“ Yeehaw!,” readers: Over 80 acres of Midland will serve as the site for The Michigan Antique and Collectible Festival Sept. 26-27, the last set of dates until next summer. The festival, held three times a year and now in its 41st year, features a classic car show, a Coin and Sports Memorabilia building and local bluegrass and folk bands, including:
Mark Richardson & Tequila Town Band: 3 p.m. Sept. 26th in the Michigan Antique Festival Dance Hall. They’ve opened for Gretchen Wilson and Kenny Chesney, as well as performing with such acts as Rodney Atkins, Luke Bryan and Phil Vassar at the 2009 Downtown Hoedown – the largest free country music festival in the nation. They’re currently working on their sophomore effort, “Commerce,” to be released next summer.
The Blue Coyote Band: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Dance Hall. They’re the epitome of traditional country from the ’70s and ’80s, and the International Country Music Association recently nominated them for their song “Light in the Window.”
The HeyJ’s: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 26 and 1-4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the 4-H Picnic Area. With their soft-sounding guitar melodies and vocal talents, this trio will be sure to swoon fans of acoustic music as they cover classic oldies and timeless faves.
The festival will be held 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 26 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Midland County Fairgrounds. A special Friday “Early Bird” entry opportunity is available during dealer setup for $15 per person (10 a.m.- 5 p.m.). All events are held rain or shine and ample parking is available at no extra cost.
The Michigan Antique and Collectible Festival
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 26, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 27
Midland County Fairgrounds
6905 Eastman Ave., Midland