Festival of Families


This fall, Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (Berrien RESA) will be hosting its seventh annual countywide event for families and children wishing to learn more about educational programs offered in their community.  The event, the Berrien RESA Festival of Families, will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs.  The Festival of Families will feature a resource expo where families can learn about a variety of community programs and services designed to help their children thrive. 

"We had such a successful event last year!" said Berrien RESA Superintendent Dr. Kevin Ivers. "The Festival of Families provided a networking and resource opportunity for over 1,00 people throughout Berrien County.  If you are looking for information about early child development, K-12 education, advanced programming, special education opportunities and higher education, this event is for you!”

Through conversations with their constituents, Berrien RESA learned that families are seeking a one-stop source for information and tools to help their children be successful in all areas of their development.  Families said they wanted to learn more about community athletic opportunities, financial literacy, Career & Technical Education, resources about transitional needs, and occupational and volunteer opportunities. Therefore, Berrien RESA established the Festival of Families, providing such a resource for families of children ages 0-26.

The Festival of Families will also feature carnival games and activities that are accessible to children of all ages and abilities.  During the event a variety of local entertainment acts will perform and face painters will be on site.  Children will be able to visit with animals, play games, and enjoy hands-on activities, as well as participate in a community-wide "Arts for All" painting project.  The Berrien Springs Police and Fire Departments will have vehicle tours on-site. Lunch options offered by area food trucks will be available for purchase.

Sunset Coast Striders, together with the Berrien RESA Festival of Families & First Student Inc, are proud to present the Festival of Families 5K chip-timed race. Enjoy a challenging route that begins and ends inside the fairgrounds. Proceeds to benefit the United Way of Southwest Michigan and MyTEAM TRIUMPH.

The event and all activities are free-of-charge. Thank you to our generous 2018 sponsors for making this event possible: First Student Transportation, Berrien County Youth Fair, Sunset Coast Striders, Art & Image, Chemical Bank, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Four Winds Casino Resort, Lakeland Health, United Federal Credit Union, Beaudoin Electrical Construction, Baguette de France, Competitive Edge, Honor Credit Union, Kruggel, Lawton & Co., The Toy Company, Plante Moran, Silver Beach Carousel, Silver Beach Pizza, Affinity Salon & Spa, and St. Joseph Today.

Pre-arranged shuttle service throughout Berrien County will also be available (at no cost to families).  Please contact Karen Heath at (269) 471-7725 ext. 1147 to request transportation.


To request transportation or to participate as a vendor, contact:

Supervisor of Communications
Karen Heath
(269) 471-7725 ext. 1147

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