ELGA Credit Union had the honor of participating in our third annual Good Times in Goodrich Festival on Saturday, August 3rd. It was amazing to watch the town of Goodrich really come alive. We had incredible weather and an amazing community spirit that traveled throughout the daily events.

We started our day out bright and early at Goodrich High School for the 14th Annual Kayla O’Mara Memorial Race. This race is held each year in the village of Goodrich. All of the participants travel the same streets that Kayla ran many miles on during her short life as a student and athlete at Goodrich High School. The race raises funds for an annual scholarship in Kayla’s memory. This was a 5k run or walk and was an invigorating course with a variety of terrain from beautiful rolling hills to dirt and paved roads. There were over 400 participants. One of the most unique aspects of the race was the finish line.  As participants entered back through the High School parking lot we ended the race doing a lap around the track at Goodrich High School to honor Kayla.

Once our ELGA racers completed the Kayla O’Mara Race, we headed down to participate in the Good Times in Goodrich kick-off parade. The purple ELGA pace car from Auto City Speedway assisted in kicking off this fun event, where we got the crowd going with our Beach Boys soundtrack! As we headed towards downtown you could see the excitement in all in attendance. As we traveled down Hegel road it was an amazing feeling to be greeted by the Goodrich community.  We ended the parade at the Good Times Festival where there were over 260 classic cars on display for the car show.

In the vendor area there were booths set up by several local businesses, such as Hudson Insurance Agency or The Goodrich Cemetery Society. Of course, ELGA associates were on to greet festival attendees as well!

Something For Everybody

The Good Times event draws in quite a crowd from all across Michigan.  There is a designated vendor area and something for the entire family with activities like the parade, classic car show, pie-eating contest, and live music all day by local artists. The day ended with a fun 80’s Festival. A Kid Zone put on by Valley Tent Rental in Goodrich contained several inflatable jump houses and slides, face painting, and a putt-putt course. The Good Times Beer Garden had local artists playing music and a corn hole tournament this year.

Good Times in Goodrich Festival is a community-based, non-profit organization working to give back to the Goodrich community. They provide funds for local families in need, scholarships for deserving students, support for school booster groups, and help for Goodrich beautification. They raise this money through their fundraisers throughout the year. The main event is the Good Times in Goodrich Festival. It is held annually on the first weekend in August.

Bringing Goodrich Together

The true center of Goodrich is family and community and you could feel it in each event we participated in on Saturday.  The Goodrich community and ELGA are a perfect match with our similar values and love of local communities.  We are excited to be celebrating the two year anniversary of our Goodrich location on August 14th.  We look forward to participating in this festival, and other events, in the future.

Author: Ashley Herriman

Goodrich Branch Manager

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