The Wolverine Lumberjack Festival will showcase old-time traditions and family fun Friday through Sunday, June 26-28.
The Lumberjack Festival has been continuously operating for the past 29 years, next years will make the 30th anniversary ... (It) tries to promote the spirit of the lumberjack and how the lumber and logging industry has played a big part in Northern Michigan, said festival chairman Mike Evans.
The festival takes place in Lumbermans Lumberjack Memorial Park, and begins at noon Friday with arts and crafts booths and 25-cent kids alley games. These events continue throughout the festival.
Admission is a button for $4, which gives access to the grounds for the weekend. Advance buttons for $3 are being sold at Wolverine businesses, including Onaway Community Federal Credit Union, Schultzs Party Store, Mauldoons Saloon and Dairy Barn. All proceeds from the nonprofit event go to the Wolverine area and community.
There will be music 1-4 p.m. Friday, and at 4 p.m. there will be inflatable bouncers. Blu-Hi-Way will perform 5-7 p.m. in the pavilion. The beer tent will be open 7 p.m.-midnight Friday; there is a $5 cover. Twisted Finster performs 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., cover $5, and at 10:30 p.m. there will be fireworks, weather permitting.
Saturday kicks off with the grand parade at 10 a.m. Festival gates open at 11 a.m. Steven D and The Keys perform 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the pavilion.
The annual Lumberjack Festival chicken dinner will be served for $7 noon-3 p.m., and includes a half chicken with two sides, roll and drink. Noon also marks the start of draft horse pulls and childrens fingerpainting.
Magician Gordon Russ will present three shows for the family at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Great Lakes Timber Shows lumberjack demos are a highlight of the festival, with shows at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
The euchre tournament, amateur ax-throwing competition and horseshoe tournament kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Wolverine Volunteer Fire Department waterball tournament at 1:30 p.m. The amateur stock chainsaw competition begins at 1:45 p.m. There will be a canoe race at 4 p.m.
Rounding out Saturday will be Nancys Fury 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. in the pavilion; 5 cover. The beer tent will be open 7 p.m.-12:45 a.m.; $5 cover.
Sunday begins with an all-you-can-eat Firemans Breakfast 8-11 a.m. at the Wolverine Community Center. Judging and public tasting for a chili cook-off begin at noon; setup is at 10 a.m.
Gates open at noon Sunday, and a childrens penny scramble is slated for 12:30 p.m. The beer tent will be open noon-8 p.m.; $5 cover.
An amateur ax-throwing competition and horseshoe tournament kick off at 1 p.m. A festival favorite, the tug-of-war tournament, is at 2 p.m., and is open to six-person teams. A homemade raft race kicks off at 4 p.m. from the wooden bridge one-half mile south of the city limits at Trowbridge Road.
Sneaky Pete performs 4-8 p.m. at the pavilion, and an amateur cross-cut sawing competition begins at 4:45 p.m. Various raffles will be announced at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
For more information or entry forms, visit www.wolverinelumberjackfest.com.
Entertainment at a glance:
The pavilion will be rocking to the following bands:
Friday, June 26
Blu-Hi-Way 5-7 p.m.
Twisted Finster 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; $5 cover
Saturday, June 27
Steven D and The Keys 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Country Travelers 1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Open music 5-7 p.m.
Nancys Fury 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; $5 cover
Sunday, June 28
Open music noon-3 p.m.
Sneaky Pete 4-8 p.m.