Mark your calendars: The Scottville US 10&31 Celebration is back and bigger than ever for 2021! The event will be highlighted by the return of the ox roast, as well as the annual princess pageant, rubber duck race, and more.
The annual festival is touted as a celebration of Scottville’s heritage for friends of all ages, old and new. While the event has taken on different names over the years, the Scottville Downtown Development Authority puts on the celebration with the goal of benefitting local businesses and surrounding areas.
Joe Knowles, chair of the DDA, said the board moved the celebration from a previous July date to August to keep it away from other events in the county that seemed to always conflict.
“In addition, the timing of the event now coordinates with the long-standing tradition that the Western Michigan Old Engine Club has for the now 47th annual Old Engine & Tractor Show,” Knowles said. “It was thought that coordinating events to make a larger, more all-encompassing event for the entire town would benefit all, rather than two separate events. We are excited for the future of this large summer event in Downtown Scottville and at the local Scottville Riverside Park/Old Engine Club grounds.”
The DDA is also pleased to bring the ox roast back to Scottville.
“This is an event that occurred often in the past with the old Harvest Festival, and we have had requests for years to bring it back,” Knowles said. “This will be the first time it has been offered (during this celebration).”
Here is the lineup of 2021 events:
- Miss Mason County Scholarship Pageant: Friday, Aug. 6 (7 p.m.) at the Scottville Clown Band Shell
- Classic Car Show: Saturday, Aug. 7 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) on Main Street
- Ox Roast: Saturday, Aug. 7 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Sandwiches, chips and water for a $5 donation
- Rubber Duck Race: Saturday, Aug. 7 (2-3 p.m.) $5 “per quack.” One thousand rubber ducks will race for cash prizes in the Pere Marquette River at Scottville Riverside Park. Purchase your duck ticket at Scottville businesses now. All proceeds benefit the Scottville Optimist Park Project and other DDA projects.
- West Michigan Old Engine Show: Aug. 5-8 at the WMOEC exhibit grounds inside Scottville Riverside Park. Thursday is Senior Day, and Saturday is Kids Day! LMTA is providing transportation to and from downtown Scottville and the Old Engine Club grounds from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Find all the attractions and a schedule HERE.
The DDA, along with stakeholders of the Scottville Clown Band Shell, recently kicked off an additional fundraiser to raise $500,000 for improvements in the city. The Pennies From Heaven Foundation is matching up to $50,000 given to the campaign, which will fund development of park property, band shell relocation, renovation of the Scottville Optimist Hall, a clown band sculpture and playground equipment.
To donate, contact Knowles at 231-757-4743 or visit mason-foundation.org.
For more information on the upcoming celebration, follow the US 10&31 Facebook page.