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Planning for success

2018 Folk Fest Committee works to make event even better


The above picture shows the 2018 commemorative Folk Fest button. The buttons will each feature a number. Numbers will be randomly drawn during Folk Fest Saturday for cash prizes. This year, the buttons come in different colors: red, orange, and blue. 
Courtesy photo The above picture shows the 2018 commemorative Folk Fest button. The buttons will each feature a number. Numbers will be randomly drawn during Folk Fest Saturday for cash prizes. This year, the buttons come in different colors: red, orange, and blue. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE – Planning for the 2018 Folk Fest celebration is well underway. This year’s event, hosted once again by the Manistique Recreation Department, is scheduled to take place July 13 and 14.

The Folk Fest Planning Committee met Monday to discuss progress made since the group’s initial meeting in February. According to Mike Powers, MRD Board chairperson and member of the planning committee, the group has been busily completing all the behind-the-scenes work for Folk Fest. This includes vendor applications, event layout, entertainment selection, development of Folk Fest buttons, etc.

Monday’s meeting began with discussion about accommodating vendors who wish to use more than one reserved spot for their operation. The committee decided to allow vendors to rent multiple spaces, but require double the initial entry fee.

Committee members also developed a vendor survey to be distributed in order to garner feedback.

As for the entertainment schedule, the acts for 2018 have been set and include: the Folk Fest Opening Ceremony, Eva Burrell Animal Shelter Pet Parade, Truth Be Told, and Shotgun Kelli on Friday.

On Saturday, entertainment includes: the Folkfest Hero Ceremony, Randy Middledorf/Sticks and Stones, Molly Slavinski, Ritchie Yurkovich and Polkarioty, Jenna Osterhout, Blue Water Ramblers, Dance It Up, Derrell Syria Project, Mattisyn Hunkele, Angels and Outlaws, Under This Cold Sky, and Driver.

“We get a little better every year,” said committee member Paul Walker, adding that the entertainment mix includes area bands, as well as out-of-town entertainment.

The annual Manistique Paper Chase will also take place the Saturday morning.

“The Paper Chase is part of us,” said Powers.

Returning this year will be the Children’s Fun Lane – setting up once again near Triangle Park. The new layout, which places the entertainment stage and Paul Bunyan Beer Garden on the east and west sides of Maple Street, was introduced last year.

The Paul Bunyan Beer Garden will have new hours this year, opening at 6 p.m. Friday and running from 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Saturday. During the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the area of the beer garden will be open to the public to use as an area for eating or resting.

Elaine Cook, who is part of the Folk Fest button subcommittee, explained that this year, the Folk Fest buttons will be associated with cash prizes. In years past, winning number buttons, drawn the Sunday after

Folk Fest, were awarded prizes donated by local businesses. Since this method required winners to pickup their prizes, most were left unclaimed.

Now the Folk Fest committee has decided to offer cash prizes that will be drawn, announced, and awarded during Folk Fest Saturday. Award amounts and drawing times will be determined in the near future. The committee plans to create approximately 1,500 buttons to sell.

Janell Irie, committee member, explained the sponsorship subcommittee has been gathering sponsorships from area businesses. Sponsors may submit donations at different tiers: Platinum, $1,000 or more; Gold, $500; Silver, $300; and Bronze, $100. Donations of all sizes are accepted, however, as well as memorial donations.

“They (donations) are coming in,” said Irie. “We are up to $2,850, so far.”

Walker pointed out that sponsorship businesses or individuals will be highlighted on the Folk Fest Facebook page.

“You guys are doing great on sponsorships,” Powers added.

Folk Fest planning

A Folk Fest Hero Selection Committee will begin welcoming nominations from the public sometime in late May or early June. Last year, the Folk Hero was Stan Zellar.

For more information about Folk Fest or to join the Folk Fest Planning Committee, contact 341- 2290. The next meeting is scheduled for April 2 at 5:30 p.m. inside Manistique City Hall.

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