There is so much history and fun facts about Kalamazoo that residents love to talk about. This community is awesome and it's such a unique place to live, and while fun, it's still good to have a laugh about ourselves from time to time. Kalamazoo Family Living is a page on Facebook that posts about just about anything Kalamazoo, and recently shared some funny stereotypes about Kalamazoo that are pretty spot on:

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Photo by Mrs. Fly /TSM
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1. Oberon Day Is A Bigger Deal Than St. Patrick’s Day In Downtown Chicago -

Seriously - it is. The day Bell’s Brewery releases Oberon is the biggest “party” day in Kalamazoo.

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2. Kalamazooians Like To Get Weird -

The Do-Dah Parade is an annual celebration and decades-old tradition full of wacky satire and spoofs.
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3. There Are A Bunch Of Liberal Hippy Farmers In Kalamazoo

From community gardens (they’ve got about 25) to the large focus on local, Kalamazoo is pretty liberal.
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4. Kalamazooians Only Use Four Roads To Give Directions -

Do you want directions? If you’re in Kalamazoo then you better know where Stadium Drive, Main Street, Westnedge, and Kalamazoo Avenue are.
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5. And They’re Serious About Late Night Donut Runs -

To be a youth in Kalamazoo means you have participated in at least one late-night donut run to Sweetwater’s Donuts on Stadium.
One of the signs on Vine Street for Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. (Google Street View)
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6. Everyone Knows Someone In The Healthcare Industry -

From Bronson to Borgess to Pfizer to contract agencies to Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, it’s harder to not know someone in the healthcare field in Kalamazoo.
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7. Running Is A Profession Here -

From the Kalamazoo Area Runners to the surplus of marathons and running events, it’s safe to say that Kalamazoo is full of dedicated runners.
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8. Artists Are Swarming Around Kalamazoo Like It's A Hive Made Out Of Coffee Houses-

From the much-attended ArtHop on the first Friday of every month to the community theaters to concerts in the parks, Kalamazoo is full of all types of artists.
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9. Beer Is King In Kalamazoo -

From Bell’s Brewery to One Well to the Latitude 42s, Kalamazoo is full of open and soon-to-open microbreweries. If there is one thing almost everyone in Kalamazoo can agree on, it’s having a good time. What helps fuel a good time? Good beer and good food.

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