Fenton DDA, Chamber collaborate | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

It looks like there will be plenty of activities and events taking place in downtown Fenton throughout the rest of 2022.

At its meeting March 22, the Fenton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Board of Directors discussed and approved event applications submitted by the Fenton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The DDA and chamber have worked together over the years as an event sponsor for such activities as the Fenton Freedom Festival on the Fourth of July, Taste in Fenton and Jinglefest.

Mike Hart, assistant city manager and DDA executive director, told the board that the chamber has done good work in running these events.

Fenton Freedom Festival Is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4. In 2021, the chamber utilized a $ 7,000 grant award to run the event and Hart doesn’t expect any cost change. The DDA approved a $ 7,000 grant application by the chamber for running the 2022 Fenton Freedom Festival. This event will take place at the Fenton Community & Cultural Center and Silver Lake Park.

The Fenton Freedom Festival, which typically attracts at least 10,000 people, will once again feature a pancake breakfast, parade, rubber ducky regatta, food booths, children’s games, craft show and fireworks.

The $ 7,000 grant from the DDA will be used to help cover costs of flyers, posters, advertising and the fireworks. Overall, it costs nearly $ 21,000 to put on the Fenton Freedom Festival.

Taste in Fenton Is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17. The requested 2022 grant amount for running the event is $ 5,000. Hart expects costs to remain the same. The DDA approved the $ 5,000 grant application for the chamber to run this year’s Taste in Fenton.

This event will take place on the grounds of the Fenton Community & Cultural Center and throughout the city of Fenton. Taste in Fenton gives area restaurants the opportunity to share their cuisine. It also provides an atmosphere with entertainment and live music as well as a chance to showcase the downtown and park area of ​​the river.

According to the chamber’s records, prior to COVID, Taste in Fenton profited $ 20,000 to $ 25,000, however, the success of this event is largely dependent on the weather. In 2021, the event ended with a net income of $ 17,340. Taste in Fenton helps fund the opportunity for the chamber to provide all of the community events and programs throughout the years as well as maintain upkeep to its building and property.

Jinglefest is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3. The requested grant amount for running the event is $ 5,000. The DDA approved the $ 5,000 grant application by the chamber.

Jinglefest, which kicks off the holiday season, includes use of the Fenton Community & Cultural Center and the Fenton United Methodist Church. It encourages people to shop locally. It features the Jingle Jog, parade and fireworks, all in the downtown area. The parade alone attracts between 3,000 and 5,000 people.

This festival promotes community awareness for the downtown, encourages shopping locally and it reminds people to shop where they live, work and play.

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