Beer tent returns to Labor Day fest decades later

August 27, 2019 GMT

BELDING, Mich. (AP) — A popular Labor Day weekend festival in western Michigan is turning to beer to raise cash.

Organizers of the festival in Belding hope a beer tent will help pay bills and build a financial cushion for 2020. The event hasn’t had a beer tent since the 1970s.

Belding resident Mary Mitchell tells The Daily News in Greenville that she’ll probably attend — especially for the suds. She says it’s something “I wish they’d done a long time ago.”

The beer tent only will be open Saturday night. Amber Rood, co-chair of the Belding Labor Day Committee, believes people might spill into area bars after the 10:30 p.m. last call.


Belding is in Ionia County, 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Grand Rapids.