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Predator Quest’s Les Johnson Returns to Trappers Convention

World Champion predator caller Les Johnson will be on hand at the 54th Annual Trappers Convention/Outdoor Expo.  Les hails from Nebraska where he grew up spending every minute he could trapping, hunting and fishing. His love of the outdoor sports led him to become probably the best predator caller in the world. His accomplishments in the predator calling arena are many. He won the Calling Triple Crown in 1999, and in one 15 year stretch, he placed in at least 26 calling competitions (many of them 1st place). He has been named Sportsman of the Year several times as well. “Les has been here before and is always a big hit,” said Convention Coordinator Roy Dahlgren.

Les JohnsonLes has produced action packed videos of his hunts and his TV show Predator Quest, on the Sportsman’s Channel, and has won numerous awards including “Viewer Favorite Hunting Show.” Les will be doing a predator calling demo each day of the convention.

Along with Johnson, many other famous experts will be doing demos throughout the two days.  Steve Gappa, Lesel Reuwsaat, Harry Nestell, Greg Schroeder, John Chagnon and Richard Clark are all in the demo lineup.

In February, we had nearly 150 youngsters attend our annual Trappers Workshop, showing that many youngsters have a strong interest in trapping. “Having all the experts here sharing their knowledge and methods is one super opportunity for the kids and even us “old-timers” to gain valuable insight into the outdoor sports,” stated Jim Fornetti longtime member of U.P. Trappers.

Event Details

The Expo will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba Michigan on July 15 & 16, 2016. Hours will be: Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6: 00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST).

There will be many activities for the kids along with many items of interest to the ladies. Hundreds of vendors and tailgaters (trap dealers, hunting, fishing, guns, knives, quilters, crafters etc.) will be there offering convention special prices on their wares.  Food and refreshments will be available on the grounds throughout the event. Attendees also wont want to miss the dance on Friday Evening.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Roy Dahlgren (906) 399-1960;, or by visiting

Forest Service Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Peninsula Point Lighthouse!

 Peninsula Point Lighthouse, a historic site within the Hiawatha National Forest, is a great destination for the entire family to explore. Located at the tip of Lake Michigan’s Stonington Peninsula, you’ll find limestone shorelines yielding 500 million year old fossils to comb, more than 200 different species of birds to identify, droves of late summer monarch butterflies on the move, and – of course – great picnicking opportunities. The lighthouse is open to public viewing and offer’s spectacular panoramic vistas of Lake Michigan.

The Blue Water Ramblers, a folk music band that has been performing around the Great Lakes region for over 30 years, will be performing at the 150th Anniversary celebration of the Peninsula Point Lighthouse on Saturday, August 18th.  They will offer two hour-long maritime performances:  one at 1:00 and a second at 3:00.

The Blue Water Ramblers, a folk music band that has been performing around the Great Lakes region for over 30 years, will be performing at the 150th Anniversary celebration of the Peninsula Point Lighthouse on Saturday, August 18th. They will offer two hour-long maritime performances: one at 1:00 and a second at 3:00.

In addition to the usual fun at Peninsula Point, the Hiawatha National Forest will be offering extra incentives for visitation on July 18th during a 150th anniversary event!  Enjoy Great Lakes folk music celebrating this region’s rich cultural heritage by the Blue Water Ramblers and join Forest Service staff as they bring to life the Point’s natural and historical resources through engaging and interactive programs.  The entire event is free to the public.

 The celebration begins at 1:00pm on July 18th and festivities continue until approximately 4:30pm.  Folks are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. 


This file photo shows what the Peninsula Point Lighthouse looked like prior to the 1959 fire that burned the attached lighthouse keeper’s dwelling.  Now all that remains of the lighthouse is the brick tower.  The Forest Service will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the lighthouse on Saturday, July 18th from 1 to 4:00 PM.

This file photo shows what the Peninsula Point Lighthouse looked like prior to the 1959 fire that burned the attached lighthouse keeper’s dwelling. Now all that remains of the lighthouse is the brick tower. The Forest Service will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the lighthouse on Saturday, July 18th from 1 to 4:00 PM.

From 1866 until 1936 the Peninsula Point Lighthouse served a critical role in safely bringing in ships teeming with fish, lumber, iron ore and other products to the communities of Escanaba, Gladstone, Fayette and Nahma. In 1937 the United States Forest Service was granted custodianship of Peninsula Point Lighthouse and shortly following, the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed picnic grounds on site for public use. Thanks to many dedicated individuals and user groups the Peninsula Point Lighthouse stands today as a monument to this region’s steadfastness and tenacious ability to overcome adversity.

The 40 foot brick tower is all that remains of the Peninsula Point lighthouse today.  Visitors are welcome to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the tower to take in the panoramic view of Lake Michigan. Be sure to bring your camera and a picnic lunch!  The Forest Service will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the lighthouse on Saturday, July 18th from 1 to 4:00 PM.

The 40 foot brick tower is all that remains of the Peninsula Point lighthouse today. Visitors are welcome to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the tower to take in the panoramic view of Lake Michigan. Be sure to bring your camera and a picnic lunch! The Forest Service will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the lighthouse on Saturday, July 18th from 1 to 4:00 PM.

To get to Peninsula Point from Rapid River drive 2.4 miles east on US-2 to County Road 513 turn right (southwest) on CR 513 and drive 17 miles to the RV parking lot. Please note that the last 0.8 mile road to the lighthouse is single lane, narrow and winding, and is NOT recommended for recreational vehicles or trailers over 16 feet long or 8 feet high. Pull-offs have been provided in case you meet on-coming traffic. A parking area for larger vehicles can be found at the beginning of the final mile of road, and folks are welcome to walk the interpretive trail to the lighthouse or walk the road.

For additional information, please contact Anne Okonek at the Forest Service office in Rapid River at 906-280-4135.


Walleye Fishing on Bay de Noc, Lake Michigan

Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Returns To Bays de Noc July 31-Aug. 1

World-class walleye fishing on the Bays de Noc

A high-stakes, big-water walleye fishing battle of epic proportions will break out when the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit returns to the world-class waters of Little Bay de Noc out of Escanaba, Michigan, for a regular-season qualifier July 31-August 1.

Judging by past tournament results, the upcoming Cabela’s MWC qualifier should yield great fishing and more than a few behemoth baskets. For example, when the Circuit visited Escanaba in 2011 for a regular-season event combined with the Cabela’s NTC, it took more than 30 pounds per day to claim the crown. Circuit vets Korey Sprengel and Derek Navis eventually claimed top honors with a 64.41-pound, 10-fish limit. Thanks to the Circuit’s lucrative payback program, Sprengel and Navis earned more than $20,000 for their MWC victory in cash and sponsor contingencies.

Payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. In 2014 the Circuit rewarded anglers with a total payback of more than 127 percent, and that trend continues this season. Plus, the MWC Big Fish Pot and sponsor bonuses from Ranger, Lowrance, Abu Garcia, Zippo Outdoor Brands and Okuma add thousands more to the total.

As an added incentive, the first-place team will win a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid NTC entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques. And new for 2015, the creation of an option pot adds even more chances to cash in. At the recent Petenwell Lake qualifier, for example, tournament champions Barb and Danny Plautz added $2,730 in option pot cash to their total winnings.

Adding to the excitement, all Cabela’s MWC tournaments are designated as “State Championship Qualifying Events.” Teams from the state where the event is held are eligible, along with teams from a state not hosting an MWC event in 2015 (provided at least 10 teams from their state are competing in the event). Besides bragging rights, state champions will earn a $1,000 prize package including custom trophies, custom State Champions rings by Tight Lines Jewelry, decals, a berth in the Cabela’s NTC, and a spot on the MWC website’s Wall of Fame. In states hosting two events, teams must fish both tournaments to be in the running, which means Michigan teams must have fished the Detroit River qualifier along with the Bays de Noc event for a shot at the state title.

Teams will be allowed to weigh five walleyes measuring 15 inches and over each day, and the team with the heaviest two-day total weight will be crowned the winners. Weigh-ins, which are free and open to the public, will be held at Gladstone Harbor beginning at 3 p.m. daily. As a bonus to budding tournament fans, the Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association, Pure Fishing and Zippo Outdoor Brands will present a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic immediately after the day-one weigh-in. The first 50 youths will receive rod and reel combos courtesy of the NPAA.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. Deadline to register for the Bays de Noc tournament is Monday, July 27th.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 14th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Abu Garcia, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats, The Walleye Federation and Zippo Outdoor Brands. Associate sponsors include: Yellow Bird Fishing Products, Okuma, T-H Marine and Tight Lines Jewelry. For more information, visit, email, or call (580) 765-9031.

Kids Agree: Escanaba Family Fun Park Rocks

Kids can be fickle. Just when you think you’ve found the perfect activity that you can go back to again and again, they up and refuse to do it. And they make sure to let you know about it.

But Family Fun Park in Escanaba is different. (At least, as different as anything in our neck of the woods.) It’s chockablock with exciting, kid-friendly activities that parents enjoy too. It’s conveniently located just outside the heart of Escanaba. And it’s big enough that you’ll have trouble squeezing everything it has to offer into a single day of fun. So load up the car, grab the kids and head out to Family Fun Park. We have a feeling you’ll be back sooner rather than later.

Here’s what you’ll find at Family Fun Park.

Go Karts

Who doesn’t love Go Karts? Kids over 52 inches can drive their own Go Karts around Family Fun Park’s “fast-paced track,” and those who aren’t quite big enough can ride with a driver who’s at least 16 years of age. Family Fun Park’s Go Karts are fun, safe, and in great working order, so you can speed (or crawl) to your heart’s content.

Adventure Golf

This ain’t no typical mini-golf course. It’s 18 holes of challenging lies and fun obstacles that present a mind-bending puzzle for even the most seasoned stick-wielders. There are plenty of water hazards and varying hole heights, so you can’t just play once. And if you get a hole in one on the 18th hole, you’ll have to play again — because you’ll get a free game!

Bumper Boats

Bumper boats are basically go karts in the water. Sounds fun, right? Kids as young as 6 can take Family Fun Park’s bumper boats out for a spin on the park’s closed course. Flotation devices and adult supervision ensure safe, wholesome fun.


“Bank shot basketball” is “a combination of mini-golf, basketball and billiards — pure shooting fun,” says Family Fun Park. And fun it is. You’ll love trying to bank in each shot off a crazy backboard, with variable hoop heights and other obstacles thrown into the mix for an additional challenge. Who knows? You might find out your kid has a real talent for basketball on the court here.

Batting Cages

Family Fun Park’s all-ages batting cages feature hardball and softball pitching, challenging novice batters and seasoned Little Leaguers alike. In fact, local leagues often use Family Fun Park’s cages for a little extra practice. Show your kid how to keep his or her eye on the ball here!

Location, Hours and Group Events

Family Fun Park is located at 2929 3rd Ave N in Escanaba. It’s open “weather permitting,” which basically means any dry day during the warm season (once the snow and mud have gone, of course). From season open until Memorial Day, and then again from Labor Day until season close, Family Fun Park is open on weekends from 12 or 1 PM until 9 PM. (In May, there are special weekday sessions from 4 to 9 too.) From Memorial Day to Labor Day, it’s open 12 PM to 10 PM every day except Sunday, when it opens at 1 PM.

If you’re looking for something to do with a big group, like a birthday party or business meeting, Family Fun Park offers special group rates for gatherings of 10 or more. You’ll need to call for pricing and reservations, though.


Sledding at Ludington Park 4When visiting Escanaba, a stop at the historic Ludington Park is a must during any season. As residents will confirm, sledding down the snow-covered Lake Michigan hillside is a pastime shared by many generations.

According to Dr. Charles Lindquist, a park historian, the mile long, Ludington Park has evolved greatly over its existence. Even offering attractions such as a zoo around 1915 and a toboggan slide in the 1920’s. Most of Ludington Park as we know it today, came to be in the 1950’s. That’s when Aronson Island was built, along with the Karas Memorial Bandshell and water treatment plant.

Sledding at Ludington Park 2

As soon as Escanaba sees winter’s first dusting of snow, you will find locals racing down the hillside towards Lake Michigan on tubes, sleds and occasionally an heirloom toboggan. Growing up only a few blocks from the park myself, my brother and I made the trip down the hill so many times we resorted to using garbage can lids and cardboard boxes when our sleds broke from overuse. We spent many-a-snow day competing to see who could slide the fastest and farthest.

Brooklyn sled Ludington Park 2The area of the park that offers the “best” sledding is the portion of the hill above the soccer field’s north-end goal and Harbor Hideout playground. Once snow covers the hillside completely, someone, presumably tired of struggling back to the top of the hill, usually ties a rope to a tree or light post for everyone’s benefit.

Sledding at Ludington Park is free, but it isn’t fancy. There are no tow ropes to pull you back to the top and the hill only offers a straight-shot down to the bottom, with an occasional snow jump built by adventurous sledders.

But if you are looking a fun outdoor winter activity to wear-out the kids and banish the winter blues, which also offers spectacular views at sunset if I might add, this is your ticket. Besides, in today’s age of connected devices, obligations and stress, it sure can be wonderful to go back to a much simpler time and just slide down a snow covered hill on our backsides.

– Written by Escanaba resident Carrie Bartel.

It Doesn’t Get Much Fresher Than DeBacker Family Dairy in Escanaba

The U.P. is blessed with a strong network of family-owned businesses that employ local residents and give back to the community with enthusiasm. When those businesses make tasty products using locally sourced ingredients, well, that’s just an added bonus.

DeBacker Family Dairy is one such business. They’ve got a working farm in Daggett, Michigan, in central Menominee County. Though they sell many of their products straight off the farm, they’ve also had a retail location in the city of Menominee for some time. But Menominee is nearly 70 miles from Escanaba, tucked into the southernmost section of the Upper Peninsula. It’s more convenient to folks in northeastern Wisconsin than residents of the Bays de Noc region.

Needless to say, it’s great news – both for the company, which is clearly doing well, and the good people of Escanaba – that DeBacker recently opened a second location in our own backyard! It’s located on the main drag north of Escanaba, so there’s no excuse for not dropping by.

About DeBacker

According to the company’s website, DeBacker started back in the late 90s on a rented farm in Marquette County. A few years later, it moved south to Menominee County, where the slightly milder climate made farming a bit easier. These days, DeBacker has a herd of over 200 Holstein cattle and takes pride in churning out gallons of antibiotic-free milk every day.

According to Terry DeBacker, the founder, the company isn’t just driven by profit. It’s also committed to educating the next generation of consumers: “We want to educate the public about milk and all the nutritional benefits that it has to offer,” says Terry on the website. ” We want to educate kids about where milk comes from and all that goes in to producing the milk they drink.”

Sounds like a noble mission.

The Products

Milk might be the cornerstone of the growing DeBacker empire, but there’s plenty more to find at the new store in Escanaba – and in grocery stores around the U.P., if you can’t make it all the way to Esky:

  • Cheese: DeBacker Family Dairy makes several different varieties of cheese, mostly non-aged. Cheese curds, always a U.P. favorite, are among the most popular.
  • Ice Cream: Ice cream is a great way to use farm-fresh milk. You’ll need to check with the store for an up-to-date list of flavors, though.
  • Meat: DeBacker proudly offers farm-raised, antibiotic-free cuts of beef, pork and lamb. On the beef side, you can find nearly two dozen varieties, including everything from soup bones to filet mignon. In the pork department, look for country style ribs, sausage, spareribs and more. If you’re a lamb fan, you can get ribs, legs, loins and ground lamb straight from the source.

DeBacker Family Dairy also stocks miscellaneous items that use its dairy products, including take-and-bake pizzas that can be made to order with a variety of toppings. Call ahead at (906) 789-5766 to place your order.

Stop on By!

DeBacker Family Dairy is open every day of the week. Sunday through Thursday, its hours are 11 am to 7 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s open till 9 pm – yay weekends! And for you weekend early birds, the store opens its doors an hour earlier on Saturday, at 10 am. Drop by their location at 1024 N. Lincoln in Escanaba and tell them we sent you!

Check Out Hayes Corn Maze in Rock

Between Gladstone and Gwinn, along and around M-35, lies the community of Rock. It’s a geographically large, spread-out place with a population of several hundred to several thousand, depending on how you define it. Although, like much of the Central U.P., it’s heavily forested, Rock does have its fair share of farms and pastures. Arguably the most famous of these is Hayes Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, a seasonal attraction that draws folks from all over Upper Michigan and beyond. If you’re going to be in the area this fall, you’ll want to check it out.

Background on Hayes Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Hayes Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch has been going strong for well over a decade, improving steadily each year. The prime attraction is an extensive corn maze that changes annually, typically involving a mysterious, Halloween-y theme. (For instance, a murder mystery that requires participants to figure out which farm animal killed Farmer Joe.)

The maze is huge, spanning several acres and including numerous dead ends. Done properly, it leads you to a series of stations that help you get closer to solving the mystery. At the end — if you’re lucky — you’ll figure out the solution and escape with your sanity. If not, you might be wandering for a while. Needless to say, kids love the sense of possibility that’s found here.

What to See This Year

This year, Hayes Corn Maze is bigger than ever. One section is dedicated to honoring its primary sponsor, Napa Auto Parts — seen from above, they do a pretty good job of replicating the logo. But that doesn’t mean it’s any harder to get out of that part of the maze.

And it’s important to note that the frustrating corn labyrinth is just one of the many reasons to visit this Rock original. This year, you’ll also find:

  • Pedal racers, which are pedal-powered farm implements for the little ones
  • Pumpkin tree house, a pumpkin-filled structure for the ids to play in
  • Rope maze, an obstacle course that uses rope lengths in clever ways
  • A classic pumpkin patch that delights kids and adults alike
  • Hay Mountain, stacked bales of hay that you can climb
  • Noah’s Ark, a petting zoo with common farm animals
  • Straw Tunnel, a fun straw maze for younger kids
  • Much, much more, including concessions!

Where and When to Go

The Hayes Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch is open between September 20 and November 2, 2014. You can find it at 3474 St. Nicholas Road in Rock. To get there, turn west onto St. Nicholas Road (CR-430) from M-35 and travel 4 miles. The maze is open 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. It’s always closed on Mondays and is usually shuttered during the week, but it’ll open Tuesday through Fridays for organized groups of 12 or more. Call (906) 359-4825 for more information.

Ludington Park: The Crown Jewel of Escanaba’s Park System

From the intersection of U.S. 2 at the edge of downtown Escanaba, the view down Ludington Street is an impressive one. Have you ever gazed out that way and wondered how Ludington Street got its name (it’s more than a hundred miles across the lake from the lower Michigan town of the same name, after all)? Or, for that matter, what lies at the far edge of your view?

The answer to both of those questions – sort of – is Ludington Park, one of Escanaba’s most popular outdoor attractions. Let’s discover why this gem needs to be high on your list of things to see on your next visit to Escanaba.

Ludington Park: Location and Layout

Located at the eastern end of Ludington Street, on the beautiful waterfront of Little Bay de Noc, Ludington Park draws hundreds of visitors on nice days (and a fair number on gloomy, cold ones, too). The park actually stretches a long ways down the shoreline, angling back to the southwest and encompassing a beautiful series of inlets. It’s also within spitting distance of the Sand Point Lighthouse and Delta County Historical Society, two popular attractions for Delta County visitors. So if you’re sick of walking (or snowshoeing) along the waterfront with the breeze in your hair – or if that breeze is driving sleet or snow into your face – you can certainly take shelter in some interesting indoor spaces here.

During the warm season, you can take advantage of plenty of outdoor facilities here too. From the basketball, tennis and volleyball courts to the boat-friendly confines of the nearby harbor (complete with Escanaba’s main marina), it can take hours to exhaust your options. A beach and wading pool offers swimming opportunities for folks of all ages and skill levels. And during the cool season, a hockey and skating rink caters to fans of true U.P. sports.

Special Events and Attractions

But the real highlights of Ludington Park are the scheduled events that enliven the place throughout the warm season. During the summer, Blues for a Cause sponsors Monday evening (7 to 9 pm) music shows that attract such luminaries as the Madison Avenue horn/rhythm band and the Cadillacs classic rock band. Meanwhile, the Escanaba City Band plays at the Karas Band Shell on weekday summer evenings (the rain date is Thursday). Bigger events occasionally come to the park as well, with the city offering a speedy event application process.

Visit Ludington Park Soon!

In Delta County, nature and history collide. And you don’t have to travel far off the beaten path to see both in the same location. At Ludington Park, you’ll find something to keep the whole family busy – and more than enough to keep you coming back a second and third time.

5 Things to Do in Escanaba in the Rain

Locals occasionally refer to parts of Delta County as the U.P.’s “Banana Belt,” due to a slightly longer growing season and somewhat milder climate. It’s true that the highlands of Marquette County are a bit colder, on average, than this part of the Upper Peninsula. But that doesn’t mean Escanaba is a tropical paradise. The weather here is just as changeable and unpredictable as in other parts of the region.

In the summer, that means that rainy days can strike at any time. Instead of hiding under the covers in your hotel room or cabin, use these dreary periods to discover slices of Escanaba and Delta County that you might otherwise have missed. We’ve collected five suggestions here.

1. Relive History at the Sand Point Lighthouse

The Sand Point Lighthouse is one of the oldest and most historically significant structures in all of Delta County, and it’s right in Escanaba’s own backyard. First opened in 1868, it provided a much-needed beacon for sailors in the Bays de Noc region until 1939, when it was decommissioned and replaced by a more modern system. The station was converted into a U.S. Coast Guard outpost, complete with a residence for the commanding officer on site. Though no one has lived there since 1985, the residence remains in pristine condition. Visitors are welcome to look through the grounds, the entirety of which have been lovingly restored to their former glory. You can even arrange tours, including for bus groups, by calling (906) 789-6790.

2. Enjoy a Leisurely Meal at a Fine Restaurant

Escanaba is one of the Upper Peninsula’s premier dining destinations. Many of its finest restaurants are clusted along Ludington Street in the central business district. If you’re in the mood for a burger and a beer, Hereford & Hops should be high on your list. For innovative Italian fare in a spacious location that can easily accommodate groups, try Pacino’s. And if you’re in the market for an incomparable fine dining experience, perhaps to celebrate a birthday, career milestone, or engagement, Stonehouse will charm and amaze your entire party.

3. Spend Some Time at the Delta County Historical Museum

Like Sand Point Lighthouse, the Delta County Historical Museum is operated by the Delta County Historical Society and contains some of the region’s most significant artifacts. Housed in a former radio station, it has been educating locals and tourists alike since 1956. Admission costs just $3 for adults, $1 for kids, or $5 for the whole family. Although there’s an extensive permanent collection, including a separate Delta County Archives with thousands of documents and artifacts from the past 150 years, you might be lucky enough to come when there’s a special exhibit on display.

4. Visit the William Bonifas Fine Art Center

Speaking of special exhibits, the William Bonifas Fine Art Center houses some of the most innovative arts and history displays in the region. The place does a good job of blending the two disciplines, showcasing historical art, folk art, and craft artifacts firmly rooted in the culture of the Upper Peninsula. After all, one of the best ways to learn about the past is to study what its people wore, wrote and believed. It’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays, year-round.

5. Catch a Flick at Willow Creek

What better way to pass a rainy afternoon than to cuddle up with your significant other and catch up on recent releases at Willow Creek Cinemas 8. Run by the Thomas Theater Group, a homegrown exhibition company, this theater has everything you’d expect from a modern movie house. Grab a box of popcorn and take advantage of matinee discounts to see your favorite stars of the big screen in action! Showtimes vary, so check the theater’s website before showing up.

Don’t worry: There’s plenty more to do on Escanaba’s gloomy days. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and we’re happy to point you to other ideas once you’ve exhausted the options on this list. We’re also looking forward to seeing you in Delta County real soon – rain or shine!

Fourth of July Festivities

Delta county is a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July! Check out some of the exciting festivities happening around the county over the weekend!


The Independence Day Celebration in Escanaba will kick off in Ludington Park with childrens games and rides, public safety demonstrations, your favorite summertime foods. The night will progress with a city band performance at Karas Band Shell beginning at 8:30pm. Following the performance the magnificent fireworks display at dusk will begin at approximately 10:15

Festivities will resume on Saturday with a Rock the Dock concert performance at the Municipal Dock. The event will take place from 5-10pm and include a bounce house, dunk tank, obstacle course, National Guard, food vendors, beer tent, and music by Cadillacs Band.


The Independence Day Celebration in Gladstone will begin at in Van Cleve Park with the annual Kiwanis Firecracker Run/Walk at 8am. The Super Hero themed parade will begin at 11am. Following the parade festivities in the park include, Ultimate Air Dogs show, apple pie bake off, inflatable jumpers, kids games & vendors. Live entertainment in the afternoon will include the Remnants Choir at 3pm and a performance from Taylor made Band beginning at 7. Wrapping up the day will a magnificent fireworks display at dusk. 

Festivities will conclude on Saturday at noon with Ultimate Air Dogs, Inflatable Jumpers, Kids Games & Vendors. New this year is a Taste of the Red, White and Brew Event. The event will include wine & beer sampling from 6:30-9:30pm and music by Milestone Jazz Trio. Tickets are $10 per person.

The Village of Garden
Saturday, July 5th, 2014

The village of Garden will be celebrating Independence day on July 5th hosted by the Garden Old Timers and Garden American Legion Post 545. A parade will be held with the theme, “Red, White & Blue…We Will Fight For You”. The days festivities will include: games, bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides, nail pounding contest, lumberjack competition, “Crappin” chickens bingo and a free throw competition.  Visitors can also enjoy raffles, food vendors and a beer tent, wood carvings by Chad Denkins, an auction starting at 2pm, and free fun for kids at 5pm.  Live entertainment will be provided by Patrick Maloney, Brandon Hopp, Ben Peterson, Rick Rissman, and Diamond & Gold.  Fireworks show will begin at dusk.

Bark River

Visit Bark River for an old fashioned Fourth of July celebration complete with food, refreshments, games, and family fun. The independence day celebration will begin at 11am from Ray’s Feed Mill to Bark River Sports Park, with a 50/50 Raffle held before the parade. Afternoon festivities include a community wide picnic, children’s games put on by area charities and non-profit organizations. Enjoy live entertainment by the band Heartland Express from 1pm-5pm.  Firework show will begin at dusk.
Sponsored by the Bark River Lions Club.

For more information on upcoming events check out the community events calendar at