FLUSHING, MI — One of the most popular events in Flushing is back to kick off the summer with fun for the whole family.

The Flushing Summerfest, hosted by the Flushing Chamber of Commerce, takes place from Wednesday, June 9 to Sunday, June 13 at the Riverview Park, 230 S. Cherry St., in downtown Flushing.

The festival last year was postponed and then ultimately cancelled due to the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lesly Foreman, service coordinator, for the Flushing Chamber of Commerce, said.

Summerfest activities begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, with a parade starting at Central Elementary School, 525 Coutant St.

Other activities throughout the festival include a balloon and clown show, live music, Empty Canvas painting interaction, a safety clinic, a book giveaway and more. All the activities are free, according to festival organizers.

Music group 1 Fifty takes the stage at 6 p.m. Friday, June 11 and Fleaflicker performs at 8 p.m. Friday.

Tickets and armbands for carnival rides, presented by the Skerbeck Family Carnival, can be purchased online.

Marketplace vendors such as authors, U.S. Army National Guard and others will line Cherry Street to offer their products and services.

The event comes to an end on Sunday, June 13 with a pancake breakfast and sunrise yoga at Primary Prevention Physiotherapy, 209 S. Cherry St.

Foreman said guidelines related to coronavirus have been loosened because of the state’s relaxed guidelines.

Festival goers can choose to wear masks, but it won’t be a requirement and social distancing won’t be strictly enforced, but families will be encouraged to stay with their groups, Foreman said.

The service coordinator said when the chamber had to cancel last year’s event it was hard on the nonprofit because it’s their biggest event.

“It helps to be able to continue to do the work we do for our businesses here in the office when it comes to the Summerfest, so we were bummed to say the least,” Foreman said. “We are excited to have the Midway back again this year and have an event for our community to come together.”

To get a full schedule of events or more information about the festival, visit here.

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