27th Summerfest kicks off June 27

By Pat Maurer

An annual part of the Fourth of July celebrations is Summerfest in Clare.

The 27th annual Summerfest celebration will be held June 27 through June 29 in Clare this year with the majority of events scheduled for Friday, June 28.

Thursday through Saturday the annual city-wide garage sales will be held with sales listed with the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce where a complete list is available.

The Clare Summer Concert Series is also planned for Thursday evening at the Clare City Park from 6 to 8 p.m. under the water tower.

Friday activities at Shamrock Park include; Witbeck’s free picnic beginning at 6 p.m., the famous annual Teddy Bear Races sponsored by Maury Irwin of State Farm at 6 p.m., the Mayhem Dunk Tank & Bean Bag Toss sponsored by the Mike Davis Agency from 6 to 8 p.m., a Gospel Concert in the park at 8 p.m., and a concert by the Clare Community Band at 8 p.m.

The evening will wind up at 10 p.m. (or dusk) with the annual huge fireworks display over Shamrock Lake.

On Sunday, July 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be a Pancake Fly-In Breakfast at the Clare Municipal Airport.
Spectators are welcome.

Summerfest sponsors this year include gold sponsor Letherer Truss; bronze sponsors Clare Kiwanis Club, Pro-Tech Cabling and Wood’s Household; Platinum sponsors ACCU-Air Heating and Cooling, Central Michigan Community Federal Credit Union, the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3977, Guys and Dolls Photography, Herrick House, Ruby’s Mobile Home Park and Ruckle’s Pier.

For more information about Summerfest, call the Clare Chamber at 989-386-2442 or email chamber@claremichigan.com.

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