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Blossomtime celebrates SW Michigan

Published 11:12pm Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Blossomtime Festival and its Grand Floral Parade are the oldest and largest multi-community events in the state, celebrating all southwest Michigan has to offer.
My fellow area legislators and I were proud to recently welcome the 2012 Blossomtime pageant finalists to the state Capitol. It was a special honor to host such an outstanding group of young people, which included Miss Baroda Casey Merrill, Miss Berrien Springs Cassondra Rudlaff, Miss Buchanan Kelsie Patrick, Miss Eau-Claire/Sodus Kate Nimtz, Miss Edwardsburg Meghan Monaghan, Miss Heart of Blossomtime Demi Overley of Marcellus, Miss New Buffalo Lede Stevens, Miss Niles Maureen Craig and Miss Three Oaks Heather Rowlison.
I am looking forward to participating in the Grand Floral Parade on Saturday. The parade will start at 1 p.m. in St. Joseph and continue across the Bicentennial Bridge into Benton Harbor.
Miss Blossomtime Dillan Smith of St. Joseph, Mr. Blossomtime Agape Mpamira of Buchanan and their court will be among 120 entries featured.
The Grand Floral Parade will also include bands, floats, clowns, antique cars and tractors and the famed Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team, celebrating its 49th consecutive appearance leading the parade.
In addition to the parade, the 33rd annual Run for the Buds 5K Run/Walk begins at 10:30 in downtown St. Joseph and follows the parade route through Benton Harbor and ends back in St. Joseph. Winners in 15 different age groups, from 8 and under to 65 and older, ride in the parade.
All proceeds help fund scholarships for outstanding young men and women.

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