ST. CLAIR SHORES — Want to shop and enjoy all things local? The Made in Michigan Market is for you.
Sparked by the annual apple pie sales by the Senior Activity Center, this is the second year for the Made in Michigan Festival fundraiser for the Senior Activities Center. With so many unique vendors, shoppers are sure to discover a lot of good, local products, said Senior Center Director Sue Fickau.
“This group really has been working since the end of last year’s to brainstorm on how we can make it bigger,” Fickau said.
That’s why they have added a 5k race, barbecue contest, children’s activities, a beer garden and entertainment for two days at the festival, which will be held from 1-8 p.m. Sept. 19 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 20 on the grounds of the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena and Senior Activities Center, 20000 Stephens Road.
Even though the idea of a Made in Michigan Festival was sparked by the Senior Center’s sales of homemade apple pies each fall, this year’s pies will be available for sale starting Sept. 17, and buyers shouldn’t wait.
“We are encouraging people not to wait until that Friday and Saturday to come and get your pies because, chances are, they will be gone,” said Mary Cipriano, of the Senior Center of the Shores (SCOTS) board.
She said the center’s members will have 100 cases of apples ready for slicing and peeling in order to make approximately 1,000 apple pies and a few hundred pie packets — which include everything but the crust for later baking. Double-crust pies sell for $10 per pie, and pie packets are $5.
Cipriano said the center is looking for sponsors for the cases of apples, which each cost $25. Donations of gallon and sandwich ziptop bags, flour, and sugar are also accepted and appreciated. The apples are from Macomb County farms, and the crust is provided by Achatz Pie Company at cost to the center.
The Miles for Meals 5k is sponsored by Roy O’Brien Ford, and the proceeds from the race will go to support the center’s meal program, which provides more than 7,000 meals for senior citizens each year.
The race will start at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 20, with registration from 7-8 a.m. It’s $25 to register in advance at madeinmichiganmarket.com or $30 the day of the race. Along with the 5k run and walk, there will also be a 1 mile fun run and walk, which is $15 now or $20 the day of the event.
New this year is the Hog Wild BBQ contest, which is $50 for teams to enter and cook barbecue pork ribs over wood, gas or charcoal, but free for spectators to enjoy. Teams can check in between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sept. 20 and turn in their ribs at 3:30 p.m. There will be a total of $1,500 in prize money up for grabs, and celebrity judges will pick the winner.
There will also be food vendors, including Treat Dreams and the Detroit BBQ Company, and children’s activities Sept. 20 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Different bands will play each day, and there will also be a Beer Garden run by the St. Clair Shores Hockey Association both days: 6-11 p.m. Sept. 19 and 3-11 p.m. Sept. 20.
“Even though it’s at the Senior Center, there’s things for people of all ages,” Councilwoman Candice Rusie noted.
Fickau said there will be Michigan authors there to meet their fans, and plenty of vendors will also be on hand selling their locally made products, including the knitting group from the Senior Center.
“We’re a very active group,” said member Bev Shanley. “The majority of everything we make goes right back into a charity. This is our opportunity to show the public what we do and how we do it.”
All proceeds from the knitting group’s sales will go back to the Senior Center.
For more information, visit MadeinMichiganMarket.com.