Urban HayDay

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Name: Urban HayDay
Date: October 18, 2014
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

The Urban HayDay will be a fun-filled event with a little bit of something for everyone.

A big thanks to the event sponsor: 

The festival takes place at two locations (which are connected by hayrides!).  Stop by either Gemmen's Home & Hardware or the Hudsonville Farmer's Co-Op to start your fall adventure!

More details will follow, but here's what's committed so far:

Live Music

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Join us at the Farmer's Co-Op for live country music on our stage made of haywagons!  The Kent County String Band will perform from 11am to 1pm.  The Kari Lynch Band will perform from 2pm to 5pm.  Eating contests will take place on the main stage as well throughout the day!

Critter Barn

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A fan favorite!  Come check out all of the furry friends at the Critter Barn display.  The educational farm exhibit is a great way for you to experience a little touch of country, right downtown Hudsonville.  The animals are all very friendly and demonstrations will happen throughout the day.

Pumpkin Carving

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Try your hand at pumpkin carving.  Gemmen's Home and Hardware will have the pumpkins, carving utensils, and everything else you need to carve a spectacular orange work of art.  Bring your creativity!   Take home your pumpkin when you are done!!  Pumpkins are only $1.00!



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Hayrides will run between Gemmen's and the Farmer's Co-Op throughout the day.  Climb aboard one of these tractor-pulled wagons for a fun ride between the two sites full of activities!  A special 'thank you' to Fillmore Equipment for operating the hayrides all day, to Decker Brother Farms and to the Riverbend Steam and Gas Association  for letting us use your wagons and to Poverty Acres for the use of your straw!


Giant Pumpkin Carver

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Come see Pumpkin Ed carve a one-of-a-kind creation into a 400 pound pumpkin!  It will take 4-5 hours to carve, so be sure to stop by a few times to see the progress!

Tractor Show

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Stop by Prospect Street between 11 am & 3 pm to check out the antique and vintage tractors on display.  The owners of the tractors will be on site to answer any questions you may have!  Vote for your favorite tractor before you leave!

Relax With Us

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We will have a big tent set up that you can use throughout the day to get out of the sun (hopefully!), enjoy some lunch, or even just sit and listen to some music at the event.  Don't forget to stay for the Lion's Club Chili Dinner at 4:30 pm!

Chili Dinner

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The Hudsonville Lion's Club will be hosting a Chili dinner fundraiser under the big tent, starting at 4:30 pm.  Don't worry about dinner - just stop by for a quick bowl of Chili! The Chili dinner will include a bowl of chili, crackers or corn chips, and a drink for just $5!  

It's a great deal for dinner - and a great opportunity to support the local Lions Club and their efforts to assist those in need!

Cider & Donuts

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Enjoy delicious cider and donuts fresh from Post Family Farm, brought to you courtesy of Hulst-Jepsen Physical Therapy!


Pumpkin Races

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For the very first time, we will be running the First Annual Hudsonville Pumpkin Races!  Build your pumpkin and bring it with you to the festival.  Races will take place at 3pm and the winner will be crowned the Pumpkin King or Queen!  (Think pinewood derby, but with pumpkins!!) See more .

Pony Rides

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Six ponies will be on site from 1pm to 5pm this year to give free rides to all of the kids!!  

Stop by the Gemmens end of the festival for this fun Urban HayDay treat!

Rubber Chicken Launch

We are excited to launch a new event this year... the Rubber Chicken Launch!  The person who launches their rubber chicken the furthest (using our giant slingshot) will win a $200 cash prize!  Buy a chicken at the event for just $2 to play or snag three chickens for $5.

Bounce House

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Back by popular demand, you'll find a bounce house for the little ones, provided by City2Shore!

Kiddo Corral & Prize Pack

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We are excited to bring you the Kiddo Corral full of fun (and free) activities for your little ones.  Appletree Learning Centers is presenting the area - along with a fun prize pack of family fun for one lucky family that stops by at least four of the stations in the kiddo corral!

Caramel Apple Station

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Stop by to see Community West Credit Union and make your own caramel apple pop for free!  What a fun and tasty treat to enjoy at the festival!

Halloween House

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Stop by the Halloween House at Hudsonville Chiropractic (at the Farmer's Co-Op end of the festival) for a Halloween House.  Walk through the Halloween House and find candy, goodie bags, and lots of Halloween themed fun for the little ones!

Eating Contests

Pie Eating Contest

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Who doesn't love a delicious personal sized pie.  Yum!  Join us for the pie eating contest on the main stage.  Youth & Adult contests!​  Contest will take place at noon. 


Pumpkin Donut Eating Contest

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We'll be serving up stacks of pumpkin donuts in this delious, sugar filled eating contest.  Join us for the pumpkin donut eating contest on the main stage.  Youth & Adult contests! Contest will take place at 3:30 pm.


The Arby's Meat Mountain Eating Contest

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Have you heard of the Meat Mountain?  Are you prepared to give this epic sandwich a whirl?  The kid's contest will feature a classic roast beef.  Contest will take place at 1:00 pm.

Costume Contest & Walk

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Back by popular demand, stop by Grand Valley Health Plan between 10 am & 10:45 am to join in on the Costume Walk & Contest with Grand Valley Health Plan.  The costume parade will travel to the main stage  at the Farmer's Co-Op where you'll see if you won the cash prizes for best costume!!!

Line Dancing Lessons

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  Get your country groove on and enjoy free line dance lessons with Lia Linedance at Urban HayDay (at the Gemmen's end)! The line dancing lessons will run from 11am to 1pm, but you can keep on dancing all day!

Farmer's Market & Vendors 

 Browse fresh produce, food, crafts and items for sale in our Farmer's Market and Vendor area. 

The following vendors have already committed: 
  • Allen Utter Farms
  • Callalily
  • Creative Stitches
  • Family Time Bakery
  • Great Bread Company
  • Harbor House Ministries
  • Hubbert's Kettle Corn
  • Hudsonville Tshirts
  • Jamberry
  • Jet's Pizza
  • Katelyn Blood
  • Kiekovers
  • ​Rosy Sheep Boutique
  • Tastefully Simple
  • Thunder Gun Cafe
  • Truda Smit 

Need Directions?

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  Thanks to Vredevoogd-Brummel Insurance, we will again have great signage up around the festival to show you just where to go for each of the activities mentioned above!
Event Media:
Gemmens Home & Hardware
Hudsonville Farmer's Co-Op

Date/Time Information:
11am - 5pm

Special Thanks To Our In-Kind Partners: 
~ Fillmore Equipment
~ Fairhaven Church
~ Decker Brother Farms
~ Poverty Acres 
Contact Information:
Michelle Fare
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