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  • Sunday, September 11, 2016

     Chef Prize 2016 - Go Graze Go Wine

    Chef Prize 2016 is a full day food event complete with great food, great desserts, great beverages and entertainment that includes a full day of food demonstrations, a tour of Hampton Green Farm's facilities that produce Olympic level horses, a collection of vintage cars, ice carving and photo opportunities with Sparty.


    A ticket allows you to:

    • Sample food and desserts from over 30 West Michigan Restaurants and Bakeries.
    • Adults can sample beer, wine, and hard cider from local wineries and breweries.
    • Participate in the voting of the “People’s Choice Award!”
    • View different Food demonstrations.
    • Tour the stables where a current Olympic Horse (Grandiose III) trains and meet other Spanish horses.
    • Meet and take a picture with Sparty!
    • Watch an ice carver transform a block of ice into an MSU  themed sculpture.
    • Admire a large collection of vintage cars.


    Sponsorship opportunities are available, please see the form below if you are interested.





    Saturday, September 17, 2016

     MSU vs. ND Watch Party

    Not able to attend the MSU vs. Notre Dame game?  No need to worry, The West Michigan Spartans will be hosting a record breaking Watch Party on the “Banks of the Grand River” a.k.a. Ah-Nab-Awen Park on September 17th.  Watch MSU and ND battle it out for the 1st time since 2013.  Not only has this matchup been ranked the 2nd most intriguing Big Ten non-conference game of the 2016 season, but it also marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1966 “Game of the Century” between the 2nd ranked Spartans and top ranked Fighting Irish that ended in a 10-10 tie.  Watch this highly anticipated game under the stars with approximately 5,000 other fans on a 32’ X 18’ LED Screen. Food trucks will be available during the event, but we suggest that you bring your own drink of choice.  The event is free but we will be accepting donations.


    If you aren’t excited yet, we plan on breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest outdoor Watch Party.  Other than being at the actual game this will be the best place to view a victory over ND!


    If you want a reserved seat, you may want to consider being a Sponsor (please see the attached flyer below for more information).







    Freshman Picnic was a success!

    The West Michigan Spartans held their annual Freshman Picnic on June 1st at Johnson Park.  All Fall 2016 – MSU Freshman and their families were invited to attend.  Although it rained most of the afternoon, the sun came out just in time for the picnic!  Over 120 new Spartans and their families enjoyed a BBQ, tailgate - style dinner while socializing with other incoming freshman.  After dinner our new Spartans met with current MSU students, and had the opportunity to ask questions about student life while their parents met with Admissions Office Representatives and MSU Alumni to learn more about student life, financial aid, living facilities and student activities.  Overall, it was a wonderful evening and everyone left with a great amount of Spartan Spirit!

    West Michigan Spartans at The Phantom of the Opera

    Nearly 300 Spartans gathered at the DeVos Performance Center to enjoy the Broadway Grand Rapids’ performance of The Phantom of the Opera.  The evening began with photo opportunities with Sparty who was dressed as the Phantom!  Spartans sat together in a reserved block of seats located in the center of the theatre a few rows from the stage with a great view the legendary chandelier.  The choreography, singing, and special effects of the Phantom kept you on the edge of your seats.  The evening ended with an informative, talk back session with four members of the cast including an MSU grad (yay!) and a UM fan (that got boos!).  While we can’t release a date yet be sure to hold a Friday in October 2017 for Wicked’s first trip to Grand Rapids.  With the star of the show being green, it is a no-brainer selection for our next group performance!

    West Michigan Spartans - Day of Service

    On April 16th, the West Michigan Spartans and Michigan State Extension 4-H Program of Kent County hosted a fun and rewarding service project and book drive.  Youth and Adults from the West Michigan area gathered together and created colorful, fleece blankets for children and teens in the hospital or in another situation in which they would benefit from a special hand-made gift.  In less than a few hours they created over 50 blankets and collected over 50 books!  Thank you to all of those who volunteered their time!

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