Plenty of activities for 4th of July weekend

June 26, 2015

Colorful fireworks

By Pat Maurer

Plans are underway for a fun-filled Fourth of July holiday all over Clare County.

In Clare events will begin with the annual Summerfest celebration July 2nd through July 5th.
The festival kicks off Thursday, July 2 with a “Corn Hole Doubles Tournament” at Gateway Lanes in Clare at 7 p.m. A $100 first Place prize is guaranteed.
Thursday is also the first day of the annual City-wide Garage Sales, which will be ongoing June 25, 26 and 27. Even Clare Rotary is getting in on the fun and will have a “donation” sale at the Clare High School Cafeteria. Funds raised by the Rotary will help pay for new security systems at the schools.
On Friday, July 3rd it’s Wild West fun for the youngsters when cowboys and cowgirls will meet at the Clare City Park to “Make and take a horse” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Three age groups; 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9, will construct a horse from a pool noodle and then saddle up and ride to the finish. The race will be held from 1-2 p.m. with a prize for each cowboy and cowgirl in each category presented by “John Wayne,” the “Lone Ranger” and other famous cowboys and cowgirls.
And while that is going on the whole family can see shootouts all over town at Cops and Doughnuts, Brewin’ on McEwan, Revive, Clare hardware and the Evening Post.

And from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, there will be crafts at Clare City Park, followed by a horse Race from 1 to 2 p.m. and a 4H Petting Zoo by Donkey Crossings Rescue.

The Cardboard River Regatta’s registration is at 2:30 at Pettit Park with a team event race starting at 3 p.m. at Pettit Park downstream to the finish line at the VFW Hall.

Evening events begin with the Summerfest Picnic, games, Entertainment and finally fireworks at Shamrock Park. The annual Witbeck’s picnic from 6 to 8 p.m., face painting, Mason Rail Time Adventures from 5 to 9 p.m., Teddy Bear Races by Maury Irwin State Farm at 6 p.m., a Children’s Activity enter from 6 to 9 p.m. by Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, a Members First Credit Union photo booth from 6-9 p.m. and in the Music Pavilion a Gospel Concert at 6 p.m. followed by the Gateway Community Band Concert at 8 p.m.

Beat the Clock will held at Gateway Lanes at 7 p.m. and when the sun goes down, see the fireworks over Lake Shamrock.
On Saturday, July 4th, Gateway Lanes will have Blue Pin Bowling at 7 p.m., Family Glow Bowling at 8 p.m. and Karaoke at 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 5th Summerfest winds up another year with a Fly-in Pancake Breakfast at Clare Municipal Airport from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Sponsors for the Summerfest events include Clare Automotive, Cops and Doughnuts, Jay’s Sporting goods, Chemical Bank, Members First Credit Union, Kyle’s Mfg., Northwood Nursing Home and Weinlander Fitzhugh.

In Harrison, the holiday fun begins on Friday, July 3rd with an Unique Motor Bump N Run Derby at 7 p.m. and Fireworks at Dusk at the Clare County Fairgrounds. Get Derby ticket prices and availability by calling 539-6011.
Saturday, the 4th of July the annual parade line up begins at 9:30 at the Clare County Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is Rock N Roll and the parade will start there at 11 a.m. and travel west on Fairland, south on Bus-127, east on M-61 to Westlawn and back to the Fairgrounds. Entry is free but registration is required. Download a form at the Harrison Chamber website.
Saturday evening at 7:45 p.m. the Budd Lake Pontoon Parade begins. The theme is Railroads and Lumberjacks and entrants should line up at the Budd Lake Power Docks.
Sunday, July 5th is the Swiss Inn Golf Outing with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at Snow Snake Golf Course. The four-person scramble includes dinner and awards after the scramble at the Swiss Inn Bar and Grill in Lake George. To register contact Mark Lightfoot at 989-588-4211 or 989-588-2316.

In Farwell July 4th, there will be a Figure 8 Derby at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks following at Dusk.

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