On Saturday, June 2nd ELGA Credit Union participated in the Annual Swartz Creek Home Town Days Parade! Swartz Creek Hometown Days is a four day festival where the city of Swartz Creek pulls out all the stops to provide fun, food, dancing, face painting, laughs, and did I mention fun? This event features a car show, animal exhibits, a beautiful baby contest, and a carnival! One of the most interesting tents present is an agricultural fair, where one can learn about how food is grown, bred, or produced. This provides education regarding how food gets from the farm to your dinner table. One of the coolest attractions in the agricultural fair is that children can watch a baby chick hatch right in front of their eyes.  As far as food, there is a free pancake breakfast on Friday, there is a barbecue cook-off, and there is a wing eating contest, all in addition to many more options.

This parade took place on day three of this extravaganza, including businesses from all over Swartz Creek and neighboring communities. There was a broad spectrum of businesses represented. We were accompanied by cheerleaders and dance groups, restaurants as well as construction companies, all bringing their own approach to fun in the parade. The starting point for the parade was none other than Swartz Creek High School, where we all gathered, preparing for excitement and community involvement. The streets were lined with people that all gathered to see who would participate in the parade, and children who knew that being in the line of sight for the parade meant one thing…lots and lots of CANDY!

The parade is always a wonderful event to participate in, as we always see an outpouring of support from those that are watching the parade. I had an amazing time driving the ELGA truck as the children were passing out candy. Occasionally, you could hear “ELGA I love you” or “That’s my credit union” coming from the bystanders! As a participant in this event I realize just how much we have a positive impact on our surrounding communities. Nothing is more satisfying than know you represent an organization that touches so many lives in a positive way!

Guest Blogger – Kevin G., Flint Branch Manager

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