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Eaton Rapids Air Festival

Eaton Rapids Air 2019

Eaton Rapids Air is a unique urban camping experience, where folks gather to celebrate small town American life by lining our streets with Airstreams. Join us to “Aluminate Downtown” and enjoy Eaton Rapids by getting to know the community, frequenting local businesses, supporting local community centers, and encouraging others to take advantage of everything our town has to offer.

Activities include shopping, dining, kayaking, concerts, campfires, and more! Best of all, it’s all for charity, and everyone is invited!

Charitable Impact

Each year our Airstream guests decorate their coaches in line with the festival theme for that year, then a food collection container is placed outside of their coach. Through out the event, visitors and community members are encouraged to “vote” for the best decorated coach by placing non-parishable food donations in a container outside of their favorite coach. Just before dinner on Saturday evening, event staff and volunteers will collect the “votes” and the winner will be announced during dinner under the big tent. All food donations are given to Heart and Hands and impact the lives of friends right here in our very own community. 

FAQ

Q. When is Eaton Rapids Air 2019?​
A. This year’s Airstream event in Eaton Rapids, MI will be September 12-15, 2019! Let us know you’ll be attending, and get registered.

Q. What is the theme for 2019?
A. The votes have been tallied and the theme is The 50’s Era!

Q. I live in Eaton Rapids. Can I attend Eaton Rapids Air?
A. YES! The mission of Eaton Rapids Air is ultimately to bring the town together and shine a spotlight on the community, so please, come on down and enjoy all the festivities of the weekend and bring the family! It’s lots of fun for all ages and there’s so much to do.

REGISTRATION

Q. When can I register to camp for Eaton Rapids Air?
A. You can register right now! Registration will be open until the day of the event, or until we reach our capacity, at 101 coaches.

Q. How much does it cost to register to camp downtown at the event?
A. The non-refundable registration fee is $75. This includes event parking, official Eaton Rapids Air event decal, lanyard identification badge, water fill-up, 7 amps of power, and sewer dump station. 

​PARKING

Q. Can I dry camp at the staging area (Howe Field) the night before?
A. YES! Howe Field will be available to dry camp the night before and we’d be happy to have you.

Q. What is the exact address of the staging area?
A. The address of the staging area (Howe Field) is 100 Howe Drive, Eaton Rapids, MI.

Q. Are there any handicap accessible spots?
A. Yes. Please just let us know before the event and we will make sure you have a spot that works for you!

Q. Will I need to park myself in the middle of Main Street?
A. No. We have a great system where you will line up at the staging area, and when called, you will drop your Airstream in the middle of main street, place everything you are going to need inside of it, and we will park and block it for you!

Q. Where do I park my tow vehicle after I’ve dropped my Airstream for you to park?
A. PLEASE park your vehicle in the designated parking area which is in Howe Field. We will provide you with a parking pass and a map of designated parking locations at check in.

CHECKING IN

Q. Where do I check in and get my badge?
A. There will be a registration tent located at Howe Memorial Fields that will have everything you need to check in.

EVENTS

Q. What kinds of events will be happening at Eaton Rapids Air 2019?
A. We’re planning all kinds of fun 1950’s themed events for 2019, so shine up your saddle shoes and press your poodle skirt! 

Q. Are Events open to the public?
A. Yes! We invite everyone from the town and beyond to come and eat, shop, see the Airstreams, vote in the Pimp your Blimp contest, and be entertained at all the various events around town, all in the name of having fun, connecting the community, and waking up downtown.

Q. Who are we helping by attending Eaton Rapids Air?
A. Local merchants and the Heart and Hands charity.

Q. Can I bring my dog to camp with me?
A: Yes! We always get lots of canine campers that come to join the fun and Aluminate Downtown!

Q. What do I need for my Airstream?
30 or 50 amp conversion plugs down to 115 volt.
50 feet of 115 volt extension cord.
Note: due to the unique parking situations, any other supportive 115 extension cords could really help.
Stuff to decorate your coach wtih!
Canned goods/hygiene products that you would like to donate to Heart & Hands, Eaton Rapids’ Food Bank. (These are your ballots to vote in the decorate your coach Airstream contest – leave them in a box outside your favorite decorated Airstream!)

POWER/ELECTRIC

Q. Can I use my air conditioner, heat pump, or heat strip during the event?
A. No, due to limited power availability, we are unable to provide 30-50 amp service.

Q. Can I use a 115 heating source, or other 115 appliances with my trailer during the event?
A. No, due to limited power availability, we are unable to provide 30-50 amp service.

Camper Registration

Click here to register for this years event!

Vendor Registration

Seeking vendors specializing in Quality Arts and Crafts to display their art during the 2020 Eaton Rapids Air event! Link for registration will be provided soon, so save the date 9/19/20!

Schedule

2020 Eaton Rapids Air schedule is under construction. We will post updates closer to the event. If you are interested in volunteering for this years event, please contact Lindsey Zeller at lzeller@cityofeatonrapids.com

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City of Eaton Rapids

Hello Eaton Rapids! Dressing properly is extremely important when outside for any length of time during the winter months. When cold environments or temperatures cannot be avoided, the following tips should help you stay warm, dry, and safe!

1. Wear at least three layers of loose fitting clothing. Layering provides better insulation. An inner layer of wool, silk or synthetic (polypropylene) to keep moisture away from the body. Thermal wear, wool, silk or polypropylene, inner layers of clothing that will hold more body heat than cotton. A middle layer of wool or synthetic to provide insulation even when wet. An outer wind and rain protection layer that allows some ventilation to prevent overheating.

2. Tight clothing reduces blood circulation. Warm blood needs to be circulated to the extremities. Insulated coat/jacket (water resistant if necessary)

3. Knit mask to cover face and mouth (if needed)

4. Hat that will cover your ears as well. A hat will help keep your whole body warmer. Hats reduce the amount of body heat that escapes from your head.

5. Insulated gloves (water resistant if necessary), to protect the hands

6. Insulated and waterproof boots to protect the feet
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City of Eaton Rapids

Deck the homes of Eaton Rapids, fa-la-la-la-la la la-la-la! 🎄🎁
The City of Eaton Rapids is decked out in lights, here are a few community members that joined in on the festivities!!
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The house with the most likes on their photo will be named the 2019 Eaton Rapids Light Master!
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The winning family will receive a basket of Holiday Goodies sponsored by Family Fare of Eaton Rapids!
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‼️VOTING CLOSES DECEMBER 27 @ 4:30 PM‼️
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City of Eaton Rapids

'Tis the Season! 🎄🎁
These elves are certainly up to no good! Check out what the local elves in our community have been doing leading up to the Holidays!
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The Elf with the most likes on their photo will be named the 2019 Eaton Rapids Elf of the Year!
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The winning family will receive a basket of Holiday Goodies sponsored by Family Fare of Eaton Rapids!
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‼️VOTING CLOSES DECEMBER 27 @ 4:30 PM‼️
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