Celebrate our mint farming heritage August 12-14

The 2022 Mint Festival is coming up August 12, 13 and 14 in St. Johns.

This year’s festival theme is Celebrating Our Roots – an invitation to reflect on our history, connections, and agricultural heritage. You also can snag the commemorative 2022 shirt at the official souvenirbooth.

Get Ready for the Rodeo

Join eveyone at the fairgrounds for the Mint Rodeo on Saturday, August 13 and the High School Rodeo on Sunday August 14, 2022. Tickets are available here. https://www.mintfest.org/rodeo


Convenient festival parking is available at St. Johns High School and St. Johns Middle School for $5. Golf cart shuttles will run from the High School and Middle School parking lots for guests who are elderly or have other mobility needs.

Information Booth

Visit the Mint Office and Information Booth for the festival brochure and additional information. The festival volunteers will be happy to answer questions and direct you to your destination.

City Park now has WIFI.

Stocking up on souvenirs just got a whole lot easier. Organizers are excited to announce that the St. Johns City Park now has public WIFI for easy payment via credit card. Be sure to check with individual vendors for their payment preferences.

A complete schedule of events will be publshed here next week.

More information https://www.mintfest.org/

Gallery offers Figure Drawing Nights

The Art and Soul Gallery is hosting the first monthly Figure Drawing Night with live models. Drawing sessions will be held every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7 – 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday, August 17.

The cost for each session will be $4 per person.

To make it more affordable for participants,they are asking for people to volunteer as a model one session per year. Those who volunteer to model will be able to come to the rest of the drawing sessions free for the rest of the year.

You will need to bring your own sketching supplies because we all have our own preference for drawing materials.

All of the models will be clothed. This will allow for artists of all ages. Great for highschool students.

These will be walk-in sessions/classes with no need to sign-up ahead of time.

Detroit Band brings its dynamic sound to St Johns on August 10

The Detroit Retro Society is Michigan’s greatest music entertainment production team. They will be bringing their high-energy Detroit Music Spectacular to the William E. Tennant Performance Shell on Wednesday evening, August 10 starting at 7:00 in the beautiful St. Johns City Park.

“The Detroit Retro Society is more than just a pop rock band. They are a family whose love for each other and positivity can’t help but be infectious to audiences everywhere,” says Bill Tennant, concert coordinator. “This group will be bringing to St. Johns some of the finest performers in the Detroit area. I would suggest that you bring a hardhat to the concert as they’re going to ‘blow the roof’ off the place with their great sound.”

Musically, the band will be bringing a nice mix of Detroit sounds including some of the most enjoyable classics along with modern pop hits. They have shared the stage with the likes of The Temptations, Aretha Franklin and Kid Rock, to name a few. The performers on the 10th will include Theo ‘Gridiron’ Spight and Gabriel Cannistraci – Vocals, Steve Kendzorski – Guitar/Vocals, Chuck Bartels – Bass, Phil Whitfield – Keyboards, and Jason Gittinger – Drums.

Having recently returned from providing music to the Goldman Sachs Small Business Summit in Washington D.C., the DRS team had the privilege of performing before 2,500 small business owners, celebrities, business and political leadership, including a former President. In speaking about their upcoming performance in St. Johns, the leader of the band said, “we are going to have a blast!”

The concert is sponsored by the Clinton County Arts Council (CCAC) and the City of St. Johns. It is open to the public free of charge but donations are gratefully accepted.

All concerts are presented rain or shine. The Lion’s Club food trailer will be available this year. Social distancing and safety precautions are strongly encouraged. The CCAC receives funding from the Michigan Arts & Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

More outdoor concerts coming up

Friday Brown Bag Concert series continues August 12

This week’s Brown Bag concert features Kate Hinote Trio, an Alternative Folk group from Detroit With Guitar and Violin.

This series of 8 concerts is being presented by the St. Johns Area Community Fund with support from the Forrest and Doris Swatman Downtown Celebration Fund. The concerts are held in the Rotary Park Pavilion by the CIS Trail and Depot rain or shine. There are some picnic tables available, but it is advisable to bring your favorite lawn chair.


It’s a Thursday thing in Downtown St. Johns

On August 18 Louis Longoria will be on hand to entertain you on Clinton Avenue from 5-7 p.m.

AgroExpo Readies for Summer Agricultural Trade Show

This August 16th and 17th, the AgroExpo will return to provide agricultural demonstrations, speakers and exhibits at Michigan’s largest agricultural trade show. Held at the North Central Research Station in St. Johns, the show has a history of showcasing agricultural innovation.

In 2021 over 3000 attendees attended the sixth annual AgroExpo. Attendees had the opportunity to connect with a multitude of exhibitors specializing in all areas agriculture.

Each year features a demonstration of equipment. Exhibitors in the past have demoed sprayers, remote soil testing operations, drones, and harvesting equipment. This year’s demonstrations will focus on an assortment of tillage and planting machinery.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing the agricultural community together again,” said Burt Henry, AgroExpo Industry Relations and Promotions Manager. “We have so many exciting presentations and vendors we’re sure people are going to enjoy.”

AgroExpo will also host speakers who are addressing issues related to succession planning, irrigation technology and other focused agronomic solutions. Attendees can also receive CCA and RUP credits by attending these seminars.

Over 130 vendors have also committed to being a part of AgroExpo, and they provide a wide range of services to all types of farmers including equipment retailers, seed companies, insurance agencies, and much more.

“After having such a great AgroExpo last year, we were all pretty excited to get started right away planning for this year’s Expo. It has been so much fun seeing the show grow over the years with so many new faces joining us every year,” said the AgroExpo’s Operations Assistant, Jessie Nash. Nash also explained that her involvement with the AgroExpo began as an FFA volunteer while in High School.

“It’s something that I always looked forward to towards the end of the summer. Being from a smaller farm, I don’t really have the chance to see the technology that makes its way into the AgroExpo, so this show was always important to me.”

In 2021 the AgroExpo hosted FFA student competitions, including the Michigan FFA Crop Management Challenge, which is a competition that is designed to help students develop sound agronomic, marketing, and environmental decisions in a demonstration plot.

This year, the AgroExpo will display over 100 different hybrids and varieties of corn and soybean. Food trucks, vehicle test driving opportunities, and attendee networking also round out the experience.

“I would encourage attendees to continuously check our website to keep up to date on additions to the event, as we are continuing to add exhibitors and events to the show.” said the AgroExpo’s Site Manager, Jay Eccleton.

The 2022 AgroExpo is scheduled for August 16 & 17.

For more information visit theagroexpo.com.

St. Johns Public Schools is now accepting enrollments

Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year for grades K-12 is now open.

Register online: https://www.sjredwings.org/aboutus/studentenrollment/

SJHS Class of 1972 plans 50th

The reunion is Saturday,September 17, 2022 at the Emerald Golf Course. It begins at 5:00 p.m. with dinner from 6:30-7:30 p.m. $30/person or $10/person without meal.

Pay by check or money order to JHS Class of 72. Mail to Paula Pettigrew.