Harry Potter in the Park Festival & Grindymelee Quidditch Tournament
- Dates: October 15, 2016
- Times: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Location: Balyeat Field
190 Olmstead Street, Sparta, MI 49345
- Category: Children's Activities
- Price Per Person: See website for details.
On October 15th we will be celebrating the fall school season at Hogwarts. Wizards, witches, and of course muggles are all welcome to come join the festivities. Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University will be teaming together to bring an official day long Quidditch tournament with 6 college teams (to be announced in early September) participating. We will once again be collecting socks for our "Free Dobby to Help the Homeless" sock drive. In addition to the games we will be throwing a wizard's style tailgate festival around the quidditch pitch. The day will include the Bangarang Circus with their "Flight and Fire" performance, GR Exotic pets with snakes and other fantastic beasts, owls from the Leslie Science and Nature Center, games, activities, potions and divinations, lectures, crafts, costume competitions, Lego competitions (entry forms available) and displays, house sorting, house point competitions, food, and more. The general event entry ticket includes entry into all activites and events with the exception of the make and take craft area which will be an additional $5.00 per person in advance and $7.50 the day of (this area has limited tickets available) and the "Swish and Flick" Owl Art Class. The Quidditch matches begin at 9 AM with festivities beginning at 10 AM. The Quidditch games are expected to last until approximately 7PM. There will be limited bleacher seating available, lawn chairs for game viewing advised. These games are sanctioned and will play unless there is inclement weather and the referees make a decision to call off the games.
*The teams have confirmed. They are GVSU, CMU, MSU, EMU, Lake Erie Elite, and Chicago Phoenix. A total of 15 games will be played.