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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for September 9

Posted at 11:12 AM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 11:12:12-04

1.  Breton Village is getting a major makeover in the next few months.

The building is being transformed into an "open air mall" concept, rather than an indoor mall.

The final designs of the building show the second floor and roof removed, with more green space and outdoor seating. New restaurants and stores are also expected to come with the renovations.

Work begins next week, but the mall won't see major renovations until early next year.

2. A local realtor is cashing in on the presidential campaign thanks to a phrase he's heard countless times: "If Clinton or Trump becomes president, I'm moving to Canada."

Realtor Ron Oostveen has an advertisement that has cartoons of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on a sign, with a slogan that says, "Moving to Canada? I'll sell your house!"

Ron works with 5 Star Real Estate in Grandville, and said that he just took the saying and ran with it. He's done funny stuff like this before with things like postcards, and he's just trying to use a little humor to get people's attention.

Ron also jokingly said you don't have to move to Canada in order for him to sell your house.

3. The Allegan County Fair kicks off today for its 164th year!

There's a lot happening this year, including tractor pulls, a rodeo, and performances from Rascal Flatts, Chris Stapleton, and more.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $4 for kids. There are also wristbands for the carnival rides starting at $22.

There are also daily specials going on, including free admission until 3 p.m. on Saturday for students up to the 12th grade.

4. The world's largest fireworks trade show is going out with a bang!

The National Fireworks Association Expo has been going on at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids since Tuesday, and it all ends Saturday.

To wrap up the event, there will be a free fireworks show at the Berlin Raceway in Marne. It'll be right after the Monster Truck Throw Down at 7 p.m.

5.  This Sunday marks 15 years since the September 11 attacks, and a traveling exhibit about the event is returning to the Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids.

The exhibit features the World Trade Center, Ground Zero, and special artifacts. It will coincide with other 9-11 memorial events planned during that time.

The exhibit is free and open until Sunday.