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30th River Raisin Festival begins: Magical History Tour!

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11th July

When the 30th Annual Blissfield River Raisin Festival returns to Bachmayer and Ellis parks on both sides of the River Raisin in Blissfield July 10-13, there’s a big change in the schedule: A shift to a pumped-up Thursday, Friday and Saturday, rather than the traditional Friday-Sunday schedule. The reason; the popularity and growth of the Thursday evening events.

“We have had Thursday night activities for a few years now with the carnival actually opening on Wednesday — which it will again this year,” Fetzer said. “Our Thursday attendance was growing, but Sundays were dropping off.’ She explained that the growth of Thursday afternoon and evening is seen as an opportunity to add even more activity on Thursday night including acts on the main stage and the Car and Bike Show — with a free “drive-in movie” to follow as well as the opening … Read More »



Sand sculpture comes to life at Blissfield River Raisin Festival

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11th July

As children, many people have memories of building sand castles at the beach. It took just the right amount of sand mixed with a little water packed firmly in a pail to produce a basic sand sculpture. Roger Powell of Findlay, Ohio, has taken the concept to a much grander scale with intricate artistry and design. This week he will bring his amazing sand art to the River Raisin Festival. Approximately 80 tons of sand is being delivered to Ellis Park in the area of the bridge close to U.S. 223 where Powell will spend the better part of the next three days creating a larger-than-life sand sculpture depicting the festival’s “Magical History Tour: 30 Festive Years” as well as highlighting some of the icons and images that are specifically Blissfield. Powell is known for his creations that draw tens … Read More »



Blissfield police chief plans to retire

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11th July

By Melissa Burnor

After 11 years at the helm of the Blissfield Village Police Department, Chief Jane Kelley will hang up her gun belt and badge at the end of the year. The announcement was made at the July 8 Blissfield Village council meeting.

Kelley said she announced her retirement early so that the village could take begin the process of hiring a new police chief. Her intentions are to retire Dec. 31.

For the complete story, please pick up a copy of The Advance, July 10, 2013, edition. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.