Detours can be expected in downtown Howell as part of the 57th annual Howell Melon Festival this weekend.

The Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority took over the festival in 2013 and it has grown exponentially since then – becoming a signature event that attracts around 35,000 visitors to the city. To enhance pedestrian safety and create an overall festival atmosphere, Grand River will be closed from Chestnut to Barnard Street. Detours will be in effect, with signs posted to alert motorists. Additional information can be found along with an event schedule online. A link is provided.

Meanwhile as part of the festivities, the Livingston Arts Council will be hosting the 13th annual Fine Arts Show at the historic Howell Opera House this weekend. Artists will be present and a make-and-take art table will be available for kids. Admission is free and the show is open to the public. (JM)