By Pat Maurer
Big plans are underway for the arrival of the Michigan Old U.S. 27 Motor Tour next week.
The week-long tour begins in Indiana and will stop in Coldwater, Lansing, Dewitt, St. Johns, Ithaca, Alma, St. Louis, Shepherd, Clare, Harrison, Grayling, Gaylord, Wolverine, Indian River, Cheboygan and ends up in Alpena.
For the seventh year, the cars will arrive in Clare Thursday evening August 22 and spend the night there then will go to Harrison for another stop between noon and 3 p.m.
In Clare both McEwan Street downtown from Third to Fifth Street and Fourth Street between McEwan and Pine will be closed and lined with classic vehicles. The vehicles will begin arriving around 6:30 p.m. said Lori Schuh, Executive Director of the Clare County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “We are expecting about 300 vehicles this year,” she added. The cars will be on display until they leave for Harrison around 11 a.m. Friday.
As part of the event in Clare, Night Shift will be performing under the traffic light at Fourth and McEwan Streets between 7 and 9 p.m.
The tour will leave Clare at 11 a.m. Friday and arrive in Harrison by noon to be on display on M-61 (Main Street) between First (at the stoplight) and Broad Streets (at the Courthouse) until 3 p.m. when they leave for their next stop in Grayling.
Sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and to celebrate the tour, Harrison wall hold their annual two-day celebration, the 2013 Streetfair on August 23rd and 24th with arts and crafts vendors, a beer and wine tent, kids carnival, a 5K Run/Walk, a motorcycle and car Fun Run and local live entertainment.
Along with the classic vehicles on display, Friday events include vendors, a Veteran’s Display and food vendors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; antiques appraisal by the Antique Appraisal Guy from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a DJ Spinoff, bus transportation and Transit Bus Tours from noon to 3 p.m. and a Talent Show from 3 to 6 p.m.
Saturday events include a 5K Run/Walk; a Fun Run for cars and motorcycles; vendors service vehicles and the Veteran’s Display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; antique snowmobiles from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Queen of Spades Drawing beginning at 10 a.m. a petting zoo, pony rides, the Animal Shelter and a Library Display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and from noon to 3 p.m. a signing by Judy Hedlund, author of Unending Devotion, a novel about the Surrey House. The 9&10 Soft Ball Game will begin at City Park at noon and the day winds up with live music by the “Brenda Loomis Band” and “Alfie and the Gang” from 3 to 7 p.m.
The “Fun Run for Funds” on Saturday with registration from 9 to 11 a.m. in front of the Harrison City Hall, is a self-guided motorcycle/automobile tour through 72 miles of hardwood forests and farm country in Clare and Midland counties. The tour ends up at the Harrison Street Fair with a prize award ceremony at 4:30 p.m.
The 5K Run/Walk also begins with registration a 9 a.m. in front of the Surrey House. The race begins at 10 a.m. and awards will go to the first male and female overall.