May 3 Victorian Days event preparations are almost complete

By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter
GRAND LEDGE — The preparation for the Victorian Days, a cultural event in Grand Ledge, is underway, and many performers, venues — all around the city’s downtown street — and activities are reserved and set for the festival’s May 3 date. Since the committee who puts on the event uses it to show residents the city’s historical background, many of the activities are the same as the previous years, but they always find something different that could bring more audience into the all-day event, like the Victorian Ball — a 2013s creation. “It’s a historical festival, so when you come, you learned who lived in the era and their tradition,” said Shatzie Lee, a planning committee member. Committee member Sylvania Dye said that Grand Ledge used to be Michigan’s third most popular city for tourists in the Victorian Days, because its ledges, the water and other historical buildings were unique. Besides being a popular touristic destination back in the 1800s, Kalmin Smith, Grand Ledge mayor, said the event is an opportunity to teach current residents about their city’s past.