Events & Festivals

graphicClinton County is serious about its "Mint Festival." This event is a guaranteed adult and kid pleaser. The annual festival takes place in August and commemorates mint farming, which began in the county about 100 years ago. These days, more than 60,000 people attend the event annually.

County farmers grow a variety of crops. However, mint holds a special place in their hearts, not only because of the plant’s sweet smell, which permeates the countryside, but also because it symbolizes the area farmers’ innovativeness.

This festival, which has been voted "Best Small Town Festival in Michigan" and has been presented the first "Regional Excellence Award for Arts, Culture and Entertainment" is packed with excitement.

graphicThe year’s Mint Queen is elected and the fun begins with the grand opening celebration. The festival continues with arts and crafts, a flea market, softball and roller-hockey tournaments, miniature golf, pony rides, hot air balloon lift-offs, antique tractor pulls, theater and performing musicians and so much more. One of the festivals’ highlights is the annual Mint City Rodeo, nominated for "Best New Rodeo in the Nation" in 1996.

But why stop with one festival? The "Wizard of Oz" festival proves that "There is no place like Clinton County." And since the color green, thanks to all that mint, is a favorite, it just makes sense to celebrate Emerald City, while paying tribute to the famous film.

Several original members from the "Munchkin" cast help get things going. Activities include an arts and crafts show, a parade, autograph sessions and, of course, the showing of the "Wizard of Oz" movie.

In October, mint has to take a temporary back seat to squash during the "Pumpkins on Parade." Besides the pumpkin judging and pumpkin roll, children may compete in pie eating and sidewalk chalk art.

These are times to enjoy and remember. Best of all, these are events to look forward to every year.


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