Each year in July, the city of Fremont, Michigan, plays host to one of the more unusual festivals in the U.S.: The National Baby Food Festival. This year slated this year for Wednesday through Saturday, July 19-22.
This downtown festival draws some 50,000 people — more than 12 times the regular population of Fremont — for its five days of family fun with basically any kind of carnival fair you could imagine.
The featured events include a community picnic, baby crawl, live music and entertainment, an arts and crafts show, farmers market, corporate olympics, bed race, carnival rides, food and drinks, frog jumping and hula hooping contests, petting zoo, turtle races, a baby food eating contest, 5K and 10K runs, car show, children’s parade and, of course, the festival’s centerpiece Grand Parade, held Saturday afternoon.
Why Fremont? The town of 4,000 is home to the Gerber Products Company, leading the town to its title of Baby Food Capital of the World.
Formerly Old Fashioned Days and redubbed in the 1990s, the mission of the Baby Food Festival is, according to the festival website:
“To provide creative and unique entertainment, activities, and community services for the public that directly contributes to and celebrates the aesthetic, cultural, economic and historical elements of the Fremont area.”
So if you’re looking for a family-friendly event this summer for a road trip, not only is Michigan an idyllic vacation state on the Great Lakes, but the National Baby Food Festival has something for everyone.