Celebrate fall with horse-drawn carriages and more at City Market

If you see the unusual sight of a horse-drawn carriage in Bay City, or hear hoofbeats bouncing off the buildings downtown, it’s likely heading toward City Market.

That’s because Sat., Sept. 28 marks the third annual Fall Family Harvest Day at City Market. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The first 200 people through the doors will receive free gift bags. The market will also be handing out free apples and pumpkins, while supplies last.

The event is an opportunity for City Market to give back to the community while exposing them to their unique batch of local vendors.

"City Market is a non-profit dedicated to bringing fresh and local food to downtown Bay City," says Becky Hortop, City Market’s executive director and market manager.

"This is a community day to celebrate our local farmers and our vendors at the market. It’s a family-friendly, fun-filled event for the entire day."

The events are many at this year’s Fall Family Harvest Day. They include:

  • Balloon twisting, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Face painting, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunrise pedal trolley rides, sponsored by Independent Bank, noon to 2 p.m.
  • MidMichigan Carriage Company Rides, sponsored by Independent Bank, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Puzzles and games, 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Live music, 3 to 5 p.m.


Each of the vendors will take part in Sample Saturday during the event, handing out free samples of their foods and products from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also planned is Breads, Grains, and the Magic of Sour Dough: A Tasting Experience. The free bread baking demonstration and tasting will be led by Jeremiah Kouhia from Mother Loaf Breads in the Community Teaching Kitchen.

City Market is located at 401 Center Ave. in downtown Bay City.

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