Our All-America City Celebration Recap

October 3, 2019

This past Saturday, community members from Battle Creek gathered to celebrate the fact that our city won the All-America City Award. We gathered together for food, fun, speeches, and more.

Our team put together a recap of some of our favorite moments from the All-America City Celebration.

Honoring Our Community

This event was made to celebrate the All-America City award that Battle Creek won in June. During the competition, community members and leaders gave a presentation about three initiatives that are taking place in our community: Operation Fit, the School Behavioral Health Program, and the Crisis Intervention Team.

Our event opened with a speech from our city manager, Rebecca Fleury, followed by speakers from each initiative. Erica Giron spoke about the School Behavioral Health Program, Mariama Wurie talked about Operation Fit, and Meghan and Josh Chapman told guests about the Crisis Intervention Team.

All of this great content was kicked off by BCVision’s own Emirrora Austin’s opening remarks, which were given from the top of a rock-climbing wall.

Fun for All

All of the over 1,000 guests were welcomed to participate in the many games and activities that were hosted at the event. These included cornhole, face painting, and more.

The Lakeview High School Cheer Team performed for everyone and was followed by a Zumba session led by Michelle from the YMCA. The entertainment didn’t stop there, though. Tony the Tiger made an appearance and DJ Tate 5 played some energizing music.

We’d also like to give a special shout out to Chief Blocker, Sergeant Rabbit and the other officers of the Battle Creek Police Department. Despite the chilly temperature, they were happy to participate in the dunk tank. They were each dunked multiple times.

All in all, a great time was had by everyone.

Amazing Food and Vendors

As if games and entertainment weren’t enough, guests also got to visit booths set up by local vendors. Bronson, Fire Hub, Shwe Mandalay, Torti Taco, and Chef Cherry with All Sports Café and Catering all gave out delicious food free for attendees to enjoy.

Other vendors spoke with guests and handed out swag. Those vendors included the Battle Creek Police Department, Summit Pointe and the CIT Program, the City of Battle Creek, Battle Creek Public Schools, the Calhoun County Visitor’s Bureau, Operation Fit, Downtown Development, BCVision, and the Calhoun County Cancer Control Coalition.

We were so glad to get to celebrate the great things going on in our community. It’s because of these initiatives and those who give back to Battle Creek that our city won the All-America City title.

That’s why we’re extending the celebration through October. Battle Creek is celebrating All-America City Celebration month to bring back more traffic to the downtown area following a long summer of construction. Each of the participating businesses have punch cards that will be used to enter into drawings for some great prizes. Learn all about the event on our Facebook page.

You can read more about the All-America City Awards in our blog. Make sure to also check out what it means for Battle Creek to be an All-America City.