Mason's 31st Annual Spring Fling
The 31st annual “Spring Fling” will take place in Mason on May 1 through May 4 this year, with the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce’s signature Courthouse Show being held on Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special events will be taking place all around the Mason area during the Thursday through Sunday festival. Go to the www.masonchamber.org website and click on “Mason Area Community Events Calendar” to scroll down for the latest information and contact numbers. Some events are weather dependent and a few of the activities have an admission charge.
Mason’s Spring Fling Festival starts off with two National Day of Prayer events on Thursday, May 1. There will be a prayer breakfast on Thursday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. at the Mason First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Ash Street, sponsored by the Mason Kiwanis Club and Mason Kiwanis Golden K Club. Tickets are $6.50 at the door or from Kiwaniians and Bestsellers bookstore in downtown Mason in advance. The other event is an outdoor community-wide prayer at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Mason on the west lawn of the Ingham County Courthouse.
Also on Thursday, Kiwanis Club of Mason will be holding a Red Cross blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Building, 700 E. Ash Street. Mason First Presbyterian Church will be holding a rummage sale 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 131 E. Maple Street. Mason High School will present their “Oklahoma” musical at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium, 1001 S. Barnes Street on Thursday, as well. Admission is $11.00 for adults and $9.00 for students and seniors at showtix4u.com or at the door. The show will repeat on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3.
Mason First Presbyterian Church will continue their rummage sale on Friday, May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The 26th annual Mason State Bank 5K Run/Walk will be on Friday, May 2. The race starts at 7:00 p.m. on Maple Street, just north of the downtown’s Ingham County Courthouse. This is a popular mid-Michigan race that attracts people from many surrounding localities. The net proceeds benefit the Mason Public Schools Foundation.
The signature event of Mason’s festival begins the morning of Saturday, May 3, with the 31st annual Spring Fling Courthouse Show downtown. The show, hosted by the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce and presented this year by LAFCU, is held outdoors -- rain or shine.
Ingrid Nova of the City of Mason, chair of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Fling & Down Home Days committee, says that “our estimates are that between 4,000 and 6,000 people attend this show each year.” She also notes that “the show features a mix of arts and crafts, food vendors, community groups, and other booths.” The Courthouse Show runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday only.
During the show, a “Kid’s Korral” children’s activity area will be located near the west Courthouse steps. It is staffed by volunteers from the Mason Assembly of God and sponsored by Tim Zielinski DDS. The area will feature a bounce house, games, merry-go-round, and kiddie train from Mason RailTime Adventures. Admission is charged for rides and games. On Maple Street, in front of the Hilliard Building on the north side of the Courthouse, the Ruhala Performing Arts Center will have a show at 11:00 a.m. The entertainment is sponsored by Dart Container Corporation.
The Mason Antiques District will be having a free hayride shuttle between the Courthouse Show and the Antiques District loading at the corner of Maple and Jefferson Streets every half hour from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Kean’s Store Company will be having “Art Under the Awning” with select artists at 412 S. Jefferson Street from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Many more things happen on Saturday at other locations in Mason. Prior to the Courthouse Show, the Mason Firefighters Association will host a fundraiser pancake breakfast at the fire station at 221 W. Ash Street, beginning at 7:00 a.m. The Mason Area Historical Society will have their pie sale at the Mason Area Historical Museum, 200 E. Oak Street starting at 10:00 a.m. and continuing until they’re all sold. While you’re there, you can stop by and check out handmade art for your garden from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. St. James Church will be having their rummage sale from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1010 S. Lansing Street. Benedict Auto Body will be having a car show, 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at 200 W. Maple Street with all proceeds going to the Allen Memorial Leukemia Fund. The CBI program at Mason High School, 1001 S. Barnes Street, will host a craft fair at the school from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.
The American Legion Browne/Cavender Post 148 will kick off its Poppy Fundraiser around the Courthouse starting at 9:00 a.m. The Friends of the Mason Library will hold their semi-annual book sale at the Mason Library, 145 W. Ash Street from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Rotary Club of Mason will have their annual duck race on Sycamore Creek near Lee Austin Park on Ash Street, just west of the City Hall, at 12:30 p.m. Select Mason area businesses will also have their sidewalk sales on Saturday. Many homeowners will participate in city-wide garage sales throughout Mason neighborhoods.
The festival concludes on Sunday, May 4. Mason’s Spring Fling organizers extend an invitation to attend Sunday services at any of the many churches in the Mason area. Chamber member churches are Mason First Presbyterian Church, Eden United Brethren Church, St. James Catholic Church, Mason First Church of the Nazarene, Fellowship Bible Church, Mason First United Methodist Church, the Mason Assembly of God, and All Saints Lutheran.
The VFW Post 7309 will have evening bingo on Sunday, May 4 at 1243 Hull Road, south of Mason. Doors open at 2:00 p.m., food, beverages, and sales at 2:15 p.m., regular bingo at 4:30 p.m. Call (517) 676-3181 for more information on bingo.