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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 8/7/20

SPY’s Newsletter #92


Looking For A Little Help

Now that the SPY’s Dime Pitch Booth is going forward for this year’s Farmers Picnic, We are in need of some volunteers to work at the Dime Pitch.   This is a fun and rewarding task!

Anyone interested can contact our project chairman Wayne Simmons at 616-550-2876 at any time.   So far, we need volunteers for various times on Thursday (set-up help), Friday and for Saturday.

Also, as an incentive to volunteer, Wayne will provide a lunch or dinner from one of the vendors at the park. 

By the way, you do not need to be an adult to volunteer.

2020 Scholarship Awards Announcement

The SPY’s Community Foundation Class of 2020 scholarship awards presentations will take place at the Farmer’s Picnic on Friday, August 15th, a 6:45 PM, under the big tent at Floyd Van Buren Park.

This will be a special time for some of our local recently graduated seniors.  Please come on out and help us celebrate some outstanding youth!

Farmer’s Picnic Parade News

Do you have plans for Saturday, August 15?  The members of the Sunfield Farmers Picnic Board would like to have your organization’s float, your tractor or antique car/truck, decorated bicycle or wagon in the Grand Parade on Saturday, August 15, 2020.  The Board invites anyone who wishes to participate in the parade to please do so.  This year’s theme is #Sunfield Strong.  Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade and all activities at the 2020 Sunfield Farmers Picnic, Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15.   

Due to the current events, the Board is encouraging everyone to practice social distancing along the streets of Sunfield and within the Floyd Van Buren Park. For those that cannot maintain social distancing in the outside areas, please wear a mask. We will have hand sanitation stations throughout the park.  

If you have any suggestions, please contact any of the Board members or send an email to:

Anyone who wishes to be in the parade can let us know by sending an email to the address above or by calling Derrick Knight at 616-558-1795 to reserve your spot.  You may also just show up the day of the parade by 11:30 a.m. and we will fit you in.

Arts & Crafts Activity Is Still Looking For A Couple Of Volunteers

The Open Class Craft Show will take place on Saturday, August 15th.   Farmer’s Picnic Board Member DeAnna Clark sure could use a couple of individuals to volunteer to help with the Open Class Craft Show.  Duties will include helping from 8-10 a.m. with registration / placing entered items onto the display tables by categories; after the items have been judged - assist with recording the judge's awards both on the entry log and on the ribbons.  Also need someone to keep an eye on the entries under the tent, which is closed during the grand parade, while DeAnna goes to take photographs of the parade entries.  Then to share in the remainder of the day until 6 p.m. to keep traffic under the 'craft' tent going in one direction and keeping viewers limited to 3-4 individuals at any one time so that social distancing can be maintained.  During the afternoon, it would be nice to allow each person (DeAnna and each volunteer) to take a couple of short breaks to enjoy the Picnic, get food/drinks and use the restroom.  Please contact DeAnna at or call her at 517-231-2527 if you have any questions or to let her know if you can help.  Thank you!


· Lyle & Karen Van Houten made a donation in memory of David Drury.

· Freshwater Properties & Mark & Shari Woodman

· Mark Woodman Plumbing & Heating made contributions in memory of Clyde Woodman and Elden Jackson.

· Cynthia Selden and Jan Thelen through the Frontstream program.

We sincerely thank you all for your thoughtfulness and consideration.  Thank you for helping us help kids!

Parting Comments

· Something To Ponder: When you’re dead, you don’t know you’re dead.  The pain is only felt by others.  The same thing happens when you’re stupid.

· Chef Robbo’s Quote-Of-The-Week:  “You don’t need a parachute to go skydiving.  You need a parachute to go skydiving twice.”


· If there is any organization or business out there that has something they would like to advertise or promote, please feel free to submit it to this Newsletter and we will help publicize it.  There is no charge.  We are glad to provide this means as a public service to help keep the community informed.

Can we help you---your organization---your business?  Simply email your item to john.sandrafisher@gmail .com.

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