturday
Strawberry Festival
Prince and Princess, and Strawberry Baby
Candidate Photo Time


     1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
       at
        Calvin Funeral Home
      8 E. Main St
      Hartford MI


If you cannot make the picture date, call to make other arrangements.
Pictures will ONLY be rescheduled if chairperson is notified before April 10th
in case of a family emergency or pre-scheduled vacation.

Click here to download application with contest rules.
(Adobe Reader required to open file - FREE reader available at www.adobe.com)

Applications available at Hardings Market, Hartford Public Library, Kid Builders, Red Arrow Elementary, Woodside Elementary

Questions:
Cindy & Jenna Birmele, Chairpersons
269-621-4101 or click here to send an email.



Apr 15
Wednesday


4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

at the

Hartford Public Library
15 Franklin St
Hartford MI

Questions:
Click
here to send us an email
Visit our website
www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org
PH# 269-621-3408


Apr 25
Saturday
Hartford Native Publishes Book
Pastor Keith Ross Newland published book
Pastor Keith Ross Newland

at the

Hartford Public Library
15 Franklin St
Hartford MI

11:00 a.m.

to meet, greet and sign his book

If My People . . . The Saving of America

The book is an account of how the actions of the Christian church have resulted in the chastisements of the Lord upon the church and nation.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

K. Ross is pastor of
Halsted Road Baptist Church
Rockford IL
and Founder-Director of
Bless God America
http://www.blessgodamerica.org

Keith was a 1976 Hartford High School graduate

Questions:
Click
here to send us an email
Visit our website
www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org
PH# 269-621-3408


 

Apr 25
Saturday
Community Dinner


at

Keeler United Methodist Church,
at the corner of CR 687 and Territorial Rd., E.
Keeler Township MI

4:30 - 6:30 pm.

Menu includes
Menu includes Lasagna, vegetable, garlic bread, dessert and beverage.

Cost by donation

Take outs available

Everyone is welcome.

Questions:
Patsy Meachum
click here to send me an email
269-782-8008


 

May  5
Tuesday


in the
May 5th Election


Polls open 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Photo ID or other documentation is required for voting.
Contact Township or City Clerks for absentee ballots or more information.

Hartford Township
Hartford Township Hall
Ph# 269-621-4658
Hartford Township Clerk email

City of Hartford
Hartford City Hall
PH# 269-621-2477
City of Hartford Clerk email
PROPOSAL 15-1
A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.
PUBLIC TRANSIT MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL
This proposal is a renewal or continuation of the previous millage authorized by voters for Public Transit.


See how the ballot will look:

Click here, enter your first, last name to find out specifically what precinct you are in and what will be on the ballot for local, county and state. Helpful to review before going to vote.

What about election results?
Click here to find local, county, state election results.

Be the difference in Hartford . . . . make it YOUR priority to VOTE


May 6
Wednesday
 

                 

 


 


May 7
Thursday


 
 Benefit Auction 
for


Lisa Stinton Tavolacci
 
       Lisa grew up in Hartford (HHS 1992 Honors graduate) and currently resides in Coloma with her husband, Dan and 3 children, Addison 3, Isaac 5, and Caleb 15 years old.  In 2012, Lisa was diagnosed with stage 4 T-Cell Lymphoma.  She underwent extensive chemotherapy treatments and a stem cell transplant in January 2013. She was in remission until the winter of 2014 when her cancer had returned and is in stage 4 again.  In March, Lisa and Dan traveled to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York where they reviewed Lisa's condition and agreed with the treatment set forth by the University of Chicago.
     Currently at the University of Chicago for over 3 months, Lisa has
received two bone marrow transplants.  Dan has been by her side the
whole time.  Lisa has been suffering with severe effects of the adenovirus. 
The doctors are working very hard to keep her comfortable throughout this process. They are continuing to monitor her counts in hops that the transplant will be a success.
     Lisa still has a long road to recovery in front of her.  She and Dan appreciate all the generous people who have helped their family during this difficult time.


 

   
   

Quarter Auction Benefit

held at

West Street Station
201 N. West St
Coloma MI
(across from Post Office)

Preview 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
Auction Starts:  6:00 p.m.

Tickets
$5.00
available in advance or at the door

Snack Bar with food & beverages
for purchase.
PLEASE no outside food-drinks

Click here to download details

All proceeds to benefit
Lisa Tavolacci & Family

 

Questions or Purchase Tickets
Julie Carter
269-876-0910


May 8-9
Friday
Saturday


LEGO CITY ON DISPLAY - FREE
10’x20′ Lego city with multiple trains running and numerous wonderful creations.
Buildings from St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids
have been recreated out of Lego and will be on the layout.

at the

Hartford Public Library
15 Franklin St
Hartford MI

May 8th - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

May 9th - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Questions
Click here to send us an email
Visit our website
www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org
PH# 269-621-3408


May 9
Saturday

Mother's Day Sale at the Hartford Public Library - Hartford Michigan



    Flower & Bake Sale

Hanging Baskets
Perennials
Annuals
Flower Vases
Baked Goods
Mother’s Day Gifts

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by
Friends of the Hartford Public Library

Questions:
Click here to send us an email
Visit our website
www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org
PH# 269-621-3408


 

May 16
Saturday
You Are Invited

to a



Given By

Hartford Public Library
15 Franklin St
Hartford MI

Noon - 1pm

Downton Abbey Prizes
Period Costumes Welcome
Bring your own teacup if you would like.
  Questions:
Click
here to send us an email
Visit our website
www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org
PH# 269-621-3408


May 16
Saturday

 


at

Keeler United Methodist Church,
at the corner of CR 687 and Territorial Rd., E.
Keeler Township MI

4:30 - 6:30 pm.

Menu includes
1/4 baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, desserts, beverages.

Cost by donation

Take outs available

Everyone is welcome.

Questions:
Patsy Meachum
click here to send me an email
269-782-8008


May 16
Saturday

for
Lisa Stinton Tavolacci
Lisa Stinton Tavolacci
Lisa, diagnosed with stage 4 T-Cell Lymphoma, is
currently at the University of Chicago for over 3 months

at
Hartford Federated Church
65418 Red Arrow Hwy
Hartford MI

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

$8.00
per person
Includes spaghetti, coleslaw, garlic bread and drinks

Baked Goods also for sale.

All proceeds to benefit Lisa Stinton Tavolacci & Family

Dan and Lisa with children, Calib, Addison, Isaac

              More about Lisa, a 1992 Hartford High School Honors graduate.

Lisa grew up in Hartford (HHS1992 Honors graduate) and currently resides in Coloma with her husband, Dan and 3 children, Addison 3, Isaac 5, and Caleb 15 years old. In 2012, Lisa was diagnosed with stage 4 T-Cell Lymphoma. She underwent extensive chemotherapy treatments and a stem cell transplant in January 2013. She was in remission until the winter of 2014 when her cancer had returned and is in stage 4 again. In March, Lisa and Dan traveled to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York where they reviewed Lisa's condition and agreed with the treatment set forth by the University of Chicago. Currently at the University of Chicago for over 3 months, Lisa has received two bone marrow transplants. Dan has been by her side the whole time. Lisa has been suffering with severe effects of the adenovirus. The doctors are working very hard to keep her comfortable throughout this process. They are continuing to monitor her counts in hops that the transplant will be a success. Lisa still has a long road to recovery in front of her. She and Dan appreciate all the generous people who have helped their family during this difficult time.

Please keep Lisa's family in prayer.

NOTE: Lisa passed away on May 4th,
click here to read her obituary.

 

Questions
Gina Atteberry - click here to send an email
Janet Glover



May 18
Monday


Fundraiser for

 and
Hartford Girls On Track

 Father-Daughter Dance
Hawaiian theme

at the
Lawrence Conference Center
490 Paw Paw St
Lawrence MI

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Girls of all ages - fathers 18 years or older

Tickets at the door

$12.00 per couple

Food & Drinks provided

 

 
Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.  Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.  Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Important social, psychological, and physical skills and abilities are developed and reinforced throughout the program. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible, and teaching girls that they can.
 

 

Questions
Tammy Ackerman - click here to send me an email
Donna Hillman - click here to send me an email




May

Monday

Memorial Day Observance
Honoring Our Veterans

10:00 a.m. Hartford Parade through town to Ely Park.
▪ 10:30 a.m. Hartford
Ceremony in Ely Park immediately following parade.

▪ 12:00 p.m. Keeler Parade - starts at corner light and on to Keeler Cemetery.
    ▪ 12:30 p.m. Keeler Memorial observance at Keeler Cemetery immediately following parade. 

Click here to view more Hartford-Keeler military profiles.

1950 « Korean War » 1953

1964 « Vietnam Era » 1974

Joseph M. Quigno
Joseph M. Quigno - Korea
US Army
Military Police PFC (T) 20
800th MP Co Cp Kil Mar N J
b 12-15-1929      d 9-10-2007
Hartford Twp MI*    Paw Paw MI
Buried in
Wildley Cemetery
Paw Paw MI

In service
12-16-1953 to 12-6-1955

Served in
Korea
 9 mo,15 days of foreign service.

Medals
»
National Defense Service Medal

From
Hartford MI (1st 5 years of life)
Moved to Paw Paw MI in about 1935
Paw Paw HS 1949 grad.

Son of
Joseph & Lillian Day Quigno

Married to:
Darlene Boniface Quigno
Jane Scott-Jarvis Quigno

Joseph was a former member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indiana Tribal Council.

Joseph's grandfather, Mike Quigno, was Pottawattamie
tribal chief from the early 1900s to 1920s. His grandmother, Julia Pokagon Quigno was the grand daughter of
Chief Simon Pokagon.

10-2013
Photo provided by Jane Quigno.

*NOTE:  Joseph's birthplace is unclear and is shown as Hartford Township, Watervliet, and Covert in different publications. His parents had lived in Toquin, which borders all 3 communities.

Frank A. Dockter Jr.

US Army - Medic
Specialist 4th Class
b 11-15-1944

In service 1965 - 1967

Served in
Cu Chi, Vietnam

Awards
»
Army Commendation with "V" device
» Combat Medic Badge
» Good Conduct Medal
» Vietnam Campaign Medal
» Vietnam Service Medal
» National Defense Service Medal


HHS Class of 1963


Resided in Harford 1944-1973
Returned to Hartford in 2004.

Dockter gets medal for saving four

HARTFORD - Pfc. Frank Dockter, Jr., an army medic in Viet Nam, has been decorated for heroism for helping to save four soldiers from a flaming helicopter. He is the son of Mary Dockter. His wife, the former Sharon Kelly, lives at Watervliet.
     Pfc. Dockter was awarded the army commendation medal for his life-saving action. The citation is from his commanding officer which accompanied the medal read:

  "Pfc. Dockter was loading equipment on resupply helicopters which were operating in support of combat operations against a hostile force.
   "At 1715 hours a helicopter on a resupply mission crashed on the north end of the 25th infantry division's airstrip, turned over on its side and burst into flames.
  "There was imminent danger of an explosion.
  "With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he ran to the helicopter to assist in the evacuation of the pilot, co-pilot, crew chief and door gunner, helping to free the injured personnel from the burning aircraft.
  "The fact that some survived the crash is a credit to his instantaneous reactions.
  "This outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty and personal bravery is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th infantry division and the United States army."

Pfc. Dockter was drafted last Oct. 4 and received basic training at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Tex. He has been in Viet Name since April 28. The action for which he was awarded the medal took place on May 19.  In a letter to his mother, Pfc. Dockter said he was told a day in advance that he was to receive a medal, but that he didn't know what it was for until it was presented to him.

Hartford Day Spring
June 9, 1966


Information submitted by his daughter, Dana Goetter.

Click here to view more Hartford-Keeler military profiles.
 


Jun 5
Friday
HHS Graduation

High School Gymnasium
Hartford Michigan

      7:00 p.m.



Jun 6
Saturday



40+ Alumni Reunion


HHS Alumni Reunion
The 40+ Alumni Reunions are every 2 years.

The next Alumni Reunion is hosted by 1965,1966 graduate classes.
New classes invited to attend the 2015 reunion are 1974 and 1975.
Each class is responsible for locating and compiling
their own classmate addresses and information.

Looking ahead - the classes of 65-66 are responsible for hosting the 2015 reunion, 67-68 in 2017, and 69-70 in 2019. Always check the Reunion News on the History of Hartford website for this and other class reunions information.

Mark your calendar - save this date!
Click
here to download the reservation form.
Reservation return date extended - send form in NOW.

June 6, 2015
(Saturday)
at
VFW Post 6248 Hall
560 N. Phelps
Decatur, MI 49045

40+ Alumni Reunion questions:
Click here to send an email.



Jun
12-13
Friday &
S
aturday

 
We're proud to sponsor THIS
family affair    


Hartford Michigan

Click on the underlined links for more information

Schedule will be updated as information becomes available.

Friday, June 12th
- Kid's Day - Opening Day 
►   4:00 p.m. - Vertical Edge Entertainment, rides open.
►    5:30 p.m. - Lineup for Kiddies Parade at Red Arrow Elementary School
►    6:00 p.m. - Kiddies Parade through downtown Hartford                
►    6:30 p.m. - Crowning of Prince-Princess and Sweetest Strawberry Baby
►    7:00 p.m. - John Dudley, Magician and Author - a favorite, delightful show for young and old. 
                           You will be kept laughing and wondering how John performs his funny magic.
►    8:00 p.m. - Reading Royalty-crafts & story time with 2015 Miss Hartford Abby Anchor & 2015 Mr. Blossomtime Calvin Williamson.
►    8:45 p.m. - Bike raffle - 2 bikes to be raffled off to children in attendance.

                                                    Click on the underlined links for more information

Saturday, June 13th          
►    7:00 to 11:00 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast at High School Cafeteria - sponsored by Hartford Band Boosters.
►    7:30 to 8:30 a.m. -
Strawberry Run - Sponsored by Hartford Lions Club.
                    Obtain runner packets and late registrations at high school
►                8:30 a.m. - Start of 5km walk, 5K Run,10km Run at high school
►                8:35 a.m. - Start of 1 mile Family Walk at high school.
►  10:00 a.m. -  Vertical Edge Entertainment, rides open.
►  10:00 a.m. -  Games operated by local nonprofits, proceeds benefit those groups.
►  10:00 a.m. -  3-on-3 Basketball Tournament played at High School outdoor courts.
►  10:00 a.m. -  Crafts with the Courts. Free crafts for kids with Hartford Royalty provided by the Hartford Pageant Organization.
►  11:00 a.m. -  Live Entertainment - Alley Kats Dance Studio. Local dancers perform dances prepared for Nationals competition.
►  12:00 p.m. -  Parade lineup at Hartford High School.
►    1:00 p.m. -  Strawberry Parade through downtown Hartford
►    1:30 p.m. -  4:00 p.m. - Kids fingerprinting with photo sponsored by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Dept.
►    2:00 p.m. -  Bed Races through downtown Hartford. Click here to contact Tressa & Amber Beltran for information
►    3:00 p.m. -  Strawberry Pie Eating Contest for all ages -
g-u-a-r-a-n-t-e-e-d messy and FUN!
       Youth Div (12 & under), Adults Div (13 and older), Royalty Div (2015 Hartford Courts of Honor), Local Celebrity Div (vying
          for grand prize $200 for donation to charity of their choice)
►    4:00 p.m. -  Strawberry Idol Talent Contest-1st prize $50 with opportunity to perform at 2016 Sberry Fest
►    5:00 p.m. -  Live Entertainment -
Jason Finey, 2014 Strawberry Idol Champion.
►    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Live Entertainment - Jared Knox and the Hagar Bombs.

                                                   Click on the underlined links for more information


Questions, registration forms, more informationClick on underlined links below for more information:
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Send all registration forms and ballots to address on form - please do NOT leave at City Hall.
2
015 Arts and Crafts Vendors.
 Click here to download registration form
.
2015
Food Vendors.
VB Co. Health Department Guidelines. Click here to download registration. Limited slots, call before sending Food vendor form.
2015 Commercial Vendors.  Click here to download registration form.
2015 Bed Race.  Click here to download registration form.

2015 Strawberry Run - Click here to download registration form.
2015 Kiddie's Parade - Friday and Strawberry Festival Parade - Saturday - EVERYONE is invited to participate, no matter where you live. 
       
Click here to download parade registration form.
2015 Sweetest Strawberry Baby and
Prince-Princess contestant pictures
        Click here to view Sweetest Strawberry Baby contestants
        Click here to view Prince & Princess contestants.


Strawberry Festival Sponsorship- Click here to download registration form.
Sponsors and Volunteers - if you can help us in any way....please let us know.

Vendor List for 2015

Click here for results and photos of 2012 strawberry Festival contests.
Click here for results and photos of 2011 strawberry Festival contests.
Click here for results and photos of 2010 strawberry Festival contests.
Click here for results and photos of 2009 strawberry Festival contests.

2015 Hartford Strawberry Festival is set for June 12 and 13 ONLY
Click here to be placed on the 2015 Strawberry Festival vendor email list.

Thanks for your support


Strawberry Festival sponsored by the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
Click here to send us an email
Janell Birmele, Chairperson - Ph#269-208-5234




Jun 27
Saturday
It's finally here . . . the fabulous

Swiss Steak Dinner
at

Keeler United Methodist Church,
at the corner of CR 687 and Territorial Rd., E.
Keeler Township MI

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Menu includes
Swiss Steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable,
dinner rolls, desserts, and beverages.

Served in the church basement
Handicapped Accessible - chair lift.

Freewill offering accepted

Take outs available
Questions:
Patsy Meachum
click here to send me an email



Jul 3
Friday

      Hartford Motor Speedway
      Fireworks at dusk

301 Bowie St.
Hartford MI 

PH: 269-621-4482

See website for details and gate prices at http://hartfordspeedway.net/



Jul 18-25
Saturday thru Saturday

Van Buren County Youth Fair
Van Buren County Youth Fair - Hartford Michigan
on Red Arrow Hwy & CR681, Hartford MI


G a t e P r i c e s

General Admission

Season Pass

Adult

$5.00 $18.00

Children (age 6-12)

$2.00 $6.00

Age 5 and under

free

free

Senior Citizen (60+)

- $12.00

Grandstand and Hillside Ticket Prices

Ages 13 & over

$6.00 Tues, Wed, Thur $7.00 Fri, Sat
Ages 6 - 12 $4.00 Tues, Wed, Thur $5.00 Fri, Sat
Ages 5 and under free

Saturday July 18, 2015
6:00 am – 8:00 am Pullorum Testing
8:00 am – 10:00 am Enter Poultry
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Judging of ALL STILL EXHIBITS
12:00 Noon Dog Show (Barn 7,8)
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Enter Rabbits
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Enter Pocket Pets
4:00 pm Pocket Pets Exhibitor’s Meeting

Sunday July 19, 2015
6:30 am – 3:00 pm Enter all Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Swine
8:00 am – 2:00 pm Enter Draft Horses
10:00 am – 2:00 pm Enter Horses
11:30 am Mandatory Rabbit Meeting
12:00 Noon Enter Goats
12:00 Noon Rabbit Judging (Barn #7)
1:00 pm Goat Exhibitor’s Meeting (Goat Barn)
5:00 pm Horse Exhibitor’s Meeting
6:00 pm Livestock Exhibitor’s Meeting
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm MLE Participants Enter Livestock
7:00 pm Gospel Music (Community Tent)

Monday July 20, 2015
6:00 pm MIDWAY OPENS (Gate admission plus pay one price of $20.00 to ride from 6:00 pm to close)
8:00 am Poultry Judging
9:00 am Swine Judging
10:00 am Goat Judging (Sm Animal Arena)
4:00 pm Cat Show
5:00 pm Booth Judging (Youth Building)
7:00 pm Youth Talent Show (Community Tent)

Tuesday July 21, 2015
1:00 pm - Midway Opens (Gate admission plus pay one price of $20 to ride 1 p.m. to close)

8:30 am Horse Fitting & Showing (Horse Arena)
9:00 am Beef Judging (Livestock Arena)
10:00 am Pocket Pets Judging (Sm Market Animal Arena)
12:00 Noon Michigan Lightweight Horse Pull (Draft Horse Arena)
7:00 pm
Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band (Community Tent)
7:00 pm
Hartford NTPA Nationals Grand Stand Entertainment
Super Farm Tractors
2 Wheel Drive Pickups
Modifieds

Wednesday July 22, 2015
12:00 p.m. - Midway Opens (Gate admission plus pay one price of $15 to ride 12:00 Noon to close)
Kid’s Day
(18 years and under free until 6:00 p.m.)
8:30 am English Horse & Pony Show (Horse Arena)
9:00 am Sheep Judging (Livestock Arena)
10:00 am Adult Draft Horse Halter Show (Draft Horse Arena)
10:00 am Farm Stock Tractor Pull
11:00 am Ronald McDonald Magic Show
12:00 Noon Frog Jump & Turtle Race (4-H Building)
1:00 pm Dairy Judging (Livestock Arena)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – A 4-H Science Blast
2:00 pm Youth Draft Horse Show (Draft Horse Arena)
3:00 pm Small Market Animal Buyer Registration
4:00 pm Small Market Animal Auction (Goats, Gal. of Mlk, Rabbits, Eggs, Poultry)
7:00 pm
Tanglefoot Square with caller, Ken Burk (Community Tent)
7:30 pm
The Willis Clan (Country/Pop/Bluegrass/Irish) Grand Stand Entertainment

Thursday July 23, 2015
Ladies Day-Veterans-Senior Citizens Day.
Free admission for ladies 19 & over, veterans & senior citizens 'til 3:00 p.m.
Midway opens at 1:00 p.m. (Gate admission plus pay one price of $20 to ride 1:00 p.m. to closing.)
8:30 am Western Horse & Pony Show (Horse Arena)
9:00 am Livestock Buyer Registration
10:00 am Livestock Auction (Sheep, Swine, Milk, Beef, Beef Feeders, Dairy Feeders)
10:00 am – 12 Noon Ladies Day Program (Community Tent)
1:00 pm Senior Citizens Program & Games, Entertainment by
Jeff & Jim2
1:00 pm Pony Pull (Draft Horse Arena)
7:00 pm
Mark Graham - Country (Community Tent)
7:00 pm
SJO Motorcross - Grandstand Entertainment
8:30 pm
Double Strung - Bluegrass/Country (Community Tent)

Friday July 24, 2015
Midway opens at 1:00 p.m. (Gate admission plus pay one price of $25 to ride 1:00 p.m. to closing.)
8:30 am Trail & Gymkhana Show
9:00 am Small Animal Sweepstakes (Barn #7)
12:00 Noon Pedal Tractor Pull (Community Tent)
1:00 pm Light Weight Horse Pull Contest
7:00 pm
Super Kicker Rodeo Production Ram Rodeo Series Grandstand Entertainment
8:00 pm
Jared Knox & The Hagar Bombs - high energy Country (Community Tent)
10:00 pm
Night Magic Fireworks Display Grandstand Entertainment

Saturday July 25, 2015

Midway opens at 1:00 p.m.
(Gate admission plus pay one price of $25 to ride 1:00 p.m. to closing.)

9:00 am Jr. And Sr. Showmanship Sweepstakes
10:00 am Open Draft Horse/Mule/Pony Hitch Show (Draft Horse Arena)
10:00 am Fun Horse Show (Horse Arena)
2:00 pm Cat & Dog Exhibitor Awards (Community Tent)
2:00 pm Mini-Horsepulling Contest (Draft Horse Arena)
3:00 pm Horse Exhibitors Awards Program
3:00 pm Small Animal Exhibitor Awards (Barn #7)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Rabbits
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Sweepstakes
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm Poultry
4:15 pm – 4:45 pm Goats
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Pocket Pets
5:30 pm Livestock Exhibitors Awards Program (Livestock Show Arena)
6:00 pm Youth Parade
7:00 pm
Demolition Derby by Unique Motor Sports and more Grandstand Entertainment - FREE event
8:00 pm
El Oro Del Norte - Tex/Mex (Community Tent)

For additional information call (269) 621-2038 or visit the website at www.vanburenyouthfair.com



July 31
Friday
Van Buren Co. Historical Museum

presents
Civil War Ties to Van Buren County

5:00 p.m - Salad, sandwich supper
6:30 p.m. - Presentation by Steve Rigoni




Rigoni is a Paw Paw-area grape farmer and a full-time teacher for Countryside Academy in Benton Township. He teaches agriculture and serves as a Future Farmers of America advisor. He serves on the Paw Paw District Library Board of Directors and the Van Buren Historical Society Board.

Rigoni has been a Civil War aficionado since he was in junior high school, largely inspired by a photograph purporting to show a dead Confederate sharpshooter. The photo proved to be staged, but Rigoni was hooked.

He has been a Civil War re-enactor and he collects artifacts.  A key acquisition was a box of letters offered at auction in Decatur.  They were from Capt. James H. Wheaton of Chelsea, who served in the 1st Michigan Infantry. His story, including his Decatur connection, will be presented at the session.



Located at the
Van Buren Historical Museum
58471 Red Arrow Hwy
Hartford MI
Next to the Van Buren Co Fair Grounds

Call 269-621-2188 for information


Aug 27, 28, 29, 30, 2015
Thursday thru
Sunday


19th Annual
Hartford Old Engine & Tractor Show


featuring
Ford & Ferguson, Wheel Horse Lawn Tractors, Engines,
Custom & Antique Semi-Trucks and Trailers.

at
Van Buren County Fairgrounds
Red Arrow Hwy & CR 681
Hartford MI

Food on the grounds - kitchen opens at 7:00 a.m.
Gates open at 8:00 a.m.
Overnight camping with electric and water available
Parking, paved walkways & handicap
accessible.

► Arts & Crafts, Flea Market, Threshing, Working Sawmill, Shingle Mill
► Tractor Pull Weigh-in
► Tractor Games
► Homemade ice cream
► Kettle Corn
► Child Pedal Pull (Ages 12 & under)
► Tractor parade through grounds
► Tractor Pull Weigh-in
► Plowing, mowing demonstrations
► Farm Stock Tractor Pull
► Pony Rides
► Garden Tractor Plowing & Mowing
► Live music
► Dusk - Lighted Truck Show
► Church service on Sunday.


Questions:
Wayne Ulrath  269-325-3483 or email
Pam Maxwell  269-580-1250



Oct 4

Sunday
 
Kicking off Fire Prevention Week

Pancake Breakfast

 

7 a.m. - 12 NOON

at the Fire Station
donations accepted at the door
all proceeds to benefit fire prevention

Sponsored by the
Hartford Fire Department


Oct 10
Saturday
 
 
1:00 p.m. - Parade
1:15 - 4:00 p.m. - Jamboree immediately following parade

on band practice field at east end of
Hartford Middle School
 

Oct 16
Friday

HHS Homecoming

5:30 p.m. - Parade through downtown
5:30 p.m. - Homecoming Brats Tent at high school

7:00 p.m. - Hartford vs. Marcellus game at Hartford High School

Join us for a good game, food, fun, and chattin' with former classmates!



Oct
 


Trick or Treat


Come on, have a heart . . .
fill up the bucket all the way. I need candy, not oil!


6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

in
Hartford Michigan

Click here for more pictures of adorable Hartford Trick-or-Treaters



Nov 7
Saturday

    Hartford Community
 
   
 
      Middle School Gym
    
       9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

           
      Our 48th Year!

                  Sponsored by the
 Hartford United Methodist Women

Fun and something for everyone . . . over 100 booths!
Homemade pies and spices
Custom-made jewelry
Plants
Photography
Woodworking
Christmas gifts and decorations
•  LOTS MORE!


Homemade breakfast and lunch served in cafeteria

Admission fee:  FREE to the public.

Exhibitor Information:
Space rental 

Full space - 8ft x 4 1/2 ft
Half space available

Setup
· 
Saturday - 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - unload at back door
·  No selling prior to 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning
·  If sold out before end of bazaar, booth table must remain in place until 3:00 pm
·  Unload at the back door
·  Tables, covering. and chairs to be furnished by exhibitor
·  Not responsible for anything left over-night
·  United Methodist Women are NOT responsible for anything left overnight
·  Food is to be wrapped to sell. 
·  No salads, cream pies, home canned food, fresh fruit or vegetables.

Note: (school policy for exhibitors and public)
No eating or drinking in the gym
No smoking in the school building
No raffles
No rummage.

Questions?
Kari Unrath at 269-267-0004 OR click here to send me an email.
United Methodist Church office at 269-621-4103



Nov thru Winter as needed

Do you have extra winter coats, gloves, hats, boots?
Tad Moody, our Chamber
of Commerce President, is again collecting all sizes of winter wear for men, women,
and children to be given to those in need of warm winter clothing. Items will be available December 13 during the Lion's Club
Christmas In Hartford or by contacting Tad for other times.
 
There is a special need this year for children's winter wear.

Click here to send Tad an
email or call (269) 621-2546 for additional information.


Dec  
Dec 12
Saturday

                            15th Annual Lighted Parade and
                                   
Christmas in Hartford
                                                                         (formerly Christmas in the Park)

                                        Come and enjoy our Winter celebration!

                                             
 Festivities held at our new location
                                                       His Place Community Center
                                                                                  
 15 S. Maple St
                                                                                        Hartford MI

      
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Chili Cook-Off entries accepted.
           (for all ages-individuals & businesses)

5:00 p.m. - Chili Cook-Off judging            
           
Best Red or Traditional Chili 
            Best Green Chili
            Best Alternative Chili

  
Judged on
      
aromacolor consistencytasteaftertaste
5:30 p.m. - Chili Awards
Sample your favorite Chili 
Bake sale, chili, hot dogs, and hot chocolate available               
6:00 p.m. - Parade starts from Hartford High School to Ely Park   
                   

                     After Parade at
  His Place Community Center

                       


   Santa arrives (free pictures)
   Christmas musical entertainment
    Holiday Extravaganza Drawing
       
Questions?
Judy Sinclair (269) 621-4870 or click here to send an email


 Hartford Lions Club - Hartford Michigan Sponsored by the Hartford Lions Club


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