Trufant set to celebrate its 35th annual Jubilee

Jim and Luanne Feutz, who live on Muskellunge Lake in Trufant, will be honored as grand marshals of this weekend’s Trufant Jubilee. — Courtesy photo

TRUFANT — Longtime residents of Trufant will serve as grand marshals in this weekend’s 35th annual Trufant Jubilee.

Jim and Luanne Feutz have lived in their home on Muskellunge Lake for 50 years, where they raised three children, Joel, Sally and Dan. They also have nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

According to Trufant Area Chamber of Commerce officials, the Feutzs have been supportive of all things Trufant over the years, including fundraisers to benefit local causes. On Jubilee weekend, they help with numerous activities, including setting up and working at the hospitality tent and running the frog jumping contest.

This year, the Jubilee will be an extra special weekend for the Feutzs, as Jim will celebrate his 75th birthday and the couple will also mark their 52nd wedding anniversary.

The Jubilee will get underway with the queen’s pageant at 7 p.m. Thursday in the park pavilion. Anyone looking to participate is asked to call Tonya Kruger at (616) 200-5265.

Friday’s events include the kiddie parade at 6:30 p.m., the firemen’s parade at 9 p.m. with fireworks to follow, and, of course, the ever-popular hospitality tent, which is open from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The grand parade will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, announced by Scott Petersen, followed by numerous other events. The hospitality tent will be open from noon to 1 a.m.

The second annual Stump Chasers 5K run/walk is Sunday morning, with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and the race/walk starting at 9:30 a.m. Call race coordinator Julie Drews at (616) 560-6131 to pre-register.

According to Drews, last year’s inaugural event attracted about 100 participants. This year, 60 people have signed up so far. The course will take place along scenic country roads, with traffic control provided by the Maple Valley Township Fire Department. Water stations and snacks will also be available.

“We have moved the event to Sunday morning, so the temperatures should be better, and we have had a wonderful response from sponsors this year, with gift cards, can coolers, and even a cash prize for the top female and male runner,” Drews said. “We are also adding an award for the best theme costume and a medal for the top male and female walkers.”

The hospitality tent will be open for the last time of the weekend from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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