Kettering announces music festival, Atwood Races and more to celebrate 100 years in Flint

Kettering announces music festival, Atwood Races and more to celebrate 100 years in Flint

This summer, in addition to the Atwood Races July 20, Kettering University will throw a community celebration to kick off its 100-year anniversary.

Kettering University will host the event, which is free and open to the public, in and around Atwood Stadium, featuring family fun and games, bounce houses, exhibits, vendors, food, and a multi-stage music festival in partnership with Beats X Beers founder Brandon Corder.

“We hope that as many people from the Flint community as possible can come,” says Jack Stock, director of external relations at Kettering. “With Corder of Beats X Beers, we have a lot of confidence to pull this event together and make it a great addition to the Atwood Races, and a great, full day for the community at Atwood Stadium.”

Founded in 1919, Kettering University plans a series of community events and a music festival hosted by Beats X Beers as part of 2019’s centennial celebration.

The music festival is set to feature a nationally known artist that Kettering has yet to announce, along with local bands, artists and talent. The community celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We feel positive about the Flint community and so proud to be a part of it for 100 years,” says Stock. “We are looking forward to the next 100 because of the character of Flint, that grit that Kettering University has as part of our culture, and we are very proud to have that shared character with Flint.”

Kettering will host events and service projects throughout the centennial year. Stock says this Founders Week in October will be a culmination of the activities this year that show the community the university’s appreciation.

“We were founded in 1919 during a time of rapid technological change and innovation around the country, a time when Flint was the epicenter of all of that creative energy,” says Kettering’s President Robert McMahan. “What is today Kettering was founded then upon a unique educational model, one that today stands as a blueprint for how to train the world’s most talented, creative, technical leaders – leaders that are prepared to meet the rapidly changing needs of industry and society. But our centennial marks much more than just a celebration of our past – it offers us the opportunity to look forward at the critical role Kettering can and will play in shaping the future of our community, state, and nation.”

Anyone interested in registering for the Kettering University Atwood Stadium Races can find more information at Registration will be open March 1.

For more information about all of Kettering University’s centennial events, visit





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