Marshall residents look forward to Community Day
Marshall Township Community Day on July 23 at the township's Knob Hill Park is a free event packed with activities for people of all ages.
Highlights include performances by hula and fire dancers, a Safety House demonstration by the Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department, a horse-drawn wagon and live music and fireworks.
For children, there will be crafts and games, a story time by Northland Public Library representatives, pony rides and a petting zoo.
Food will be sold.
Marshall parks and recreation director Heather Jerry said the township's first Community Day event was held in 1933 at Knob Hill Park.
At 157 acres, Knob Hill is the largest of the township's three parks.
Jerry said Community Day has added activities, sponsors and attendees over the years.
“The event has grown with the township's growth,” she said.
Jerry said around 2,000 people usually attend. Founded in 1863, the township had a population of 8,608 as of 2015.
Marshall Supervisor Jason Bragunier, 41, began going to the event as a child and now takes his two daughters to it. He said he likes that it brings Marshall residents together.
Resident Sydney Bragunier, 5, said she enjoys watching the fireworks with her parents.
Her sister, Sarah Bragunier, 8, said her favorite parts of Community Day are going on the climbing wall with her friends and the watermelon-eating contest. Sarah was proud to win a goldfish in a ball-tossing game last year.
Karen Kadilak is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.