MACOMB — Officers of the city's Heritage Days committee will consult with the Robert Anstine family about a possible memorial to the former Macomb mayor as part of the annual festival. Committee members shared ideas during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
Committee co-chair John Armstrong said it would not be appropriate to finalize a memorial without first consulting with the Anstine family. Anstine, who died two weeks ago at age 81,  is credited with being the principal founder of Macomb Heritage Days, which debuted in the summer of 1981.
In other business, Jock Hedblade reported that $8,000 in sponsorships has been pledged over the past two weeks. The convention and visitors bureau director said the money will cover the cost of the new Chandler Park mainstage.
Hedblade said additional funds raised could be used for band sponsorships. He said all entertainment has been locked in and he will need to book 10 to 15 motel rooms for some of the performers.
"With two stages going, in Chandler Park and around the McDonough County Courthouse, I don't see the need for an uninterrupted flow of performers on both stages," Hedblade told the committee. It was suggested that recorded music could be played as a transition between acts on each stage.
Chris Krohe reported that there are eight food vendors and 22 other vendors registered. He said there may be room for four more food vendors. Hedblade said that Julie Hood has agreed to coordinate the food vendors who will be set up near the courthouse.
Jan Armstrong said that the Macomb Police Auxiliary would handle security for the festival and that six downtown businesses so far have signed up to host window displays. Hedblade added that the Heritage Days Airport Fly-In will be a ticketed event this year and that tickets would cost $7 apiece.

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