By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted May 4, 2022
The Village of Waltz in Huron Township will mark a monumental milestone this summer as it celebrates its 150th birthday.
To honor the village’s founding, the Waltz150 Festival has been planned for June 23-26 throughout the community.
In the tradition of the original Waltz Homecoming that was held annually from the early 1900’s until 2009, the sesquicentennial celebration will feature a carnival midway, festival parade, classic car and vintage tractor show, food, craft and general vendors, beer tent, local bands, entertainment, and more.
Several local businesses, churches and organizations have also committed to participate in the festivities.
The event will be the largest celebration since Waltz marked its 100th birthday in 1972 when it held the Waltz Centennial Celebration.
Originally settled by Joseph Waltz Sr. in 1857, this small community was officially platted with the State of Michigan by his son Joseph Waltz Jr. in 1872.
Located along what was then the Holly, Wayne and Monroe Railway, the village was an important rail stop for coal, water, and other supplies as well as providing an important passenger transportation link between Detroit and Toledo.
Waltz was also one of the first communities in southeast Michigan to have telephone service in the late 1800’s provided by the Peoples Telephone Company founded in Waltz. The phone service later expanded throughout Monroe and Wayne Counties.
The Waltz Improvement Association was
founded in 1920. The non-profit community organization has a long history of hosting events, activities and supporting local causes.
More information on the group, as well as the Waltz150 Celebration, is available at waltzimprovementassoc.com.