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  • E-Newsletter September





    Add Some Color to Your Life
    Explore Fall in the Big Rapids Region! As Mecosta County begins to Explode with vibrant colors red, gold and orange, be sure to Experience them all with our Mecosta County Color Tour. 🍂🍁🍂
    After seeing the art selections from our last Willful Women exhibit, celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring women’s federal right to vote with stories and other artifacts.This multi-faceted exhibit in August and September honors the many willful women who fought for decades to achieve voter equality.
    Unleash your creative side through one of many classes offered by Artworks through the Fall of 2020. From photography to drawing, there's something for everyone.
    Pocket Park Concert Series will be set up to follow social distancing guidelines. For those who would like to watch virtually, the Downtown Business Association (DBA) will do a Facebook live video of the event on their page.
    The Farmers' Market is a showcase for locally-grown food and other seasonal products, providing fresh and nutritious options for all! They are an important part of the community and for the local economy.
    The Big Rapids Downtown Farmers Market is showcased on Tuesdays (12pm-5pm) and Fridays (8am-2pm) in the summer season, and many vendors come together to sell their produce, crafts and more! To see this farmers market and the rest in Mecosta County, please click here to see this brochure.
    We're holding our second annual Lucky Duck Race at Mitchell Creek Park! Ducks can be purchased for $5 each at participating businesses. All proceeds will go to Our Brothers Keeper for crucial items of need and raising awareness.
    The mParks (Michigan Parks and Recreation) Foundation is hosting a Virtual 5K (3.1 miles), the month of September, to raise funds along with our community partners to provide accessible recreation opportunities for parks and programs. (You can run, walk, skateboard, SUP, bike, surf, handcycle or swim a 5K anytime during the month of September).
    Choose to Stay Remembrance Walk is put on by the Mecosta County Choose to Stay non-profit organization in an effort to raise awareness about suicide. Please join them in their remembrance walk on September 19th.
    Explore Mother Nature's Playground
    Whether you are looking for a place to hike or bike, Mecosta County has the trail for you. From a leisurely stroll while taking in a scenic view or for more of a challenging adventure, we can point you in the right direction for the trail that is right for you.
    Visit here for details on the numerous trails throughout the county.
    Run, Hike, Ride, or Paddle - EVERY MILE COUNTS
    Are you up for the challenge? During Michigan Trails Week, we're challenging Michiganders to make every mile count by self-reporting mileage spent on non-motorized trails. Earn badges for completing miles. For each badge you earn, you will be entered in a drawing for cool outdoor gear and Michigan branded prizes!
    Make sure to Register for the event in order to log your mile(s) and earn badges!
    Donate to Your Favorite Trails
    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance teamed up to highlight trail projects that need your help. Money raised for these trail projects will directly go to them and make a positive impact.
    The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail has 29 miles of its 92-mile stretch that are still in need of being paved. The Friends of the White Pine Trail and their partners trust within the next couple years the entire trail can be paved. If you would like to make a donation during Michigan Trails Week please click here.
    Dragon Trail
    The Dragon Trail will be a national attraction that Mecosta and Newaygo counties will have and be proud to feature as a destination. This 47 mile trail is a circular loop that goes around water and will provide opportunities for biking, running and water events which is rare in itself. The 2-foot-wide trail will be a one-of-a-kind regional, national and even international attraction.
    You can explore over 100 lakes, numerous streams, the Muskegon River and thousands of acres of state land. From lake finders and state maps to where you can purchase your licenses, we have all the details you have been hunting for in the great outdoors.
    Click here for our fishing page to find all your resources and information!
    Enjoy these Community Amenities while following Social Distancing Guidelines.
    Mecosta County Visitors Bureau 
    127 South State Street. Suite B. Big Rapids, MI 49307
    231-796-7640 | WEBSITE | EMAIL
  • Places to Stay

    Country Inn & Suites

    15344 Waldron Way
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center

    1005 Perry Street
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Hampton Inn & Suites

    15320 Waldron Way 
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Quality Inn & Suites

    1705 S. State St.
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Super 8 Motel

    845 Water Tower Rd.
    Big Rapids, MI 49307

    Tullymore Golf Resort

    11969 Tullymore Dr.
    Stanwood, MI 49346

    The Inn at St. Ives

    9940 St. Ives Dr.
    Stanwood, MI 49346

    Morley Motel 

    2097 Northland Dr.
    Morley, MI 49336
    (231) 856-7820