THE BIG DAY
7:30-9:30 am: Pancake Breakfast at the Sparta Civic Center
Hosted by the United Methodist Church
8:30 am: Run Thru Sparta Presented by Perrin Brewing
Sponsored by: 2K Jigs, North Kent Eagles, Northern Physical Therapy, SNAP Fitness, Split Ends, Sparta Liquor, Sparta Rugby, Sparta Tire & Automotive, and Van Hydraulics
A fast and flat 5K on Sparta’s neighborhood paved streets. Bring the whole family! Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome but required to start at the end of the line. Start at Sparta Civic Center. Early packet pick up and registration Friday, July 21 from 5-7 pm at Balyeat field as well as race day from 6:30-7:45 am. On-line registration at www.goracego.com
9 am -11:59 pm: Beer Tent in Balyeat Field
NEW! Open early to accommodate our Run Thru Sparta runners! $5 Cover. Featuring 16 oz. cans of Budweiser beverages and (NEW!) 12 oz Perrin beer. $4 Each. Only guests 21 & over with a valid photo ID will be admitted after 9 pm. Michigan law requires a VALID PHOTO ID!
9:30-4 pm: Village Marketplace at 156 E. Division (rear parking lot)
Shop and stroll this vendor area from S. Union through the Village parking lot to Washington featuring quality handmade items, trendy crafts and an exciting array of new and resale finds.
10-3 pm: Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Hosted by Sparta Variety
Go back in time and watch the antique powered ice cream machine while you enjoy real ice cream and root beer floats.
10 am -2 pm: Sparta Baptist Church
Sparta Baptist Church will be open for restroom use and will begin serving hot-dogs at 10:30.
10:30 am-11 pm: Food Truck Rally
Hungry? Check out the food trucks in Balyeat Field!
11-4 pm: 9th Annual Balyeat Bags Sparta Cornhole Tournament
Grab a partner for a double elimination Cornhole tournament with Cash Prizes. Two Divisions (Social and Competitive). Registration spartafair.com or you can contact Jason at 616-481-4254 . Early Registration Discounts.
11 am – 4 pm: Stay & Play Kid Zone in Balyeat Field
Fun activities, crafts, and excitement for the family! In Memory of Pattie Olin.
12 pm: Carnival Rides Open in the Village Parking Lot
12 pm: Parade
Grand Marshal: Sparta’s 1953 Football Team
The Sparta Parade is proud to welcome these amazing bands to Sparta Town & Country Days! Sparta High School Marching Band, Sam Swing Band, Coopersville Community Jazz Band, Salvation Army Band, 126th Army Band.
Parade commentary with bleacher seating at Union and Division. Spectators: Please keep children curbside for safety!
After parade: Pete Veldt Memorial Car Show
Sponsored by: Apple Ridge Towing
The cruise-in car show is dedicated to the life and legacy of Sparta citizen Peter James Veldt. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Cars will line the street downtown after the parade.
1:30 pm: Sparta Fire Department Water ball Contest in front of Angela’s Italian Restaurant
4 pm: Pullin’ The Ridge Truck & Tractor Pull Now in Balyeat Field!
Sponsored by: Old Orchard, Daily Deals Foods Outlet, Breckenridge Insurance, Michigan Kenworth, Apple Ridge Towing, Austin Diesel Power, AutoMax of Grand Rapids, Center Point Concrete, Gold Coast Sales, Helena Chemical, Klenk Sweet Cherries, Olivier/VanDyke Insurance, Scheidel Pool, Water Works Irrigation
10:15 pm: Fireworks View from Balyeat field! Rain Date: Sunday, July 23.
Sponsored by Fireworks Plus