Community

City of Niles, Michigan:
www.ci.niles.mi.us

Niles Main St., Downtown in Motion:
www.nilesmainstreet.org

Hunter Ice Festival:

The Hunter Ice Festival is held each year in downtown Niles during the month of January.  The festival pays tribute to the great history of our area’s Hunter Brothers Ice and Ice Cream Company, which not only created the best ice cream at the turn of the century, but also cut ice blocks out of Barron Lake and shipped it throughout the land.

The festival showcases more than 50 ice sculptures situated all over downtown area and created on site by well-known ice carvers from near and far.


Arkos Design sponsored ice sculpture.

www.nilesriverfest.net
Niles Riverfest has been one of Southwestern Michigan’s most popular family festivals for 18 years. It will be held in downtown Niles, Michigan at Riverfront Park along the St. Joseph River.
This fun-filled event is free to all who attend. People of all ages can come to enjoy the variety of recreational activities and events, entertainment, great food, craft booths, kid’s games and more.
Riverfest is one of the only area festivals that celebrate one of our most popular natural resources—the St. Joseph River. Because of this, many of the Riverfest activities and events are held alongside or in the water. Some of the popular activities include the "Anything Floats" raft race, Dragon Boat races, AAA Thirteenth Annual All Car & Truck Show.

Niles Apple Festival:
www.fourflagsapplefestival.org

We are a four day festival based in Niles, Michigan.  The festival is one of the top festivals in the State of Michigan.  The Four Flags Area Apple Festival is on the corner of Lake and 17th Street.  We offer Carnival rides, Food vendors, Arts and Crafts on Saturday and Sunday with over 190 booths, Parades, Contests, FREE Entertainment, and Much, Much MORE for all to enjoy!!!

Niles Haunted House:
www.haunted.org

The Niles Haunted House is a non-profit community project that utilizes approximately 150 volunteers per night to staff its various attractions. These volunteers represent over 80 Michiana area community and school organizations. In 2008 the participating organizations received donations totaling more than $104,000. In addition, the Niles Haunted House funded three college scholarships at the Niles High School and one at Brandywine High School.

Arkos Design staff has participated in the Haunted House for the past 10 years. 

Niles #140 Best Small Places For Business And Careers:
http://www.forbes.com/lists/2007/5/07bestplaces_Niles-MI_MINil.html

In case you missed it, Forbes Magazine list of the Best Small Places for Business and careers ranked the Niles area as 140th in the Nation, up from 159 last year, and ranked #1 among smaller metro markets in Michigan.

The ranking was based on several factors including proximity to Colleges (80th in the Nation), cost of doing Business (133), Crime Rate (73), Income Growth (112), Educational Attainment (82), and availability of Culture and other Leisure Activities (50).  Niles beat out all other small markets in Michigan last year.