Kettunen Center’s 50th anniversary celebration takes place Saturday, Aug. 13. Since 1961, Kettunen Center, owned and operated by the Michigan 4-H Foundation, has been the go-to place for 4-H leader training and workshops, adult and youth retreats, conferences and other events. The center is merging its Family Fun Day with the anniversary celebration. And you don’t have to be in 4-H to attend!
A pre-celebration 5K Fun Run/ Walk starts at 8:30. The celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Waterfront activities involve riding in pontoons, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and playing water games. Take part in disc golf, a GPS treasure hunt, a tour of the center and nature hikes. Visit a petting zoo, and view 4-H projects and the original Camp Kett Cornerstone time capsule. Enjoy a fabulous picnic lunch of corn on the cob, salads, burgers, hot dogs and 4‑H Forever ice cream. The program is at 2 p.m. with remarks from Russell Mawby, trustee emeritus of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees; Julie Chapin, MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute director; and local legislators. I’ll have a few words to share as well.
The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for youth aged 5 to 17. Children 4 and under are free. There’s a maximum $25 fee for the immediate family.
Registration ends Aug. 5. Register online, or call 231-829-3421. Lodging is available on a first-come, first-served basis at an additional cost.
Come out to Tustin to celebrate this great resource for youth, volunteer and staff development.