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Month: August 2014

Construction in Olivet on schedule despite rain

Olivet road commissioner Karl Weaver said construction on Main Street in downtown Olivet remains on schedule despite a few days of heavy rain. “We’re still on a 60-day schedule,” Weaver said. “We’re up to Washington Street with storm sewer and will start putting in water mains on Thursday. Things are going to really start progressing now that a lot of the dirty work is out of the way.” Progress will be a welcome sign for downtown business owners who have been hit hard by the construction. Sandi Eishen, owner of This & That Treasures and Collectibles said her business...

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Anticipation building for crafts on the Courthouse lawn

You may not notice the the leaves on the trees starting to change colors or that some have even begun to fall to the ground. That’s only because your eyes will be transfixed by the sheer number of white tents, colorful crafts and people filling Courthouse Square for the annual Charlotte Frontier Days arts and crafts show. The food wagons will be in place and the city will be all a buzz. The yearlong process of meetings, emails, mailings and phone calls is about to become a reality. Behind the scenes on the 1885 Courthouse Square lawn, the map layout will be laid, the tents and canopies will be set up, water, electric and picnic tables ready, thanks to my husband, Randy, son-in-law, Gary Reichert, cousin, Olivia Belger, nephew, AJ Luna, Julie Kimmer, Chris Garrison, Sally Starkweather and the Charlotte Department of Public Works crew. Just as all of that work settles down, the arts & crafters make their way to Charlotte with their canopies and tables for the busy weekend. This year’s event will feature a wide assortment of Amish baked goods, wind chimes, leather goods, jewelry, maple syrup products, sweat shirts, t-shirts, oak furniture, wood crafts, crocheted/sewn items, ceramics, caricatures, photography, fudge, cement yard ornaments and metal art, to name a few. With the help from the Charlotte Police Department for traffic control, Friday, Sept. 5 morning...

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Big hair not mandatory but encouraged for 80s night

Thursday, Sept. 4 is Throw Back Thursday in the truest sense of the phrase since social media went overboard categorizing every day of the week. Can you honestly think of a greater time to throwback to than the 1980s with its crazy hair and gaudy fashion? The Charlotte Frontier Days Board can’t either, that’s why they are introducing 80s Night at the Candy Ford Saloon. Ladies, it’s time to break out all of that extra Aqua Net you’ve been storing away and tease those bangs to epic heights once again. Gentlemen, it’s time to bust out your parachute pants, gold chains and dust off those old Adidas, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love the 80s? The evening will include your favorite tunes performed by the band, Square Pegz. Drink specials all night include slushy drinks and $1 pucker shots. If nothing else, you won’t want to miss the “I Want Candy” candy buffet, featuring a variety of 80s candy favorites. So, help us celebrate Throwback Thursday by coming to the biggest 80s party of the year. The Charlotte Frontier Days Board wants everyone to have a good time. Please drink responsibly. Cabs will be available. Stay safe and don’t drink and...

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Claim your spot early, Frontier Days Parade begins at 10:30 a.m.

Cochran Avenue begins to fill with people earlier and earlier each year on the Saturday of Frontier Days. Some people claim their spots at dawn, others take their chances, but everyone wants a good spot to watch the annual Frontier Days Parade. This year, the fun gets underway at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 as the lights and sirens of the Charlotte Police Department lead a cast of hundreds down Lawrence and Cochran avenues. Team One Chevrolet of Charlotte is sponsoring this year’s parade, which promises to be as good as ever. Saturday morning’s festivities feature entertainment for the entire family. You will enjoy a variety of parade entries, including floats, horse drawn wagons, riders on horseback, high school bands and clowns.  You will also see fire trucks, old tractors, antique cars, and much more. The 2014 Frontier Days King, Queen, Prince and Princess will travel in mule-drawn wagons and a special car will carry this year’s Grand Marshals.  This year Charlotte Frontier Days is honored to introduce Joe and Lori Pray as 2014 Grand Marshals. The Pray Family has a history of service to the Charlotte community and Joe and Lori have played an important role in that history. It is in recognition of their many contributions that they were selected to be this year’s Grand Marshals. Frontier Days is a celebration of Charlotte as a community....

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Candy Ford Saloon the place to be during Frontier Days

Hey out there to all the Saloon fans, you guessed it … the Charlotte Frontier Days Candy Ford Saloon is once again opening its doors for you to come hang out with all your friends, old and new. The Saloon will be a very happening splace Sept. 3 through Sept. 6. All of the action gets underway Wednesday at 6 p.m. as the Candy Ford Saloon hosts the Prince and Princess pageant, inaugural Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off and the King and Queen Scholarship presentation. Thursday night is Throw Back Thursday — 80’s style. The band Square Pegz will be blasting away 80’s tunes we probably all remember and still sing to. Come join us for big hair, parachute pants and some old time drinks. Not into the 80s? No worries, DJ Trivia will take place in the big tent from 7 to 10 p.m. Another staple of Charlotte Frontier Days is the Dancing Deputies. They will be performing around 8:45 p.m. and you won’t want to miss that. Friday the Candy Ford Saloon re-opens from 5 to 6 p.m. for Happy Hour. Drink specials are abundant during this first hour and there is no cover charge. At 6 p.m. the cover charge is initiated and is still only $5 for the entire night’s entertainment. Cottage Inn Pizza will be there, so there is no need to...

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