Festival Schedule 2019

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Festival Day, Saturday, July 13, Parchment Community Library, 401 S. Riverview Dr. 

Early Bird Sale begins at 9AM with $1 admission, regular sale 10AM-3PM. Gently used books of all genres, CDs, DVDs, audio tapes, magazines, etc. for reasonable prices!  Proceeds used to support the many Parchment library programs that benefit the community, young and old!

French Toast Breakfast

Festival Day, Saturday, July 13, begins at 7AM in lower Kindleberger Park. They will serve until 10:30AM.

Parchment Boy Scout Troop 218 will serve ALL YOU CAN EAT FRENCH TOAST along with sausage, orange juice, milk or coffee. All you can eat, $5 for adults and $3 for ages  12 and under. It’s one delicious way to start your Kindleberger Summer Festival Day!  

Children's Area

Festival Day, Saturday, July 13, 10am – 2pm, Kindleberger Park.

The Kindleberger Summer Festival provides fun for everyone in the family – even the youngest members!  Offering a wide variety of hands- on activities to entertain children (and grown-ups) of all ages, this free event features:

The activities and fun in the Children's Area begins at 10AM in the lower park and goes until 2PM.

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Festival Parade

Festival Day, Saturday, July 13

Parade line-up begins at 9:00am in the St. Ambrose and Central Elementary parking lots. Parade begins at 10am.

Celebrating many years of tradition, The Kindleberger Summer Festival Parade returns to the streets of downtown Parchment!  “This parade is a lively recognition and appreciation of the local businesses and organizations where Parchment citizens work, eat, play, attend a community of faith, and create community!”

Everyone loves a parade, spectators find their perfect viewing spot early for this hometown favorite event. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit in the shade of the tree-lined streets of Parchment and enjoy the Kindleberger Summer Festival Parade!

CHANGE TO THE PARADE ROUTE FOR 2019! The parade route runs along Riverview Drive coming from Thomas St, around the library on Park Dr. to Maple St, and ends at the United Methodist Church.

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We're happy to announce our 2019 Parade Grand Marshal, KAREN HEASLEY!

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Karen’s family moved to the Parchment area when she was 5, and since then, she’s spent many hours in Kindleberger Park as a child, teen, and parent. She graduated from Parchment High School in 1966 and married her high school sweetheart, Robert Heasley. Her involvement in the Parchment community began as a parent volunteer with the Little League program. Back then, she says, “Parchment was a very family-oriented small town and everyone knew everyone. There was a summer carnival each summer and the park was always full with baseball and softball games at night and a great summer recreation program in the day for Parchment youth to attend.”

Later, the idea of the Kindleberger Summer Festival started on her front porch, as Festival originator Zen Campbell shared her vision for a play in the park. Karen was involved in the festival for several years before taking time away, working for the Parchment School district. There, she worked for thirteen years as an administrative assistant in elementary, middle school, and high school, before leaving to work for Comstock schools.

After her retirement, Karen became involved in the Kindleberger Festival once again, serving as co-chairperson for a few years and chairperson of the Arts and Crafts Show for six years. Most recently, Karen and her daughter-in-law, Julie, have headed up a major fundraiser for the Kindleberger Summer Festival and Summer Concert Series, “Bingo for Designer Bags.”, which raised nearly $7,000 at the 2019 event!

“I have always enjoyed Kindleberger Park, so when the Festival started to blossom, it was such a wonderful experience,” she said. “Now that we have an entire Festival Week and summer concerts, summer in Kindleberger is the best.” As to her favorite play, she says “Barnum” is her pick, due to the fact that they brought in a live elephant! She loves the concerts put on by SHOUT!, and always appreciated when the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra would play in the park. Their regular last song, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” would always bring tears to her eyes.

“I have lived in Parchment for 66 years and love it the same today as I did the day I moved here with my parents. We are so blessed to have this community and Kindleberger Park.”

We are extremely pleased to honor Karen as Grand Marshal for her significant contribution to Festival and our Parchment community life!

Parchment Garden Club Plant Sale

Festival Day, Saturday, July 13, 9am-3pm, Kindleberger Park

“The Parchment Garden Club has been in existence since 1944, and we've had a booth for our Plant Sale at the Kindleberger Festival for the Performing Arts for many years.  If you want perennial plants for your yard and landscaping projects, this is the place to be.  We have lots to choose from, with members available to answer all of your gardening questions. Feel free to stop by and take a look.  You'll find the pricing very reasonable. See you there!”

Judy Resler, President

The Garden Club Plant Sale is a wonderful part of the Festival Day tradition! Many plants dug from local gardens are offered at bargain prices for both the green thumb and novice gardener. Landscape your yard economically with perennials that are suitable for a wide range of growing climates, require low maintenance, and have multiple-season interest!

Kindleberger Summer Festival & concert series

Food & beverage Vendors


Our nonprofit food booths have been essential to the spirit of the Kindleberger Festival and Concert Series. These food booths offer a wide variety of snack, lunch, and dinner menu items, as well as refreshments to quench your thirst on a warm summer day! Proceeds help fund the organizations’ good works being done in our Parchment community!

In addition to the nonprofit food booths at Festival and summer concerts, there will also be an assortment of food trucks!  These food artists highlight specialty menu items that provide you with a mouth-watering selection of delicious meal options for your picnic in the park. Food just tastes better when it’s eaten al fresco!

Reasonable prices allow you to eat to your heart’s content. Seek out a favorite vendor, or be adventurous and try something new. Just follow your nose! 

2019 festival Food Vendors:

Spring Valley Church - Festival Day Lower Park and Plays Popcorn, Ice Cream Floats, popsicles, water

Cub Scouts Pack 218 - Festival Day Lower Park and Plays Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Brats, chips, cotton candy, theatre candy, soda pop, water

Parchment Grad Bash 2020 - Festival Day Lower Park and Plays Philly Cheesesteak, Nachos, walking tacos, candy, chips, soda pop, water

Parchment United Methodist Women - Festival Day Lower Park Pie and Ice Cream

Parchment United Methodist Mission Booth - Festival Day Lower Park Pulled Pork, Beef & Chicken sandwiches, chips, brownies, cotton candy, soda pop

Babatürk Food Truck - Festival Day Lower Park Different versions of döner kebob (like a gyro)

Big Dog’s Food Cart - Festival Day Car Show, Friday Fun Night Hot Dog’s and more!

Motor Mouth Food Truck - Festival Day Lower Park

Blue Plate Food Truck - Festival Day Lower Park


Friday, July 12, 9-11pm



Friday is the theme for the 2019 Festival!

Kick off Festival weekend with the FESTIVAL FRIDAY FUN NIGHT in lower Kindleberger Park following the 7PM performance of the family musical, Disney’s Freaky Friday!

Join us for the 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament, DJ and music, food trucks, and market vendors! We just may have an appearance by the Banana Car, rides given for a donation.

The Friday Fun begins at 9pm and goes until 11pm. You can look forward to music provided by DJ Kim Taylor of Boogie’s Entertainment, and good eats and refreshments available from Big Dog’s Food Cart and Coffee Rescue!

We hope this is the start of something bigger, an evening where residents of all ages can come together and celebrate the true meaning of community as we get ready to welcome FESTIVAL DAY! Come out for this family-friendly evening in the park where dancing may just happen, our very first Cornhole Tournament champions will be crowned, and neighbors and friends can visit, reminisce, and catch up.


Bring your throwing arm to the 1st Annual Kindleberger Summer Festival Cornhole Tournament in lower Kindleberger Park as teams of 2 will compete to be crowned the Cornhole Champions of Parchment!

We’re playing single elimination format, registration is limited to the first 24 teams of 2. Entry fee per person is $10. Don’t delay getting your registration to Parchment City Hall, the roster will fill quickly! Games will be played first to 15 or 15 minutes whichever comes first.  Boards will be placed at regulation distance of 27 feet.  Bags will be provided and outside bags will not be permitted. On the day of the tournament all registered teams will be required to sign in 30 minutes prior to the start of the tournament.  At this time you will be given your assigned time of your first game.  Games will start promptly and if not available at your assigned time your team will forfeit the game.

Check in and warm-ups 8-8:45pm, contest begins at 9pm. See registration form for rules and event information.

We thank DeAnna Phillips and Jennifer Valente of Phillips and Valente, Evenboer Walton Realtors and Todd Phillips, owner of Lock Doc, LLC for sponsoring this inaugural event!