Paw Paw Days is growing

    PAW PAW - The Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce’s Paw Paw Days will be of of the hottest events of the season. Not only are temperatures forecast to hit 90 degrees next Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, but the community has joined in to grow it into a weekend of family fun.
    The cornerstone event is the Paw Paw Days Car & Truck Show, as it has been for the past 23 years, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Sponsored this year by Seelye-Paw Paw, the car show draws owners who display their treasured vehicles of all ages, models, and condition  along Michigan Avenue.  With sunny weather, Chamber organizers expect  between 200-250 gems for viewing. Exhibitors will be on hand to “talk cars” with visitors and each other; and 45 trophies will be awarded at the end of the day.
    The Masons will be serving a pancake breakfast at their lodge, next to Shampoo Hut, to start the morning off right. Arts and crafts, food and other vendor booths will line the County Park, and the Paw Paw Farmers Market will open for a special Paw Paw Days bazaar on the north corner of Michigan Avenue and Niles Street.
    Another popular all-day Saturday activity is the Kids’ Zone children’s play area, hosted by Freshwater Community Church and its congregation of volunteers. Families can find giant inflatables, water play, games and more to keep their youngsters busy in the Van Buren County Courthouse parking lot.            
    Adding to the traditional attractions this year will be a cornhole tournament, hosted by AYSO Soccer, who will keep the proceeds to benefit their local players.  Play starts at 11 a.m. on Paw Paw Street.
    In the front yard of the Carnegie Community Center, just west of the County Park, the Southwest Michigan Artists’ Association will have work on display and for sale.  And inside the Carnegie, an exhibit entitled, “Past Times In Paw Paw: A History of Baseball in Our Hometown” will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Downtown restaurants and retailers will have special Paw Paw Days goings-on inside and out; visit them inside and out.  Tom Askey will be on stage at the Warner Vineyard amphitheater Saturday,  4 to 7 p.m.   

Those who wish to make a weekend of it should come Friday night, when some car show exhibitors gather for a tour through the village’s surrounding countryside, beginning at Tractor Supply, at 6 p.m. and ending up at Red’s Rootbeer for eats and chats. A map on page 8 outlines their route.
    Cruisers and everyone else are invited later to the Paw Paw Brewing Company to enjoy Jimmy Phillips and the Mortals, at 9 p.m.
    The Paw Paw Village Players’ production of Rod-gers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” opens Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage at Freshwater Community Church.  Per-formances continue on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 3 p.m.
    Visitors will also find Sunday in Paw Paw offers reasons to stretch the weekend out, too. The Farmers Market will be open for its regular hours on the corner of Gremps and Paw Paw streets, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Some downtown retailers will be open for special Sunday hours, and the free evening Concert on the Lake at Maple Lake Amphi-theatre Park features the popular Bronk Bros. at 6:30.
    Down times anytime may be filled with a paddle on Maple Lake from the new launch at Sunset Park, or down the Paw Paw River from the canoe launch behind the hydro-electric dam at the north end of the lake.  Picnic on Maple Isle after any adventure.        
    For more information or to register vehicles, call Chamber Coordinator April Garcia at (269) 657-5395.

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