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The St. Johns Independent

Something for everyone

At the 2011 St. Johns Mint Festival

Pageant: The 2011 St. Johns Mint Festival kicked off as usual with the Pageant on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. The Pageant was held in the auditorium of St. Johns High School.

Cooking Contest: If you think you have the best Mint Dessert around, then you should enter the Mint Festival Cooking contest. This year the entries can be for any mint dessert. The contest will be on Saturday, August 13 in Smith Hall on the county fairgrounds.

Sports: Weather you like to play sports or watch them from an easy chair, the Mint Festival has something for you. These sports tournaments will be held throughout the weekend:

Bocce Ball: singles and doubles teams will play on courts set up on the county fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday.

Co-ed Kickball: teams will be playing on the softball field at the north end of the city park Friday through Sunday.

Men’s and Women’s Softball: teams will play at Bee’s Motors Friday through Sunday.

Terry Cornwell Memorial Tennis: teams will play on the High School Tennis Courts.

Shopping: During the St. Johns Mint Festival you will have the opportunity to get some really great gifts, foods, household items, etc. There will be more than 125 arts and craft vendors, 75 flea market vendors, 20 commercial vendors and 18 food vendors at the festival.

In the arts and crafts section there will be everything from homemade quilts, dolls, clothes, wood shelves, jewelry and candles. There will also be specialty dips, sauces, fudge and much, much more. Items popular in the flea market are sheets, sunglasses, toys and various dollar store gadgets.

If you spend money at the festival you also have the chance to win something. Every time you spend $20 or more at an arts and craft or flea market vendor you can enter to win a daily $50 gas card. Each vendor will have entry forms at their booth – don’t forget to ask to enter.

If food is your passion, don’t forget to check out the Elephant Ears, Strudel, Gyros and of course the Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream. There will also be pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers, French fries, hot roasted almonds and much, much more.

And, don’t forget to get a “mint souvenir” while at the festival. Everything from shirts, mugs, candy jars, banks, blankets, coolers and even back scratchers will be available. There will also be many mint items including mint oil, chocolate candy, fudge, ice cream sauce and Leman mints, the best hard mint candy around.

If you have any questions about these or other activities of the Mint Festival, call the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce office at 989-224-7248 or email ccchamber@power-net.net.

Category: Mint