year, Flora Phelps has been chosen as the 2016 SOFD Grand Marshal. She is 94
years young and still resides on the same property that she was born on. She is
involved in several organizations and loves to volunteer her time. As long as
she is able to help people she will do it. She is a graduate of Stanton High
School and still continues her education by taking classes at Montcalm Community
College & Michigan State University (a requirement of the Master Gardeners).
Flora & her husband Max have been married for 71 years. They have one son, Keith
who lives in Stanton but also helped put a young man through high school so they
have always considered him as their second son. They also have two married
grandchildren along with four great grandchildren. Flora is thankful for the
wonderful group of family and friends that do anything and everything for her.
Flora worked at Federal Mogul for 44 years. After retirement she and Max
traveled all over helping as many people as possible along the way.
Flora belongs to the Trinity Evangelical Free Church and even allows the Youth Group to have their annual party at her house in the fall. She loves the fact that the church makes everyone feel welcome and doesn’t turn anyone away. Flora and Max are on the Missionary Committee doing work locally, in Italy (3 times), Germany and Haiti along with helping Native Americans in New Mexico and Arizona. She still has contact with some of the families. She has been with the church even before it came to be in 1952 after the Congregational and Methodist churches combined with their church services being held at Hotel Montcalm. The Trinity Evangelical Free Church continues to grow proving that the Lord has been very good to them.
Flora is a 20 plus year member of the Greenville Garden Club. She has also been a member of the Master Gardeners since 1996. Every year seeds are taken from her flowerbeds to help out the Plant Sale. She was recognized for having more than 1000 hours at a special banquet in Grand Rapids. She is always getting phone calls from people wanting her help to start their own flower gardens. She is even the special lady that helped Loren and Peggy Krantz get started and we all know how beautiful their gardens are.
Flora has been a member of the Entrican Arbor of Gleaners Life Insurance Society for over 15 years and has received the Community Service Recognition Award. She is always willing to volunteer and help out in any way that she can.
Flora is a lifetime member of Heritage Village which started over 25 years ago. She is among the second group of members to join only after the retired teachers that started it. In 2000, Flora took over as one of the primary docents of the Doctor’s House. She loves to explain how things worked long ago to all visitors from young to old. The visual and hands on experiences really help people to understand things better. She used to bring her seeds into the local schools for each child to be able to have that experience all on their own. She volunteered at the H.O. Steele building until it closed teaching the Junior Master Gardeners Club everything that they needed to know. Flora even supplies all of the flowers for the 20 plus centerpieces from her own garden for the Heritage Village fundraiser dinner at the Sheridan VFW twice a year. She is also involved in the Gideon’s International Club hosting many activities at her house.
Flora was nominated by her longtime friend, Margaret Rush, who submitted a very nice letter to the SOFD which included this, “For all of Flora’s community work locally & beyond. I believe she would make a wonderful Grand Marshal, representing values important to a community where volunteerism helps keep a community strong.” Flora is honored to be the Grand Marshal and never imagined it would ever happen to her. She was very surprised when she was asked. Flora is glad that the SOFD just keeps improving every year and continues to be a great community festival where everyone feels welcome. So if you happen to see Flora make sure that you say hello and thanks for all of her community involvement.
If you would like to nominate someone for the next Grand Marshal send a letter to SOFD P.O. BOX 1 Stanton, Mi. 48888.
The next meeting of the general committee will be
Oct. 24th, 2016 at the
First Congregational Church.
305 Camburn St. at 7pm.
All members of the community are welcome to attend.
We are currently seeking volunteers to help with this years events. Send your info by clicking on contact page.
2017 Stanton Old Fashioned Days Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show from 3:00pm.
More Information Here
Corn hole Tournament on Saturday at the Madie's Park. Mud Volleyball will return on Sunday the held at D. Hale Brake Park on S. Lincoln St.
Sports Information Here
Live stage entertainment starts on Thursday night with the Miss Stanton Pageant.
Entertainment Information Here
Farmers and tractor enthusiasts alike will love Stanton Old Fashioned Days annual tractor show. Held Saturday from 8:00 until Noon. Tractors of all makes and models line Main Street.
Tractors Information Here.
Montcalm 4H on Friday will
have a petting zoo set up at 9am and hoping to be open at 10am. Suggested
donation of $1.00 or a donated school item. We will have a big drop box for
school supplys. So we would like to promote this as much as we can.
Sat we will have kids games set up at 9am we will not run the games until after the parade. We will be walking in the parade with a float. Passing out candy and selling water before the parade starts.
The games that we have listed are
Duck pond, corn box, sucker tree, bean bag toss, play doh, tattoos, hula hoop contest, jump rope contest. We will also have a cookie area where kids can decorate a cookie to take with them. Along with drinks. All at a suggested donation of $1.00 we will also have a sign up sheet for anyone interested in joining 4H.
Dog agility course for 4H members.