Good Times roll big time

2021 festival draws record crowds


Festival-goers lined the village byways Saturday morning for the traditional Good Times in Goodrich parade. The crowd then made it’s way to Goodrich Commons for more family fun. Photo by Lania Rocha

Festival-goers lined the village byways Saturday morning for the traditional Good Times in Goodrich parade. The crowd then made it’s way to Goodrich Commons for more family fun. Photo by Lania Rocha

GOODRICH — The Good Times in Goodrich festival made a remarkable return this year and the Goodrich Festivals and Events committee could not be happier with the results, according to Chairman Jennie McKenzie. “It’s hard coming back after a year off, but it went really well,” McKenzie said. “We were so happy.”

The classic car show drew a record number of 370 antique, classic and special interest vehicles. In addition, the entertainment tent brought a bigger crowd than in any previous year.

“I can’t say enough about the support we received,” McKenzie said. “The park was full all day. Hats off to the people of Goodrich and surrounding environs. The community support was great, and we raised a good chunk of change to start out the donation process, which we haven’t been able to do for several months.”

The festival is the main fundraiser for Goodrich Festivals & Events, a community-based, nonprofit organization that supports local families in need, scholarships, school booster clubs and village beautification.

In addition to the car show and entertainment tent, festivities included a parade, cornhole tournament, food trucks, craft/vendor tent and kid zone activities featuring bouncy castles, putt putt golf, face painting, music and more.

“The vendors were all happy,” McKenzie noted. “We didn’t have as many vendors as in the past, but I think that’s indicative of some of the COVID hesitancy, and some people just stopped doing that kind of thing. Two years is a long time in people’s lives and they move in different directions.”

The festival had plenty of food trucks, though, “and the food was excellent,” she said.

Next year, the committee is hoping to put together an even bigger and better festival, with particular attention given to attracting more vendors and adding attractions to the kid zone.