River of Time changing location of historic event

A historian cooks on a fire at the annual River of Time event.
A historian cooks on a fire at the annual River of Time event.(WNEM TV5)
Published: Mar. 20, 2023 at 10:32 AM EDT
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SAGINAW, Mich. (WNEM) - Organizers behind the annual River of Time event in Bay City announced the event is moving to a new location.

The annual event, which has been around for more than 30 years, will take place at Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm in Saginaw County this year, organizers said on Facebook.

Organizers said the reason for the move is not because of the bridges in Bay City, or because the event got “kicked out of the city.”

“Please trust that there was great care taken in making this decision,” organizers said. “Those in charge are also living historians and have been a part of this event for many years. We believe this is a fantastic partnership for the event, and it means we will still have the River of Time. It’s a matter of preservation and improvement.”

Organizers added visitors will still see hundreds of living historians, smell campfires, see mock battles, and will be able to enjoy nostalgic root beer.

Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm released a statement saying that they were surprised yet honored when the River of Time organizers asked about moving the event to their farm. They said they would be able to host the event while allowing it to remain free, family-friendly, and educational as it has always been.

“We have heard from the public some concerns about cost and parking. This event will remain free to attend and the parking is free as well; just as Johnson’s has always operated. And with over 20 acres of grass lot parking, we have room for everyone,” Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm said.

The event will take place on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24.

Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm said River of Time will be hosting free educational field trips for kids on Friday, Sept. 22.

More details about the event will be released in the coming months.

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