THE FIRST MCCURDY FESTIVAL was held in Corunna from Thursday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 1. The early autumn event; formerly the Corunna Apple Festival, was organized by the Corunna Parks & Recreation committee. The new festival included a Saturday morning car show, disc golf, a pancake breakfast, a carnival presented by Maple Leaf Amusements that featured rides centrally set-up in McCurdy Park, and more. The ornate carousel and Ferris wheel can be viewed on the evening of Friday, Sept. 29.
A craft and vendor show included “Time for Flowers” offering freshly cut floral arrangements; “Color Me Vintage” with a display of colorful, refurbished furniture; and other merchants selling jewelry, sunglasses, candles, and a sundry of items.
Howard Galloway, of Owosso, was at the festival on Saturday, representing the Patrick Colbeck for Governor campaign. Colbeck (R-MI) is a 7th-District Michigan State Senator and a conservative, who kicked-off his gubernatorial bid in late July.
Food vendors at McCurdy Festival offered apple cider slushies, lemonade, walking tacos, fries, elephant ears, and the usual carnival foods.
Hugh McCurdy, a Scottish immigrant, lawyer, probate judge, state senator, and eventual mayor of Corunna, donated the land to Corunna for McCurdy Park in 1899. As many know, the Shiawassee County Fair was held in the park until 1987.
(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)