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Ben Tackett and John Burtka with Bart
Ben Tackett and John Burtka with Bart

The Grand River Marketplace Oktoberfest highlights a busy weekend of activities in Greater Jackson.  Downtown entertainment entrepreneur John Burtka, owner of Grand River Marketplace, along with Brewer Ben Tackett provided a sneak peek of the beers to be introduced at the festival.  The fun begins at 12 Noon with Randy Wrozek and the Hy-Notes throughout the afternoon, Big Foot Bob and the Toe Tappers in the evening, German foods and treats, face-painting, cotton candy and more.  Other activities include the Jackson Family Fall Festival on the St. Johns/JCMS campus, Family Farmfest throughout Jackson County, Festival of the Forks in Albion and more.  Details on the JTV Community Calendar.  Other guests:  State Senator Mike Nofs;  Sheriff Steve Rand, Jackson Police Chief Matt Heins and Crimestoppers Chairman Lt. Col. Michael Thompson;  Jimena Loveluck, HIV/AIDS Resource Center with AIDSWALK Michigan in Jackson September 28;  Spring Arbor University Athletic Director Ryan Cottingham;  New Products with Ric Walton.

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