By Janae Fear, staff writer

 LEADERS from eight groups for this year’s Tour Our Town on Saturday, Aug. 22, met Tuesday. Attending were (from left): Ken Algozin, Devries Nature Center executive director; Devin Gill, representing Friends of the Shiawassee River; Kathy Brooks, Owosso Community Players executive director; Arlene Wascher, representing the Shiawassee County Historical Museum and Archives; Josh Adams, Owosso Main Street manager; Sue Osika, Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce, Member Services; Piper Brewer, Shiawassee Art Center executive director; and Kim Springsdorf, Shiawassee County Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director as well as Marketing and Event Coordinator for the Steam Railroading Institute. Not pictured was Robert Doran, Historical Director for the Owosso Historical Commission. (Independent Photo/JANAE FEAR)

The third annual Tour Our Town event will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, starting at the Downtown Owosso Farmer’s Market at 8 a.m. The event was created for the purpose of getting local families to explore their hometown and it also offers leaders of area nonprofit organizations the opportunity to collaborate and build relationships. Each of the organizations will be providing free activities and tours. Participants can pick up a passport that can be taken to each of the nine locations to have stamped. Completed passports can be submitted for a chance to win gift certificates, gift baskets or one of two grand prizes including an overnight stay at Comstock Inn and Conference Center with dinner for two at Tanglewood or two North Pole Express Christmas Steam Train Excursion tickets from the Steam Railroading Institute. Passports can be picked up starting August 15 at the Downtown Owosso Farmer’s Market, at any of the participating organizations, the Chamber of Commerce or at City Hall.

The Downtown Owosso Farmer’s Market will be having a family fun day with games, prizes, treats and more. Friends of the Shiawassee River will be stationed behind the Shiawassee Arts Center at the Heritage Bridge where participants will be able to get a closer look at water quality and wildlife in the community. The Shiawassee Arts Center will be having a “Paint like Picasso” large mural that participants can help paint. The Owosso Historical Commission will have both Curwood Castle, with the new “A Blueprint in Time” exhibit in the basement and a newly completed exhibit in the 3rd floor turret, and the Amos Gould House Museum, with the Ivan Conger Archive room, open free to explore. Devries Nature Conservancy will have a scavenger hunt with clues that take visitors to their most popular attractions such as the Nature Playscape, the chicken coop and river lookouts. The Shiawassee County Historical Society Museum will be offering a self-guided treasure hunt to discover artifacts housed at the museum and will have a free gift for children. Stop by the Lebowsky Center for a backstage pass and to catch a preview of the play “Making It” which will debut later that evening. The Steam Railroading Institute will have free admission to the institute, free rides on the miniature railroad, a free family fun fair and discounted Train Robbery Steam Train excursions.

“We are so excited to roll out the red carpet for area families,” said Kim Springsdorf, Shiawassee County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director and Marketing and Event Coordinator for the Steam Railroading Institute. “We had over 100 people participate last year and are hoping for even more this year.”

Third Annual Tour Our Town was last modified: August 17th, 2015 by Karen Elford