Festival deemed a success

By By BEN RAYMOND LODE / Niles Daily Star
NILES -- Festival organizers say there was an overall good turnout for the 31st Apple Festival, despite the somewhat unstable weather.
Typical festival highlights, such as the Apple Festival parade on Saturday and several contests, were well attended, said Chuck Craig, Apple Festival board of directors president.
Craig also said people seemed pleased with the festival's evening music entertainment, which took place in the Main Tent.
Organizers were excited about the festival entertainment, and a packed Main Tent tent on Saturday night is a good sign they brought in the right music.
Although rain hit the Apple Festival for the first time in three years, which invariably did keep some people away, Craig said many people braved the rainy and sometimes gusty conditions.
Craig, in his first ever year as board of directors president, would like to thank the 150 to 200 volunteers who put in a lot of their own time before and during the festival.
Craig would also like to thank all festival sponsors, who help make the Apple Festival into the fun and affordable weekend it is.
He also thanks the community who support the festival each year by taking part in its activities.
Although this year's festival wasn't over until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Craig said next year's festival is already in the planning.
Typically the board of directors gather and brainstorm after the festival is over, but Craig said some suggestions have already come forward as to what may be done differently at next year's festival.

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 161,907 cases, 7,211 deaths

Cass County

Lewis Cass ISD superintendent announces retirement

Edwardsburg

DAR marks grave

Buchanan

Buchanan celebrates ‘Nicest Place in America’ honor Saturday

Dowagiac

Honor Credit Union gives back

News

MDHHS issues Emergency Order updating requirements for residential care facilities to allow for indoor visitation

Breaking News

Saturday morning shooting causes property damage in downtown Niles

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Municipal Airport hangar project progresses

Cass County

Lewis Cass ISD participates in teletherapy case study

Berrien County

Halloween activities coming to southwest Michigan

Buchanan

Districts grapple with school bus driver shortage

Cass County

Dowagiac man headed to prison on three counts of domestic violence

Cass County

Cass County’s 43rd Circuit Court awarded grant

Edwardsburg

Ontwa Township seeks input on parks plan

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Rotary hosts Army National Guard

Berrien County

Brandywine Middle/High School to go remote Oct. 23 to 30

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 152,862 cases, 7,129 deaths

Cass County

Cass District Library to host annual book sale

Cass County

Missing dog found shot, family grieving after five day search

Dowagiac

Honor Credit Union donates to annual Tree of Love campaign

Berrien County

Spectrum Health reinforces commitment to equity

News

Candidates for 78th district seat participate in community forum

Berrien County

Berrien County Trial Court receives continued funding

Business

Niles businesses collaborate to sweeten their offerings