Always the 3rd full weekend of Sept.


Festival of the Forks,
Albion, Michigan

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What is the Festival of the Forks?

 See You at the 1999 Forks Festival!

The Name
The Purpose
The Date
The Location
Getting There
Pictures from past years
More Information

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The Name:

The Festival is named after the forks of the Kalamazoo River's east and south branches. When Albion was first settled in 1835 at this river site, it was known as the "Forks."

Some very early history of our community - from the "Historical Notebook" by Frank Passic, Albion's historian.



The Purpose:

The Festival is a celebration of Albion's historic heritage and rich ethnic diversity.



The Date:

Always the third (3rd) weekend in September. The Festival has been celebrated each year since 1966.

2000 - September 15, 16, and 17
2001 - September 21, 22, 23



The Location:

Downtown Albion, Michigan and the beautiful parks flanking the banks of the Kalamazoo River.



Getting There...

Albion is conveniently located off exits 121 and 124 along Interstate 94, between Battle Creek and Jackson. Follow the business 94 route to downtown or take M-99 to the heart of activities!

Map of how to get to Albion, Michigan.

Map of Downtown Albion.


Events - 2000

Friday September 15, 2000

Date Event Location
All Day Children's Carnival Rieger Park
5:00 PM Spaghetti Dinner Salem United Church of Christ
5:00 PM Sister City Ceremony City Hall
5:30 PM Bicycle Decorating Contest Stoffer Plaza
6:30 PM Pet Show Stoffer Plaza
7:00-9:00 PM Gardner House Museum Superior Street
Gospel Choirs Victory Park
5K Forks Run Victory Park
7:00-9:00 PM Art Show Albion Public Library
7:00-9:00 PM Book Sale Albion Public Library
8:00 PM Luminary Walk Victory Park

Saturday - September 16, 2000 All Day Events

Event Location
Albion Ambulance Service Cass and Superior Street
Albion Public Safety Cass and Superior Street
Antique Thrashers and Equipment Rieger Park
Art Show Albion Public Library
Arts and Crafts Superior Street & Stoffer Plaza
Bingo Tent Behind Ace Hardware
Book Sale Albion Public Library
Out of the Box Production Games Moon Walk, Rock Climbing and Bungee Run
Children's Activities All Around Town
Children's Carnival Rides Rieger Park
Face Painting Superior Street
Flea Market Rieger Park
Food Booths Superior Street & Stoffer Plaza
Gardner House Museum South Superior Street
Information Booth Cass and Superior Street
Sales of Shirts & Buttons
Llamas Rieger Park
National Guard Unit Victory Park
Petting Zoo Rieger Park
Pony Rides Rieger Park
Public Awareness Information Erie & Superior Street
Forks Marketplace North Superior Street

Saturday-September 17, 2000 - Continued

Time Event Location
10:00 AM Children's Parade Michigan Avenue & Superior
12:00 Noon Live Entertainment Center Street Stage
12:00-5:00PM Derick Edwards Bicycle Safety Jamboree Victory Park Pavilion
12:00 Noon Boy Scout Canoe Race Victory Park
1:00 PM Soft Ball Tournament Women's Fast Pitch Harris Field & Ketchum Park
2:00 PM Forks Awards Center Stage
2:00 PM Pie Eating Contest Superior/Erie Street
4:00 PM Quilt Drawing Gardner House Museum
7:00 PM Evening Parade Michigan Avenue & Superior Street
8:00 PM Teen Dance Washington Gardner Jr. High

Sunday September 17, 2000

Time Event Location
All Day Children's Carnival Rides Rieger Park
1:00-4:00 PM Gardner House Museum Superior Street
All Day Soft Ball Tournament Harris Field & Ketchum Park (if needed)



More Information:

About Albion:
Albion Michigan

First Aid Stations
Parks Drug Store - Superior and Erie Street
Albion Ambulance Service - Cass and Superior Street

Sweatshirts - T Shirts - Buttons
Festival Information Booth
Albion Chamber of Commerce
Parks Drug Store
Seelye's Men's and Women's Wear
Young's Apparel for Men and Women
Young's Pharmacy

Festival Of The Forks
PO Box 524
Albion, MI 49224

The Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce


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