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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR BMNFEST

Date: July 19, 2012

(Livonia, July 19, 2012) – Buy Michigan Now has announced the schedule of events for the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival being held in Downtown Northville the weekend of August 3-5. The family-friendly Buy Michigan Now Festival line-up will showcase various Michigan entertainers, businesses, products, and educational opportunities. Main and Center streets in central Northville will be closed to allow for pedestrian traffic.  

The FREE weekend celebration focuses attention on Michigan-based businesses and locally-produced merchandise to help stimulate the economy. More than 100 vendors and merchants are scheduled to participate. The family-friendly Buy Michigan Now Festival is once again made possible through the sponsorship support of Michigan businesses and other organizations. In addition to teaming up again with downtown Northville to host the upbeat celebration of Michigan, other major sponsors of this year’s festival include: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Hiller’s Markets and Tom Holzer Ford, OKE Financial and Internet Automotive.

Exciting new additions to this year’s festival include The Toast to Michigan Tent (on the library lawn on Wing Street, just south of Main Street) where guests can discover Michigan beers and wines. The tent will be open 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4. Also new this year is the Video Gaming Unit (located on West Center Street), presented by Internet Automotive. Fans of Xbox 360 games will have FREE indoor & outdoor access to the unit, to challenge each other to a wide variety of games for all ages. Other highlights of the 4th Annual Buy Michigan Now Festival event schedule include:

The Main stage (located in Town Square/Main Street) filled with music from local artists, throughout the weekend, including Friday Night Concert Series headliners, The Shawn Riley Band and Saturday’s Festival headliners, Mainstreet Soul

  • The Kids Zone (located in Church Square/Center Street) which will showcase art demonstrations from the DIA artist program, along with a variety of entertainment, including magic, music, mascots and more throughout the weekend
  • 3rd Annual “We’re Cookin’ in Michigan” Recipe Contest Finals presented by festival sponsor, Hiller’s Markets and held at Epiphany Kitchens (on Center Street). The contest revolves around cooking with Michigan ingredients – finalists present their recipes and dishes to culinary experts to compete for a $250 Hiller’s Gift card and a chance to have their product sold at Hiller’s locations to benefit charity
  • Northville’s Annual Sidewalk Sales and First Friday Experience
  • The DIA Inside|Out Program featuring six replicas of art masterpieces located throughout the downtown. Guests at the festival can check out the artwork as they stroll throughout town 
“The Buy Michigan Now Festival is unique because it’s a fest on a mission. In addition to providing great food, entertainment, and fun, we are dedicated to helping Michigan businesses grow. It’s going to be companies like these, each adding one or two more jobs that brings our economy back on track, and we want to help them do it,” said Lisa Diggs.

The Buy Michigan Now Festival is scheduled to run August 3-5 during the following hours:

  •  Noon- 9 p.m. on Friday, August 3  
  • 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, August 4  
  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, August 5

For information on exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Buy Michigan Now at 248-390-0974 or Fest@BuyMichiganNow.comFor the most up-to-date information, visit www.BuyMichiganNowFest.com.

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About Buy Michigan Now:

Launched in 2007 by Lisa Diggs, Buy Michigan Now is a statewide initiative to inform, educate and encourage organizations and consumers, to refuel Michigan’s economy by purchasing products and services made in Michigan and from Michigan-based companies.