ROGERS CITY - The Rogers City Nautical City Festival is in full swing, with a full weekend of entertainment ahead.
Today kicks off with the Juried Arts and Crafts Show on Courthouse Square at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The show features over 100 vendors, including juried vendors along with non-profit organizations and a food court along Michigan Ave.
"This is a very competitive craft show that brings a lot of people into town every year," festival president Cassie Bruning said. "There are always a lot of vendors vying for spaces, and it fills up the courthouse lawn with a large variety of arts and crafts."
News Photo by Nicole Grulke
Dennis Downie, left, and Boyd Haut set up the refreshments for the weekend events in the tent at the Rogers City Nautical City Festival Thursday afternoon. The festival runs through Sunday evening, finishing with a fireworks display on the shores of Lake Huron.
Besides the arts and crafts in the show, there also are several raffles along Michigan Ave. next to the courthouse, and some locally famous food vendors that return every year.
"Kiwanis will have their whitefish sandwiches available at the fish shack, and waffle dogs will be there along with several other food vendors," Bruning said.
The show also is open Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Tonight in the big tent, entertainment will be provided by Jedi Mind Trip, a rock group that has a huge following and has played at the festival previous years. The dance begins at 8:30 p.m. and goes until 1:30 a.m., with a $5 admission.
Saturday morning starts off with the Nautical City Run for Health at 7 a.m., followed by the start of the men' s and women's slow pitch softball tournament at 8 a.m. The tournament has 25 men's teams and 15 women's teams competing for the Nautical City Festival first place title. Softball games are played at various fields around town, and will continue throughout Saturday afternoon. Finals start Sunday morning at 8 a.m., with the final games played at "The Hole" field in town.
Saturday morning at 9 a.m. a spitzer tournament will be held at the Service Men's Club, while a four-on-four beach volleyball tournament will take place at the Lakeside Park beach.
From 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. the Antique and Classic Car Show will be held at Westminister Park, with a cruise at 3:30 p.m. around downtown. The show features over 20 classic and antique cars on display by their owners at the park in a open format.
At 1 p.m. the Bradley House will be celebrating its 100th birthday with cake and ice cream for everyone. The house will have free historical exhibits and the museum is open to everyone today and Saturday from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
"We also have a wine tasting by Griffin Distributors in the tent to share a variety of Michigan wines during the afternoon," Bruning said. "The Little Band of Alpena will be playing from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. during the tasting in the tent."
Jedi Mind Trip is back for the Saturday night dance at the tent from 8:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., and admission is $5 for and dance.
Sunday is the Grand Parade at 12:30 p.m., starting at Gilpin Field and running north on Third Street. Grand marshal for the parade is John Vogelheim, and the parade will feature the Sault Ste. Marie Pipe Band and Grand Traverse Pipe and Drum Band, along with the Queen and her court and floats from several area businesses and organizations.
"Immediately after the parade the Sault Ste. Marie Pipe Band and Grand Traverse Pip and Drum Band will be playing at the tent," Bruning said. "They put on a great show and anyone interested in attending can follow the parade straight down to the harbor."
Sunday evening from 4-9 p.m. Judy and her Suchey Brothers will be playing their famous polka music at the tent, and admission is free.
The festival wraps up Sunday night with the fireworks display at 10 p.m., and the display can be seen from the Lakeside Park area and little league fields near Lake Huron.
"We really encourage everyone to get out and enjoy all the different events during the festival," Bruning said. "It's a lot of fun and supports the community and local businesses. People come back to Rogers City just for the festival, and friends and family use it as a time to catch up and enjoy all the festival has to offer."
For a complete list of events, go to www.nauticalfestival.org.
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