Depot Days returns for ninth year

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Jacob Wright of Standish and Nicole Goltz of Sterling take a ride on the Ferris wheel during the 2012 Depot Days. This year’s Depot Days is Oct. 5-6.

STANDISH — Train enthusiasts, history buffs and people just looking to have a good piece of pie can get their fill at the ninth annual Depot Days in Standish Oct. 5-6.

Standish Historical Depot Director Sue Stein said this year’s event will include a pie-baking contest and chili cook-off, live music, vendors and Schmidt Amusements on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Stein said the food competitions are easy to enter — just show up with your entry.

“They can bring a crock pot of chili with their name and address on it to the depot,” she said. “We do have a form at the depot, same as the pies. And after it’s been judged and the winners have been announced, we’ll be selling chili by the cup and pie by the slice.”

She added that the deadline for the pie contest is noon on Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. for the chili cook-off. Local business owners or government officials typically judge the contests, and prizes will be awarded for first through third places, Stein said.

Vendors will be able to sell items on the depot grounds near the bandstand Saturday and Sunday, according to Stein.

“It’s going to be home party consultants, arts and crafts, and we should have a farmers market,” she said.

She added that more vendor spaces are available, and can be booked by calling the depot at 989-718-3021, or by leaving a message on the depot’s Facebook page,

The train cars outside of the depot will also be open for guests to walk through, Stein said.

While there will be plenty to do outside of the depot, Stein said inside people can get a taste of local history.

“The Arenac Historical Society will have all of their scrapbooks inside the depot as well,” she said.

Live entertainment will run 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Stein said. She added that a balloon artist will be at the depot on Sunday.

Depot Days raises some money for the depot by way of chili and pie sales and vendor rental fees, but for the most part, Stein said it is simply an event for families to enjoy.

“It’s a small fundraiser for the depot, but it’s more of an activity for the community,” she said.

Depot Days runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. It is free to attend.


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