Family Fun Fest returns to Grand Blanc in June

GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce Family Fun Fest is back.

The festivities, which had to be canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, will take place Thursday, June 10, through Sunday, June 13 at Grand Blanc High School.

“Planning began in January but at that time we weren’t sure what would be ahead of us due to COVID,” said chamber President Leigh LaForest.

The chamber worked closely with city officials and the Genesee County Health Department to ensure that they could safely sponsor the annual event.

“The biggest thing for us, if we were going to put on this type of event, was to make sure we did it safely and adhered to what was required by state and local government,” LaForest said.

The centerpiece of the Fun Fest is the Arnold’s Amusements carnival, which will take place all four days. Advance wristbands are available at the chamber office through Friday, June 4. Wristbands cost $20 for one session, or $60 for all weekend. In previous years, the wristbands cost $25 and $150.

Additional attractions include a petting zoo, pony rides, games and “all of the fun, good, yummy carnival foods,” LaForest said. There also will be some assorted vendors throughout the festival grounds.

Another popular attraction, the fireworks display, is set for 10 p.m. Friday, June 11.

“We, at the chamber, are very excited for the opportunity to bring the Fun Fest back to our community this year,” said chamber President Leigh LaForest. “It is our hope that kids of all ages will be able to come out and really have a great time.”

Volunteers are needed to help with set up Thursday and tear down Sunday.

“It’s a nice way to help, to give back to the community,” LaForest said.

To pitch in, call the chamber at 810- 695-4222.

The Fun Fest will be the first major community event since the pandemic started.

The chamber will follow whatever safety guidelines are in place at the time.

“We are following all guidelines established by the Genesee County Health Department in real time,” LaForest said. “As they adjust, we will adjust. If something changes tomorrow, we will make that adjustment. We’re trying to make sure we have a safe event.”

Signage with safety instructions will be posted throughout the festival grounds, and visitors are encouraged to check the health department guidelines before arriving.

“We want people to enjoy themselves,” LaForest said. “We want them to get a little taste of what life used to be like prior to COVID, and it might be a really good sign that we’re headed in the right direction.”