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First Things: August 2022

Something Old
Vicksburg market offers vintage wares

Whether you’re just feeling nostalgic or looking for that refurbished mid-century modern table for your home, you might find just what you want at the Vicksburg Vintage Market, set for Aug. 21 at the Vicksburg Pavilion, 300 N. Richardson St.

This seasonal market, which runs from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month May through September, will feature vendors selling wares from antique toys and books to jewelry, glassware, furniture and one-of-a kind items.

For more information, visit the market’s Facebook page at

Something New
Parade of Homes shows 10 new houses

You can see the latest trends in homebuilding when 10 new houses and one remodeled house are featured in the annual Parade of Homes for two weekends this month.

The tour, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Western Michigan and scheduled for Aug. 4–6 and Aug. 11–13, will feature single-family homes built by eight builders across Kalamazoo County, including lakefront, condominium and urban residences.

The hours for the tour are 6–9 p.m. Aug. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and 1–7 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13. Tickets are $8 until Aug. 4 or $10 after that date and available online at They will also be sold during the Parade at each of the homes. The Parade also features an online guidebook and app, which can be found on the website.

Something Festive
Animals, magic and more at Youth Fair

Do you like seeing farm animals and watching horse shows? Then visit the Kalamazoo County Youth Fair, which runs from Aug.10–13 at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground, 2900 Lake St.

The four-day fair will focus on 4-H programs and agricultural education, featuring the showing and judging of animals from rabbits and poultry to goats, pigs and beef cattle. The fair will also include horse dressage and jumping competitions, a display of antique farm equipment, a livestock auction and food vendors.

The last day of the fair will offer a Family Festival, featuring pony rides, inflatables, a dog show, a goat obstacle course, hands-on educational activities and a kids’ entertainment stage with magic shows and more.

Admission Wednesday–Friday is $5 per vehicle or $2 a person for walk-ins and vehicles with more than 8 people and $15 per person or $5 person for walk-ins and vehicles with more than 8 people on Saturday. Children aged 5 and younger are admitted free.

Something Saucy
Rib Fest returns

There’s more to Rib Fest than just those saucy slivers of meat. Pop and rock artists will satisfy those with an appetite for music.

Rib Fest will take place from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place, in downtown Kalamazoo. It will feature 11 national and local rib vendors and their secret sauces as the vendors compete for top honors.

On the music menu at 6 p.m. Aug. 5 is Pop 2000 Tour, featuring such 2000 musical artists as the boy band O-Town, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, and David Cook. Performing on Aug. 6 will be two rock bands — Puddle of Mudd at 11 a.m. and Sister Hazel at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12– $50 and available online at They will also be sold at the event.

Something Historic
Walks offer local history

History and architecture buffs — or folks just wanting a little interesting exercise — can learn as they stroll during the Gazelle Sports Historic Walks this month.

Lynn Houghton — regional history curator for the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collection, co-author of Kalamazoo Lost & Found and frequent Encore contributor — will lead these walking tours, sharing with participants the history and architecture of the locales. The walks take place rain or shine unless severe weather is predicted. This month’s tours will focus on:

• The Milwood neighborhood, 8–9:30 a.m. Aug. 5, beginning at Miles Avenue and Portage Street.
• The West Main Historic District, 6:30–8 p.m. Aug. 11, beginning at the corner of Monroe Street and Grand Avenue.
The Schoolcraft Township Cemetery, 8–9:30 a.m. Aug. 25, beginning at U.S .131 and West Lyons Street in Schoolcraft.
• Kalamazoo libraries, 8–9:30 a.m. Aug. 26, beginning at Gazelle Sports, 214 S. Kalamazoo Mall.

For more information, including a full schedule of the series’ tours, visit

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