(Livonia, Mich, October 6, 2016) – Buy Michigan Now is gearing up to host the 2nd Annual Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest presented by American 1 Credit Union, which will be at the Jackson County Fairgrounds October 22-23. The event celebrates and promotes Michigan-based businesses. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are now open.

“We want to encourage people to think about where their dollars are going, especially with the critical holiday shopping season rapidly approaching,” said Lisa Diggs, founder of the Buy Michigan Now campaign. “Before going to a mall or shopping online, come to this event and buy local goods directly from the people who make them. That way you can stimulate Michigan’s economy, while simultaneously discovering unique gift ideas and scrumptious foods.”

Fest Hours

The 2nd annual Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest at the Jackson County Fairgrounds is a weekend filled with family-friendly activities, which reinforces the campaign’s mission to promote a wide variety of Michigan businesses, food, entertainment, and shopping.

The Buy Michigan Now Fall Fest hours are below.

  • 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 22
  • 1o a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 23

In addition to the shopping opportunities, there is  a petting zoo, pony rides, gourd-painting, games, and food trucks. Best of all,  there will even be a special appearance by Roary, the Detroit Lions mascot from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22.

Chance to Win 2017 Ford Mustang

Up to 500 visitors each day will have the chance to win a 2017 Ford Mustang. An “Official Prize Vault” holds the key to a 2017 Ford Mustang convertible, valued at $38,000. Contestants can enter a six-digit code of their choosing. If they guess right, the door to the vault will unlock.  Consequently, the vault will open and they will win the car. Only one prize will be awarded, but eligible contestants must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license, to try. Complete contest rules can be found online. The game is sponsored by Seymour Ford Lincoln.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Art teachers are invited to decorate a pumpkin in order to earn dollars for classroom supplies. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 22, each participating teacher will be given a pumpkin to carve, paint, or otherwise decorate. The public will then use dollars to vote for their favorites. Each school will keep the dollars raised through its votes. Then the top vote-getters will receive an additional $300, $200, or $100 respectively. This contest is courtesy of the event’s presenting sponsor, American 1 Credit Union. Teachers can email fest@buymichigannow.com by October 17 to register.

Canine Costume Contest

Halloween right around the corner, and it’s not just for kids. Thus, the Canine Costume Contest gives doggies a chance to dress up, take a pic, and compete. Owners might win a handcrafted dog bed, bowl set, or leash holder for their furry friends.  To enter, email a hi-resolution photo of the pooch in the costume to fest@buymichigannow.com. Put “costume contest” in the subject line. The email should also list the dog’s name and breed. Then photos of the finalists will be displayed at the Wooferpants booth during the fest. Next, the public will vote on their favorites. Deadline to enter is October 14. This fun contest is provided by Wooferpants.

Vendor and Sponsor Info

Visit http://buymichigannow.com for information about the event or to apply to be a vendor. Email to fest@BuyMichiganNow.com for more information on sponsorship opportunities. Furthermore, a full list of entertainment is coming soon.

About BMN

Buy Michigan Now is a grassroots buy local effort, that began in November of 2007. The goal is to educate people about the benefits of buying locally. Consequently, supporters will make changes and help Michigan’s economy. The website contains a directory of Michigan-based businesses and an online Grocery Guide. Visitors can also find articles on local companies. All of these tools are so that individuals can make better buying choices.

Press Questions

Media should contact Jeanne Micallef with questions or to arrange interviews. She can be reached at 248-547-5576 or Jeanne@imjcommunications.com. Photos are available upon request.

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