Soon, Mulligan’s Hollow will be filled with activities for Coast Guard Festival.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 2, throngs of people are expected to turn out for Kids Day. On average, about 5,000 turn out for the kid-focused event, said Annie Lengkeek, director of marketing for the Coast Guard Festival.
This year’s event offers face painting, craft building in the Home Depot tent, bounce houses, games, and more. Children will also have a chance to get up close with animals during the petting zoo and pony rides.
The local fire department and the U.S. Coast Guard will also be on hand to meet families. Food will be available at a nominal price, Lengkeek said.
As families enjoy the activities, Lengkeek said she hopes children understand the festival is a celebration and a way to honor men and women in the Coast Guard.
Each year, Senior Day continues to grow in popularity.
About 650 people ages 50 and older are expected to attend this year’s Senior Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 3. An additional 200 people are also anticipated to participate in the corresponding pickleball tournament.
Throughout the day, there will be activities such as Zumba, line dancing, Bingo and a Living Well Expo. The band Silverado will play. Coast Guard personnel will pass out boxed lunches, which are from the event’s sponsors.
Event sponsors will also have tents for participants to visit and explore.
Lengkeek said she enjoys the North Ottawa Community Health System game show similar to “Jeopardy.”
Lengkeek said it’s a fun way for the community and hospital to come together, and Senior Day participants learn important information for their age group.
People interested in playing in the pickleball tournament need to register by calling 616-842-9210 or online at www.pickleballtournaments.com.