From the Desk of the Main Street Program Director

Harvest Fest and Funky Fish Races are here
by Rae Gosling, Grayling Main Street Program Director
Harvest Fest and the Funky Fish Races are here! We are so excited for these fun community events this weekend! As you may recall, this is a busy weekend for Grayling, with a number of exciting things happening around town.  
Friday night is the GHS Homecoming game. GO VIKINGS! As previously mentioned, on Saturday, in Downtown Grayling, you will find the 10th annual Harvest Fest, followed by the 2nd annual Funky Fish Races. Preceding Grayling Main Street (GMSt) events, is River House’s Zombie 5K. This fun annual race, to support River House, will be debuting a new starting line in Downtown Grayling.  You can also catch a ride on a tractor pulled trailer from downtown to the elementary school where the lovely ladies of Grayling Promotional Association (GPA) are hosting their fall arts and craft show. You can also head out to Hartwick Pines for their Harvest Fest, over to the Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts where they will be hosting a performance on Saturday evening, and of course there is always shopping and dining to be done in Grayling. This is all capped off with the GHS Homecoming Dance on Saturday night.
There is something for everyone near our community this weekend!
One of my favorite things about fall is the refocus on home. School is back in session, sports are underway, and folks start to settle into their routines and comfort zone. This is true for GMSt too.  Fall is when we zero in on what makes a great Main Street, our family.  This means you.  
Throughout the year, GMSt goes a lot of places, participates in trainings, tries new stuff, and experiences how other communities are building sustainable programming and downtowns. Sometimes these are “official” outings, sometimes they are just volunteers, and staff, exploring a new place and bringing more than a magnet or a memory home, something we can use to build ourselves up. We keep good notes, and when fall comes around, we turn to them, as we start to look to the future.
You see, in the fall we start to plan for the next fiscal year, which doesn’t actually start until July. But, if we look at all our great ideas, evaluate our goals, and drill down to what really matters, we can set ourselves up for a successful year. Part of that process is getting a good read on the needs of our downtown merchants and community residents. As you may recall, last fall we hosted a set of community input sessions with Project Rising Tide.  We then built action items, called for volunteers, and set to work.  
Since then, I have explored new ways to harvest information and get to the heart of our community’s needs. I look forward to working with our community stakeholders again this year, and developing actions items to build on our success, and to tackle new or different concerns.
Want to know more about GMSt and what is going on in Downtown Grayling?  Check back in future editions of the Avalanche for more From the Main Street Director’s Desk.  You can also check out our website,, find us on Facebook, or email your questions to
Rae Gosling is the Program Director for Grayling Main Street. She has been with GMSt since April 2016. She is a Grayling resident, wife, mother, local shopper, avid supporter of all things Grayling, and keeps everyone on their toes wondering what color her hair will be next. 

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