The Hart Main Street event, "Whatever Floats Your Boat" Regatta will expand again this year, for a full day of fun on Hart Lake, and something for everyone! In addition to the cardboard boat regatta that takes place each year at "high noon", the paddling event was enjoyed last year by dozens of paddlers who played a game and learned about Hart Lake while enjoying the event. New this year we are adding a YOUTH FISHING DERBY to the day's activities scheduled on August 17.
Starting with registration beginning at 8:30am at John Gurney Park's shelter by the boat launch, kid's 4 to 16 can register to compete in different categories for fun prizes. The fishing derby runs from 9:00 to 12:00, when the launching of the cardboard boat regatta commences from Veteran's Park. Registration for the Regatta is available along with rules on our event page, or at the Hart Main Street office. As we've always said,"all it takes is cardboard, duct tape, and a good life preserver" to stay afloat for this annual event.
The second annual Paddling event will begin at 1:00pm launching from the beach at John Gurney park. You can bring your own kayak or canoe, or use one of the complimentary boats made available by Pentwater River Outfitters and John Gurney Park. A scavenger hunt is being planned to give paddlers a challenge on the Lake, ending at 4:00pm!
More is planned for the day in Hart, including a drum workshop held in conjunction with that evenings Music on the Commons concert featuring CABILDO, a Latin rock band. This event is for kids interested in learning drum skills from the band, free of charge!
From a day full of activities, to a day to be a spectator and listen to some great music in a great setting, August 17 is a day you won't want to miss in downtown Hart!
49 South State Street
P.O. Box 449
Hart, Michigan 49420
Phone (231) 301-8449
Monday-Friday, 9:00a to 5:00p
Hart Main Street has commissioned a second mural to be the companion to the first mural that was planned by the Design Committee, "Oceana at Work". While that mural featured the history of how our County worked and provided the economic structure for the community, the second mural, "Oceana at Play" depicts the wonderful recreational offerings and fun that we can have here in our County. The design committee project was managed by Chris VanAntwerp, who selected artist Gary Eldridge to create the piece. From bike trails and sand to water and snow the mural shows off the many ways to play in Oceana County. You can view this mural on the North side of the La Fiesta Restaurant on the corner of South State Street and East Main Street, across from Hart Commons.
Plans are underway for the 2019 Farmers Market Season in downtown Hart. This event has something for everybody who attends including locally grown and made items, live music, activities, plenty to eat at the many local eateries and more! This year we are planning to have meals available to enjoy while visiting the market, along with the great shopping from the area farm vendors, growers and makers. And don't forget all the downtown shops to visit while your here! We again plan to have featured themes and activities at each market, like the appearance of guest chef Gina Ferwerda at our first market celebrating "everything asparagus" on Asparagus Festival eve, kicking off June 6th from 3-6pm. The first market will be held in City Parking Lot #2 at the South-West corner of State and Main Streets, with parking on side streets and in adjacent city parking lots surrounding the market. Our market accepts SNAP, Double Up Bucks, Senior Market Fresh and WIC Project Fresh.
Hart Main Street has launched the Downtown Hart Street Light Banner project to dress up the streets of downtown with student art and to promote events in Hart.
Working in partnership with the Hart Public Schools, and to promote organizations holding events in Hart, over 40 banners will be hung throughout downtown advertising local events, and the student’s art depicting that they “Love Hart Because...”, the theme chosen by our banner committee for their art work.
The banners have been generously sponsored by many of the area businesses and organizations as part of the sponsorship package for the Hart Main Street annual campaign, with sponsors labeled on each banner. A visit downtown this summer will be an enjoyable walking tour of art and history!
On Memorial Day morning bright and early walkers, runners, and hand cyclists gathered in downtown Hart for the Annual Rich Tompkins Memorial Race. After holding the races on Labor Day in prior years, the committee decided to try another holiday for 2019. Hart Main Street organized the first Hart Healthy 5K race in 2012, and the race was renamed in 2015 to memorialize race organizer Rich Tompkins.
This years race started at 8am with the One Mile Youth run, followed by the 5K hand cycling, then the walk and run. The course took racers from Hart Commons West to 72nd Ave., then South to the Hart Public School Campus. After racing through the school, the course will head South down Water St. to the bike trail, exiting at Enterprise Dr. then back to South State St. heading North and finishing back at Hart Commons.
This years winners in the hand cycle division sponsored by Fusion Medical of Essexville Michigan, were Matthew Chaffee of Grand Rapids with the time 8:42.0, Steve Chapman of Traverse City, 9:06.4, and Nicholas Nieboer of Kalamazoo, 9:51.5.
Top 5k runners were Conor Somers of Fremont MI for the male division with the time 16:44.4, and top female winner Camille Wadal of Grandville MI came in at 26:53.2. The top three finishers in each age group were awarded medals.
Many thanks goes to all the race organizers, volunteers, Hart Police and DPW, race starter Harvey Weaver, the many sponsors who helped make the race possible, and the participants!
Photo credits go to Rachel Kindinger, AmeriCorps VISTA