A spinach dip contest and spaghetti dinner will be part of the 30th anniversary celebration of this year’s Alma Spinach Festival set for the April 16 weekend.

This is the first year for the spinach dip contest, which will be held April 16 at the Alma Community Center beginning at 5 p.m.

The Alma Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the festival each year, wanted to do something different for the 30th festival anniversary, said Brianna Glass, interim chamber director.

"The Chamber elected to hold the spinach dip contest this year because we felt like it was something new and exciting for the community," Glass said. "We also wanted to get the message out that this year is the 30th Spinach Festival and felt like this was an exciting way to do that."

Contest participants must bring a gallon of their prepared spinach dip to set up at the community center at 4:30 p.m. the day of the contest. Participation sign up deadline is Friday, April 8.

Spinach dip teams are responsible for bringing their own bread or crackers for sampling to judges and the public, and extension cords for hot serving dishes.

Surge protectors, and official tasting cups and spoons will be provided by the Chamber.

Contest voting will end at 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners.

A spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held April 15 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the community center in conjunction with the spinach dip contest. There will be live music 7-9 p.m.

Cost for the dinner, including drinks, is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12 or families can pay $15 for a family plate.

Alma Spinach Festival is set for April 16 at the Alma City Park off Collum Lane from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local residents can celebrate and remember the history of Alma by attending the festival, Glass said.

"Alma was elected Spinach Capitol of the World in 1987. Although we no longer are, we celebrate that part of our history with the annual Spinach Festival," Glass said.

Activities, a variety of vendors and the Popeye Stage will be set up in areas around the city park. The annual spinach eating contest will be at noon followed by the spinach drop.

Local musicians will perform live throughout the day beginning at 9 p.m.

Vendor fees for the festival are one of the main sources of funding for the Chamber, which is a non-profit organization. The Chamber also will be selling T-shirts on festival day.

"Everyone should come out to enjoy a fun-filled family-oriented day," Glass said.

A carnival also will be held April 14-16 in the city park as part of the festival this year.

For more information contact the chamber at almachamber@gmail.com or call (479) 632-4127.