OKEMOS, Mich., July 14 /PRNewswire/ — Every year, festivals and events fill the streets of many small and big towns in Michigan. From Port Huron’s Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race to Grand Haven’s Coast Guard Festival, and the Michigan State Fair in Detroit to the Summer Music Fest in Frankenmuth. Gather up the family and head out in your RV to a MARVAC member campground and discover the small town festivals and big city events Michigan has to offer.
Late July welcomes the 81st Annual Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race in Port Huron (http://www.byc.com/). On July 23, watch one of the most famous, freshwater, long distance yacht races in the world start just a few miles north of the Blue Water Bridge. Enjoy staying in your RV at one of the MARVAC member campgrounds near Port Huron including the Kimball KOA (http://www.koa.com/), Emmett KOA (http://www.govacation.com/), and the Ruby Family Campground in Avoca (http://www.rubycampground.com/).
From July 29 to August 7, Grand Haven will honor the 251-year-old Coast Guard with its 81st Annual Coast Guard Festival (http://www.ghcgfest.org/). This 10-day festival features ship tours, a National Memorial Service at Escanaba Park honoring the men and women serving in the Coast Guard, a televised Grande Parade, ship tours, a carnival, entertainment, a kid’s parade, craft fairs, a 5K and 10K Coast Guard run, and a Grande Finale Fireworks display. Enjoy staying at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park (http://www.ghjellystone.com/) in Grand Haven.
August brings the Michigan State Fair (http://www.michigan.gov/mda) to Detroit from August 10 to 21. The fair features animal exhibits, contests, and displays of country life, pig races, midway rides, kid’s fishing activities, concerts and entertainment. Park your RV nearby at Harbortown RV Resort in Monroe (http://www.harbortownrv.com/).
The Summer Music Fest in Frankenmuth runs August 12 to 20 (http://www.frankenmuth.org/). Enjoy all types of music including polka, rock & roll, Christian contemporary and big band. Dance the night away on the large wooden dance floor and enjoy the food and drinks afterward. Frankenmuth Jellystone Park Camp Resort (http://www.frankenmuthjellystone.com/) is located within walking distance of the city’s attractions.
Traverse City Michigan WaterFest on the West Grand Traverse Bay is August 28-29 (http://www.miwaterfest.com/). Enjoy exhibitions, demonstrations and competitions of water sports such as water skiing, kite boarding and personal watercraft driving. Try your hand in the sand castle building contest in one of the many age categories and you may win some prizes or giveaways. Stay at Vacation Trailer Park, Inc. in Benzonia (http://www.vacationtrailer.com/), or Lake Billings RV Park & Campground in Manton (231-824-6454).
For more information, visit the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) Web site, http://www.marvac.org/. MARVAC is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to the quality of Michigan tourism. MARVAC, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, Mich. 48864-5978; 517-349-8881.
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