Summer Happenings Heating Up in Fenton

Fenton, MI — June 19, 2019

Ready for some summer FUN? There’s a lot happening in our community, get out your calendar and mark down some dates for some cool events coming up in the next few months.

First Try Triathlon

Have you ever wanted to take a shot at a triathlon, but the grueling distances scared you off. The First Try Triathlon is geared for first timers to test their athletic abilities. Swim 300 yards, bike 11.3 miles, and run 2 miles to complete the three-sport event.

This year’s First Try Triathlon is Saturday, June 15, from 8 am to Noon at Byram Lake’s Clover Beach, Linden Country Park, 15349 S. Linden Road in Linden. Early Registration (through 6/8/14) is $50, Late Registration (6/9/14 through 6/18/14) is $60 and Race Weekend Registration (6/20/14 only) is $75. NO race day registration is available!

For additional information contact Paul Zieske at

Register online at the website link, experienced Triathletes that wish to compete can sign up for the Fast Try version of the event. The race is sponsored by the CSC Tri Club. Check out the funny promo.

Rescue 9-1-1

Looking for a fun event for pre-teens? Rescue 9-1-1 is a FREE event and is geared for children 8 – 12 years of age. It is a fun hands-on learning program that gives children the knowledge, skills, and confidence to protect themselves and react safely in emergency situations, also well-being, bullying education, and wellness/nutrition information is shared.

Partners included in this years 2019 Rescue 911 are, but not limited to; STAT EMS, Hurley Medical Center trauma nurses, UM Flint nursing, Fenton City Police, Fenton 911, Fenton City Fire Departments, Office of Genesee County Sheriff K-9, Office of Genesee County Sheriff Paramedics, CN Railroad, and Hurley Health and Wellness Nutrition.

Each child receives a free t-shirt, free lunch and a graduation certificate upon completion of the program. Registration is available online at

Event Details
Location: 600 N. Adelaide St. Fenton, Mi, Bush Park, Fenton City June 18, 2019 (Tuesday). If inclement weather is present the program will be held at St. John’s church which is contiguous to Bush Park. 
  • 8:30 am registration begins. Must be checked in by parent or guardian registered with STAT EMS.
  • 9:00 am program begins promptly
  • 1:30 pm program ends – graduation
Rescue 911 Kids, Hurley Trauma Nurses, STAT EMS, Fenton City Fire/Police/911, Office of Genesee County Sheriff, CN Railroad Police, Hurley Fitness and Wellness and UM-Flint Nursing students at Bush Park, Fenton City. / Photo Courtesy of Rescue 911

Gus Macker Basketball Tournament

Gus Macker returns to Linden High School on June 22, 2019 – June 23, 2019. Organized By the Fenton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Linden Community Schools. Come on out and support a friend or family member, or simply spectate and enjoy the food, fun, and atmosphere! Check out the Fun

Shiawassee River Fest

The Keepers of the Shiawassee are holding their annual River Fest in Fenton this year. The volunteer group has a mission to develop the river as a paddling trail by organizing cleanups, installation of signage, and the creation of kayak/canoe launches. Their goal is to develop a 100-mile paddling trail from Holly to the Shiawassee Flats.

Scheduled for Sunday, June 23, with feature live music throughout the day from groups performing at the gazebo. The Cardboard Canoe race is always a fun event to watch and cheer on the competitors. Vendors from a variety of interests will feature local businesses, non-profit groups, plus arts and crafts set up by the river walk in Rackham Park. Shop, explore, have fun!

Cardboard Canoe Race at River Fest

Fenton Freedom Festival

Join the annual July 4th celebration starting with the parade at 10 am in downtown Fenton. The Parade Route is approximately 1.9 miles in length, starting at the intersection of industrial Way and Owen Road. The procession proceeds East along West Shiawassee to LeRoy Street, North on LeRoy to Caroline, and West on Caroline to West Street.

Photo Courtesy of Fenton Freedom Festival

Other activities will continue throughout the day with a rubber ducky regatta, chicken barbecue, children’s games, arts and crafts, and entertainment on the back lawn of the Fenton Community & Cultural Center. When evening falls on the 4th, the fireworks will light up the sky along with patriotic music at Silver Lake Park at 10:00 pm.

2019 Taste in Fenton

Always one of the most popular events of the summer season, Taste in Fenton takes over downtown August 7, 2019, from 4 to 8 pm in Rackham Park / Back Lawn of Fenton Community & Cultural Center.

The Taste in Fenton brings restaurants from the Fenton regional area together to serve some of the most delectable samplings of their menus to the public. A free shuttle service for parking also allows Taste-goers easier access to the event.

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As well as the food, patrons can enjoy the beer and wine tent, live music, a pie eating contest, and purchase tickets for the annual Chamber Raffle to win a car or cash.

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Children can relish in the sunshine at the Kids Zone and take part in a donut-on-a-string eating contest!

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Ongoing Events All Summer

The Fenton Farmer’s Market opens June 20 and every Thursday (except July 4th) through September 19th. Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation reminds everyone “Market nights are a great way to fill your pantry with healthy, local food – while supporting the farms in our area.  You can also shop the crafts of local artisans – and believe me, we have incredibly talented artisans here locally. The market is located Fenton Community & Cultural Center Front Lawn and is open from 5-8 pm rain or shine.

Photo Courtesy of Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation

Linden’s Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays, July 10 to August 28 from 5-8 pm on the property off of Walmer St. adjacent to Eagle Park

Photo Courtesy of Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation

Summer concerts at the Fenton Millpond Park Gazebo are running now through August 29th. Spending a fun and entertaining evening on the grass by the Millpond is the kind of activity that makes Fenton a family-friendly locale. This year’s lineup includes a variety of music from assorted genres, something for everyone.

Look to The Lasco Press for continuing coverage of Fenton Fun all summer long. Print editions available at newsstands around town and online at