Harrison takes to streets

August 27, 2015


By Steve Landon

The summer of 2015 could well go down as one of the best for Harrison in recent years. After getting off to a slow start with cool temperatures old mother-nature delivered a home run providing great weather for the bulk of the summer season, this proved the case at the annual Harrison Street Fair August 21, & 22. People from all over the area as well as downstate packed the down town for two days of fun and shopping.

Friday’s opening day was a motor-head’s paradise during a visit from the US 27 Car tour. Fresh off spending Thursday night in Clare the tour headed for Harrison with over 300 unique and vintage vehicles from days gone bye. Even non car buffs couldn’t resist checking out the shining road of vehicles.

From the Surrey House south to the Library on First street, it was packed with vendors selling everything from farm fresh produce to multicolored dresses. In the kids area face painting, fishing, rock wall climbing, a bounce house, crafts and a petting zoo kept youngsters happy. Across from the Library Chuck Ulch and others showed off their collection of unique vintage snowmobiles to several visitors who chatted about the good old days of snowmobiling remembering when Harrison was a top destination for sledders.

The 5K run was dominated by the Lockwood family of Harrison. Cherry Lockwood ‘20 won Overall Female running the course in 25:07 minutes, Jim Lockwood ‘28 grabbed Male 20-29 with a time of 22:05. Mike Lockwood the old timer in the bunch claimed top honors in Male 30-39 with a time of 23:45. Ron Callen ‘46 was the Overall Male winner posting a course time of 22:03 Additional winners were; Female 12 & Under Haley Cooper ‘11 – Time 33:45, Second place Victoria Oaks ‘4 – Time 45:55, Male 13 – 19 Kyle Eichhorn ‘18. Time 34:04, Female 20-29 Kelli Fitzpatrick ‘28 – Time 28:56, Female 30 – 39 Shelby Shankel ‘32 Time 25:16, Second Michelle Oaks ‘ 34 Time 45:51, Male 40-49 Kevin Eichorn, 40:28 Female 50-59 Melanie Conway ‘41, Time 32:03.

While temperatures were a bit on the warm side at the end of the run everyone came through fine, one lady even ran the course with her dog. Harrison Cub Scout Pack 3645 helped on the course and presented awards.

The highlight of the race was seeing four year old Victoria Oaks and her mother Michelle Oaks both of Portage, Mich., heading for the finish-line. Victoria the youngest runner in the race never missed a step as she ran through the course much to the delight of cheering onlookers.

Thanks to countless volunteers and one great weekend the 2015 Harrison Street Fair was another huge success.

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