Sparta, Michigan


Sparta MI  49345

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Sparta is a village in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,140 at the 2010 census. The village resides in Sparta Township.HistoryThe Sparta area was first settled in 1844, with the township formally organized in 1846. The first settler in what is now the village was Jonathan Nash in 1846. Calling the place Nashville, he built a sawmill on Lick Creek. Subsequently, he changed the name of the creek to Nash Creek. Seeing as there was already a Nashville in Michigan, the state legislature suggested Sparta, meaning land of the fair women. The village was platted in 1867 and incorporated in 1883.In recent years due to the growth of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area the town has developed a more suburban flair as subdivisions of tract homes have been built in large numbers over the last decade.Music in SpartaIn the early to late 1960s, Sparta was home to Fenton Records, an independent record company and recording studio. The label recorded many local bands, as well as other Michigan garage bands. Due to the limited runs of the records, Fenton vinyl 45rpms are highly collectable, often selling for hundreds of dollars each. Many of the records were recently compiled on a CD called Scream Loud!!!: The Fenton Records Story (Way Back Records)GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.47sqmi, of which, 2.46sqmi of it is land and 0.01sqmi is water. The village is entirely within Sparta Township.

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The Fantasy Fairy-Tale Festival

The Fantasy Fairy-Tale Festival
12:00 pm - 06/29/2019

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A celebration of fairy tales and fantasy for all ages. Whether you're a witch or a wizard, a prince or a princess, a king or a queen, a rouge or a warrior, this...

Michigan Apple Fest

Michigan Apple Fest
10:00 am - 09/22/2018

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Food Truck Iron Chef

Food Truck Iron Chef
10:00 am - 09/22/2018

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Michigan is host to lots of fresh produce and In celebration of all things APPLE, Sparta's 2018 Applefest is pulling out all the stops this year! michiganapplefest.com/ In...

Tri-Wizard Food Truck Tournament

Tri-Wizard Food Truck Tournament
11:00 am - 06/23/2018

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GR Loves Food Trucks Presents: First EVER Tri-Wizard Food Truck Tournament Hogwarts Edition: We have created a completely unique food truck tournament, in which...

Harry Potter Photography in the Park

Harry Potter Photography in the Park
03:30 pm - 08/26/2017

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Hello friends, I will be at Harry Potter in the Park during the vendor and craft fair on August 26th taking pictures of all of you witches and wizards, in all of...

Kara's LuLaRoe Party!

Kara's LuLaRoe Party!
02:00 pm - 11/13/2016

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