The first weekend in February, Hart’s Winterfest weekend brought both residents and visitors to downtown Hart for a variety of activities. Visit Our Winterfest Page. Winterfest 2018 was celebrated in downtown Hart February 2 & 3 with just the right conditions to bring the community out to enjoy the season.
The Friday night broomball tournament was played in the city Parking lot #2 with three teams battling for the “golden broom”. Play by play and music was provided by DJ Dan Buozis compliments of Big Hart Brewing as the teams played in double elimination matches in the 15 degree weather. The Sweepharts defended their title by defeating the Brewsters and the Green Machine.
Saturday morning started with the Antique Snowmobile enthusiast arriving to show off their collections of sleds from the 1960’s to present. This new event in 2018 was a hit, attracting collectors from the region and enjoyed by the crowd as well. Winning snowmobiles were Al Herrygers 1966 Arctic Cat 560-D, Marylou Bergen for her 1970 Scorpio Mark III, Jason Newman’s 1979 Polaris Apollo, and the 231 Snowmobile Club for their 2018 Ski Doo Freestyle. Organizer Kevin Hallack was pleased with the turnout and is excited to see the event grow next year!
The State Street Mile awarded all runners and walkers with a fleece Hart logo hat for participating in the one mile trek from Polk Road to downtown Hart. There was a cheering section awaiting their arrival including 2018 Asparagus Queen Vicki Platt, and DJ Dan again providing commentary and music for the event.
All in attendance at Winterfest were invited into seven of the downtown businesses to warm up with soup at the annual “Soup’r Bowl” cook off. Tasters were asked to vote for Hart’s best soup with the choices of defending 2017 winners Gale’s IGA, who made Clam Chowder and located in Dale & Gail’s Music and Art Gallery, Creamy Cheeseburger Soup at the Pink Elephant, Italian Wedding Soup at The Bakery on the Corner, La Fiesta serving Tomato Soup, Lentejas con Chorizo at La Probadita, Star Hill Stew made by Big Hart Brewing Company and Hansenville Bacon Chowder made by Hansen Foods located in Hegg’s Gallery of Fine Furniture. The 2018 winning soup, Dill Havarti Cheese soup, was made by Hart Pizza.
Hart Main Street Manager Julie Kreilick said, “It was great to see the community get together, enjoy the social time, and celebrate the great things available to them during winter in downtown Hart!”
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P.O. Box 449
Hart, Michigan 49420
Phone (231) 301-8449
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Fund Development Campaign Underway
Working together with government, businesses and residents, Hart Main Street seeks the community’s support to continue its efforts to accomplish its goal of a vibrant downtown Hart. Everyone can help! We have projects ranging from providing business resources and funding opportunities, to the designing of public spaces, promoting our downtown as a year-round destination, and creating fun events and activities for residents and visitors to enjoy.
In the coming months, we’ll be launching our annual campaign to ask for your financial support. We hope you believe in our mission and recognize the value of the work we do to continue improving the quality of life in Hart!
To support the Hart Main Street Program, contact the Executive Director by email
or by telephone 231-301-8449.
This project was led by the Hart Main Street Organization Committee, who in collaboration with the City of Hart and their new website chose CityWebCentral to build Hart’s new websites. Our site was customized to provide all the information about our program in this beautiful format, showing off our picturesque downtown, awesome volunteers, and the friendly folks that make it the quaint small town we enjoy.
Many thanks goes to Website builder John Chickering for his tedious work, the HMS Board, and project manager Marianna Frick and AmeriCorps VISTA Rachel Kindinger for their hard work and expertise. It was truly a labor of love to build this site and show off all our community has to offer!
Look for articles and featured updates as well as resources and the calendar of events and meetings to stay informed about all that is happening in downtown Hart!