Small town festivals and 5k road races just go together. The Swartz Creek Hometown Days Festival begins Thursday, May 31st and the Swartz Creek Challenge 5k is one of the opening events. The race will start and finish at Swartz Creek Middle School, 8230 E. Crapo St, Swartz Creek.

The races (both run and walk) begin at 6:30 pm, race day registration begins at 5 pm at the Middle School. You can also register at Bauman's Running & Walking Shop on Hill Road tomorrow from noon to 8 pm and race day from 10-2.

More info is available at www.riverbendstriders.com

After the race, head over to the Swartz Creek Hometown Days Festival for entertainment, food and rides. Details on the festival are available at www.hometowndays.org

If you love local festivals and burning off a few calories before eating some "fair food", head over to Swartz Creek this Thursday for the 5k run and walk.