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24th Annual Wearin' of the Green Saint Patrick's Day Parade this Thursday

24th Annual Wearin' of the Green Saint Patrick's Day Parade this Thursday

CONKLIN, Mich. - St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us and with it comes the annual Wearin' of the Green parade in downtown Conklin.

The parade will be led by this years Grand Marshall, Mr. Reg Crowe, and include the Grand Rapids Central HS marching band, Fenian's marching band and many others.

This year marks the 24th year that the parade has marched down the streets of Conklin.

Visit http://www.feniansirishpub.com for additional information.

Truck bursts into flames on I-96

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A truck driver escaped major injuries when his semi-truck burst into flames on I-96 Thursday morning.

The truck was traveling eastbound on I-96 just west of Coopersville at about 5:00am when the fire broke out.  The driver was taken to the hospital with minor burns to his hands.

There were no other injuries.  There is no word on what started the fire.

Next Coopersville Farm Museum "Jam Night" to be held Tuesday, March 15

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, the Coopersville Farm Museum hosts "Jam Night" from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

As the Farm Museum website says, "Music is a big part of rural life."

The event attracts acoustic musicians of all experience levels - beginner to professional.

Admission is $4 for adults while kids 12 and under and museum members get in for free. Visit http://www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org for additional information.

Centerstage Theatre posts trailers to facebook

Centerstage Theatre posts trailers to facebook

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - Coopersville Centerstage Theatre recently posted two trailers to their Facebook page. They include scenes from their production of "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Back to the 80s."

Click here to visit the Centerstage Theatre Facebook page.

Spring Petting Zoo starts Saturday, April 2

Spring Petting Zoo starts Saturday, April 2

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. - The Coopersville Farm Museum's Spring Petting Zoo will begin on Saturday, April 2 and continue every Saturday through the month of April.

Hours are 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and admission is just $3.

If you would like to volunteer or bring your animal in for the petting zoo, contact Kaitlyn at (616)997-8555.

Visit http://www.coopersvillefarmmuseum.org for additional information.

Fire destroys FFA barn in Coopersville

COOPERSVILLE, Michigan (WZZM) - A fire on the campus of Coopersville Public Schools destroyed an important part of the district's education program.  The barn at the school was a big piece of the district's Future Farmers of America program.

Friday morning district employees noticed smoke coming from the large pole barn structure.  When local fire departments arrived the fire was well on its way to destroying the building.  The barn had about 36 pigs inside.  Most of them died in the fire.  Just a few made it out.  They are being cared for at a local farm.

Students involved in FFA spend time in the barn caring for their livestock before, during and after school.  Coopersville Superintendent Kevin O'Neill says the students develop deep bonds with their animals. 

Coopersville Bunny Train coming in April

Coopersville Bunny Train coming in April

April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 & 23

Kids of all ages will enjoy this one hour and twenty minute excursion through the Spring Time country-side. The Easter Bunny and her cast of a wacky, musical characters perform in each of our antique passenger coaches. These shows star local actress Angie Peavy who has many credits; including "Snow White" at Disney World Resorts in 2003. Our Springtime Princess will read children's books and lead the passengers in springtime songs.

Kids will be given a surprise at the end of the ride. When the kids look out the train windows, they may see other bunnies too.

Adults $14.50, Seniors (60+) $13.50, Kids (2-12) $11.50, Under 2 FREE

Advance Tickets go on sale February 1st. There will be over 200 seats available on each run.

There will be many tickets available for walk-up sales on the departure dates.