While not as well known as its neighbors Ludington and Manistee, the villages of Fountain and Free Soil play an all-important role in the community. Located off US-31 between Scottville and Manistee, its wide open space is the heart of Mason County's farmland and a driving force in the local economy. This is where generations of families have lived and worked the land. It's the life they know and a business that gets passed down throughout the years. While tourism brings people to the area, the hard-working people of Fountain and Free Soil are producing the good, fresh food that all can enjoy.
Depending on the season, you have your choice of fresh produce, with much of it making its way to U-Picks and farm markets in Ludington, Manistee, and Pentwater. Fruits include apples, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, and honey rock melons. The various vegetables that are grown range from lettuce and squash to broccoli and cauliflower. Sweet corn, one of the most delicious treats of the summer, is usually ready to buy in late July and August. In the fall, fields turn orange from the numerous pumpkins that are ready to be picked and brought home for Halloween. Let's not forget that most important food staple--milk. Local dairy farms raise hundreds of cows that produce safe and delicious milk.
The Fountain Horse Pull takes place every Memorial Day Weekend. Horse pulls have been around for years, and the Fountain Horse Pull has been in existence for over 50 years. Hundreds flock to Fountain from Michigan's Upper Peninsula and even Indiana and Ohio. This event features one or two horses that pull weighted sleds, sometimes up to 8,000 pounds, with the winner being the one who can pull the most weight over the shortest distance. During this family-friendly event, there will also be a horseshoe tournament, polka music, bake sale, and brat tent. Following the Horse Pull, everyone heads over to the Fountain Area Fire Department's Fireman's Ball at 7pm where residents and guests enjoy music, dancing, food, and beverages.