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2017 River of Time Comes To Riverfront This Weekend

Annual Event Brings Re-Enactors To Bay City September 22-24, 2017

September 19, 2017       Leave a Comment
By: Stephen Kent

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This weekend, September 22-24, 2017, will see the annual River of Time Living History Encampment in Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Bay City. The annual event brings history alive as hundreds of history enthusiasts gather to faithfully take on the roles of our forefathers and camp in the park grounds.

The River of Time presents a "timeline" of history ranging from the Native American settlements through each of the major periods of time up to the Vietnam war. All of the favorite attractions will return including the sutler stores, live portrayals of historical figures like President Lincoln, mock battles, root beer,?Kettle Korn? and live music.

Friday is the official set-up and "Education Day". Students from around the state will visit the camp and experience history first hand as they meet the re-enactors and learn about the lives they portray.

As every year, admission is free. The but event is not free. It cost thousands of dollars to put on and those funds are raised by the River of Time committee throughout the year. An important part of that fundraising is voluntary contributions by visitors. Donation boxes and welcoming volunteers will be at each gate. When you visit be sure to drop a few bucks in the bucket to help cover the cost of this popular end-of-summer event in Bay City.

For more information visit the Museum web site at

Color Guard Presents flag before a historic array of older flags at the 2015 River of Time.

Bill Badgley took a vintage photo of musicians at 2015 event.

Venison on the grill in the morning.

Drew and his dad Gale Bereus re-enact French trapers from the 1680 to 1740 period.

Re-enactors represent Vietnam soldiers from the 128th 1st Infantry Division has covered the River of Time since 2003.
Take any of these links for prior year coverage:

2018.a, 2018.b
2017.a, 2017.b, 2017.c,
2015, 2014, 2013,
2012, 2011, 2010, 2009,
2008, 2008, 2008, 2008,
2007, 2007,
2006, 2006,
2005, 2005, 2005,
2004, 2003,

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Stephen Kent

Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 40 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.

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