Downtown Big Rapids is the heart of the Big Rapids community. With a past rich with history, downtown BR is a hub of culture, cuisine, and commerce for all of Mecosta County. Downtown BR is walking distance from Ferris State University, which attracts a diverse group of people from all over the world. The downtown is home to a month-long celebration of art known as the Festival of the Arts, a summer concert series, farmer's market, car shows, celebrations, parades and so much more! Probably the biggest asset to the downtown though, is its people. All the small business owners and residents of the downtown area are passionate about the prosperity of the community and the development of the region. This lends itself to creating a true feeling of 'Home'' for the residents of Big Rapids. Winning this award would help strengthen the area and expand its cultural and economic impact on the county.