Greatest 4th in the North 2013
|July 2 - July 7th, 2013|
The 2013 Celebration begins Tuesday, July 2 and ends on Sunday, July 7th. The theme this year is "Racing to the Greatest 4th in the North." The most commonly asked questions concerning the festival are: "When are the fireworks and when is the Grand Parade?" To answer these questions, the fireworks are ALWAYS on July 4 and the Grand Parade is also always on July 4, EXCEPT…when the 4th falls on a Sunday, which it does not this year, so the Grand Parade will be Wednesday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m. The 2013 programs are now available here at the Chamber office, area businesses & Michigan Welcome Centers.
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We hope that the Grand Parade and Fireworks aren't the only reasons you want to come to the Greatest 4th in the North, because we have lots of great events that take place, including lots of FREE entertainment. Every evening, beginning on Tuesday evening, July 2, you will find everything from the Battle of the Bands, $1000 Karaoke Contest and professional entertainment shows on the City Park Free Stage. The reason it is free for you and your family to attend is because of our wonderful sponsors. So if you catch a main stage act, or maybe a clown, or a magician, be sure to thank our sponsors if you see them. Better yet, we encourage you to go visit their business and thank them, because if it wasn't for their support you would not see any of these great entertainers! You will find the entertainers names along with a direct web link below so you can preview them on the web.
We hope you pick up a program with a complete schedule of events so you don't miss a thing! They are also free, because of our advertisers and sponsors. You will find them in the Michigan Welcome Centers, other Chamber's, area businesses, in the City Park Information booth during the festival and of course at the Chamber office. You can also view the program right here on our web site. We hope to see you here in 2013! Below were some highlights.
The Food Vendors will be opening up at 11 a.m. and the rest of the vendors will open at 3 p.m. Business After 5 will be at the Town Pump Saloon from 5-7 p.m. The public is welcome to this kick off! The Battle of the Bands stage will get warmed up with Larry Bouza & Terry Dunn from 5-6 p.m. and then the competition begins at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Karaoke Contests - Jr. Contest (ages 5-18) begins at 11 a.m. and three winners are awarded cash prizes and trophies, then on to the the last opportunity to get into the Sr. finals at 2 p.m., at our last preliminary. That evening at 7 p.m. we have the final competition with $700 as grand prize, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. the winner of the Jr. contest will also perform for you at the Senior Competition. The two day craft show begins at 10 a.m. at it's new location in the United Methodist Church parking lot, walking distance from down town. Also new this year, Schmidt Amusements carnival will open up at noon with special arm band prices of only $12!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The Grand Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the Athletic Boosters host the 2K, 5K, and 10K beginning with 6:30 a.m. registration. Following the parade will be the traditional Ox Roast and Strawberry Festival. Sound Productions will take the stage right after the parade and keep entertainment on the stage all day and evening. On Stage from 1-2:30 P.M. you can catch the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, followed by Rosco the Clown, a Pizza Eating Contest, Hulla-Hoop Competitions, the amazing Alan Kazam and more! The evening brings Brian Nolf to the stage from 7-8 p.m. and finally the amazing talent of The Monkey Grinders from 8-10 p.m. It will be the second and last day of the Arts & Crafts show at it's new location in the parking lot of the United Methodist Church. At 10:30 p.m. the fireworks will light up the sky just off of Miltner Beach(M-66) on beautiful Lake Missaukee.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
You will find the free stage full of entertainment throughout the day and the evening brings back some familiar faces in THUMMp (formally elmoTHUMM) the amazing a capella group, followed by Detour who you will find on top of the charts on bluegrass radio stations! The Venetian Parade should be floating by about 9 p.m. If you want to join in on the fun with your boat call Bob or Lori Larsen at 839-7779, lots of fun especially for the participants!
Friday, July 5, 2013
Saturday Beach Volleyball starts out the day at the Missaukee County Park at 9 a.m. New this year is Race Cars on Display from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Check out the local race cars and meet the drivers on Prospect & Main St. Marimbamania will be in concert from 1-2 p.m. A xylophone wizard of many hats! Also many contests at the free stage, then Rion Taiko in Concert with their amazing Japanese drums, followed by one of our favorites Brian Lorente & the Usual Suspects in concert from 8-10 p.m.! At 10:15 we will be drawing the winners of the car raffle and giving away a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro! At the same time we invite everyone to light a sky lantern anywhere around Lake Missaukee!
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Sunday, July 7
Don't think the celebration is over yet, because we have one more day 2013
of great fun. Schmidt Amusements will be open from noon - 5 p.m. and the Children's Day Parade will start at 1 p.m. The parade ends at the free stage where they will be entertained by magician Alan Kazam. "Celebrate Freedom" begins at 3 p.m. featuring the beautiful country Christian triplets "Red Roots" and followed by "Rock the Flock" and more!
ENTERTAINERS: (click on websites for more info)
Sound Productions www.soundproductions.com
Schmidt Amusements www.schmidtamusements.com
Rosco the Clown www.roscotheclown.com
Alan Kazam www.kalamazoomagician.com
Petoskey Steel Drum Band www.petoskeyschools.org/steeldrumband
Brian Nolf www.youtube.com
The Monkey Grinders www.monkeygrinderband.com
Rion Taiko www.michigantaiko.net
Brian Lorente & The Usual Suspects www.brianlorente.com
2013 GREATEST FOURTH IN THE NORTH SPONSORS:
Classic Ford & Chevrolet
Lanaville Foundations, Inc. www.lanavillefoundations.com
Susan Vignola, D.D.S. www.lcdentist.com
Chemical Bank www.chemicalbankmi.com
Foster's Super Market
Heritage Sustainable Energy www.heritagewindenergy.com
Johnson Oil www.johnsonspropane.com
Lake City Family Diner
Merritt Speedway www.merrittspeedway.com
Wexford Community Credit Union www.wexccu.com
Food Factory & Pub
Lake City Manufacturing, LLC www.lcmanufacturingllc.com
Mercy Hospital mercycadillac.munsonhealthcare.org
RE/MAX Professionals www.alderdenteam.com
Sons of the American Legion, Post #300 www.legion.org
Town Pump Saloon
Venetian Blind Co. of Mid Michigan
Voelker Implement Sales www.voelkerimplement.com
A-One Insurance Agency
Cadillac Insurance www.cadillacinsurancecenter.com
Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors www.cbgreatlakes.com
Gary Geiger Construction, Inc.
Missaukee Sentinel www.missaukeesentinel.com
Missaukee Title Co.
Northern Auto Lake City www.autorepairlakecity.com
Northern Michigan Servicestore, Inc.
Northwestern Bank www.nwbank.com
Terry Coaster's State Farm Insurance www.terrycoaster.com
VanDrie Home Furnishings www.vandrie.com
Whitetail Realty www.lakecitymirealestate.com
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