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Kalkaska, MI

April 23-27

In 1932 a fishing holiday was planned in Kalkaska that would later be called the National Trout Festival -NTF (1935). The festival was the last part of April so that it coincided with the opening day of Trout Season.

The NTF used to have some unique contests and events. for example: the Liar’s Club, the fisherman and woman with the largest waistline, greatest number of hours fishing with the smallest catch, the homeliest fisherman & woman and the first King’s throne was a large pine stump.

Theres has been 78 years of parades, floats, fishing contests, and fireworks to commemorate the NTF. People have often referred to the “annual NTF” but in reality it is not. NTF was put on hold for 3 years during WWII . Men & manywomen were gone to serve their country while many of women still here were serving in factories making plane parts, etc. for the Defense Department. So we are really celebrating the 78th National Trout Festival.

The festival has evolved into an events that draws 10-12,000 spectators as opposed to the 1-2,000 from the early years. We still do the “good old” standards like parades, fireworks & fishing, but over the years we have added things like Skerbeck Carnival, a huge Flea Market, Kalkaska Idol Singing Contest, Craft Show, Children and Adult Fishing Contests, Whispering Pines Exotic Animals and Petting Zoo, Ugly Truck Contest and Classic Car Show. Demolition Derby, and much more. We have something for all ages.

This year’s theme is “A Trout Tale” (you know the proverbial fish story). We are very excited about the NTF and would extend an invitation to all if you. It would be our pleasure to see you here in Kalkaska, Michigan. Opening ceremonies start at 6:00 p.m. on Weds, the 23rd of April, 2014 right downtown on US 131. Closing events take place on Sunday the 27th. A schedule of events can be found at www.nationaltroutfestival.com. Hope to see you there.



56th Annual Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

April 24-27, 2014

Shepherd, Michigan, the “Sweetest Little Town Anywhere Around,” located in central Michigan is gearing up for its 56th Maple Syrup Festival on April 24-27, 2014.  The four-day, family-oriented festival includes our famous “all you can eat” pancake, maple syrup, and sausage meals served at the high school on Friday 3-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m.-  2 p.m.

Our Festival endeavor is unique because volunteers of all ages handle all of our activities! Proceeds from our three-day Festival provide recreational activities for youngsters in the Shepherd School District, maintain a community park, and further develop property north of the village where many of our events will be housed in the future.

Activities this year begin in March with tree tapping and syrup making.  Our parade marshals and 2014 Maple Syrup Queen/King and court will reign over the weekend activities and represent our village at various social events and parades throughout the year.  Sausage-making will occur in April when more than 6,000 pounds of sausage are processed to feed our weekend guests.

Festival activities include indoor and outdoor arts & craft shows, 5K/10K run, amusement rides, children’s village, petting zoo, laser tag, tractor pulls, classic car display, chainsaw carver, band concert, and a senior citizen dance.  Featured also are parades on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, and everyone is invited to visit our Sugar Bush building, Train Depot, Area Historical, and Little Red School House museums.

The residents of Shepherd cordially invite you to join us April 24-27, in the “Sweetest Little Town Anywhere Around” and witness hometown hospitality at its best!





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