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Stanton Old Fashioned days
The next meeting of the general committee will be
  May. 21st., 2018 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 year's events. Send your info by clicking on contact page

2018 Grand Marshal

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 When Sharon Ritter moved to Stanton sixty-four years ago to attend County Normal to
become a schoolteacher, the first thing she noticed was how pretty it was with all of its
maple trees, and how safe it was to take walks beneath their branches. She was also
struck by how friendly the residents were, and while the town has grown and changed
since then, its pastoral beauty and neighborly community remain her favorite things about
Stanton.
“It is a great honor to be chosen as Grand Marshals this year,” says Sharon, a
resident of Stanton since 1954. Her husband, Gerald “Dooder” Ritter, a lifelong resident
of Stanton, echoes her sentiment-- “I never thought it would happen to me!”
Though the choice shouldn't come as a surprise—Dooder and Sharon have lived,
worked, volunteered, and raised their family in Stanton for more than six decades,
marrying in 1955.
Dooder has lived his entire 86 years (and counting!) in Stanton. In high school, he
excelled at sports, especially football and basketball, and played on the championship
teams. After graduation, he was drafted into the army and spent much of his two years in
Korea. He has always been proud that he served his country. After returning, he worked
at General Tire in Ionia for nine years, Basom Motor Sales for nine years, and was head
custodian at Stanton Elementary for nine years, where he kept the school nearly spotless.
Following a serious eye injury, he retired, but kept busy by doing cleaning and yard work
for Huntington Bank, as well as doing lawn work for many Stanton residents.
Sharon came to Stanton to attend County Normal, where she met Dooder. She
taught at Settlement School near Gowen until it closed. She spent the next few years
having their three children: Jeralyn (Ritter), Kim (Ritter), and Penny (Barber), who all
make their homes in Stanton as well. During this time, she also took classes to get her
Bachelor's and Master's degrees. She then taught kindergarten at Stanton Elementary for
nearly twenty years, calling it “the best job anyone could have,” and she is often
recognized by former students, who are always happy to see “Mrs. Ritter.” Sharon has
been active volunteering at Sheridan Community Hospital for 24 years and is part of the
Heritage Village committee at Montcalm Community College, where she donned
traditional garb and and taught at the Village's Garfield School during the Festival for
fifteen years. She also gives tours of the school in the spring.
Since retiring, Dooder and Sharon have taken dozens of trips throughout the U.S.
and Canada, but are always happy to return to Stanton, the only place they've ever called
home. “Stanton is home to us,” Sharon says, “because of our family, our church family,
and the many friends we've made over the years.” Stanton's First Congregational Church
is a big part of their lives, as they have been members for many years. Sharon has often
volunteered in the nursery and helps with after church coffee, as well as helping with the
100+ Operation Christmas Child boxes, while Dooder did lawn care for the church for
many years (but now sticks to cleaning the coffee pot every Sunday.)
The Ritters are proud of their family of three children (Jeri Ritter, Kim and Cindy
Ritter, and Chad and Penny Barber), six grandchildren, and soon-to-be nine great
grandchildren, nearly all of whom reside in Montcalm County. Dooder and Sharon have
enjoyed making their home and spending their lives in Stanton, and are proud to have
been a part of the community for many years. They've always enjoyed Old Fashioned
Days and appreciate all of the hard work by the committee. Their favorite things about
the weekend are watching the parade and talent show, seeing all the old cars, and visiting
with people. They look forward to taking part in the festivities as Grand Marshals and
adding the experience to their many wonderful memories of Stanton.

Car Show

2017 Car Show
Stanton Old Fashioned Days Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show from 3:00pm.
More Information Here

Stage Entertainment

Stage Shows
Live stage entertainment starts on Thursday night with the Miss Stanton Pageant.
Entertainment Information Here

Antique Tractor Show


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.

Sporting Events

Sports Events
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