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Gaylord Alpenfest – July 9 – 13, 2019
[ July 9, 2019 to July 13, 2019. ] Gaylord, a vacation destination in central northern Michigan, will be hosting its’ 55th Annual Alpenfest® on July 9th – 13th, 2019. Alpenfest® attracts not only local residents but also frequent vacationers enjoying the beautiful Michigan summer days. Additionally, it is Gaylord’s unofficial annual homecoming weekend, with former residents returning to enjoy the festivities. Expect five days of festivities [...] more...

Wings Over Northern Michigan – Gaylord! – June 16 & 17, 2018
[ June 16, 2018 to June 17, 2018. ] Gaylord Regional Airport Presents the 2017 Wings Over Northern Michigan Air Show @ the Gaylord Regional Airport, 16 & 17, 2018, with Air and Ground performances! Something to do for everyone in the family! Enjoy the wide variety of vintage warbirds, modern military aircraft, high speed passes, aerobatics, civilian general aviation aircraft, and military and emergency [...] more...

2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon – July 28 – 29, 2018
[ July 28, 2018 to July 29, 2018. ] The 71st annual running of One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth - The AuSable River Canoe Marathon - is upcoming July 28-29, 2018. Known by its legions of die-hard fans simply as "The Marathon", this event is one of the original ultra-endurance events in North America. The Marathon is also the middle leg [...] more...


 

Gaylord Alpenfest – July 9 – 13, 2019

Alpenfest EntertainmentGaylord, a vacation destination in central northern Michigan, will be hosting its’ 55th Annual Alpenfest® on July 9th – 13th, 2019.

Alpenfest® attracts not only local residents but also frequent vacationers enjoying the beautiful Michigan summer days.

Additionally, it is Gaylord’s unofficial annual homecoming weekend, with former residents returning to enjoy the festivities.

Expect five days of festivities including a parade, carnival, kids games and contests, pancake breakfast, ethnic food, stages with live entertainment and the World’s Largest Coffee Break.

This is a true community celebration!

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3 months ago

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Alpenfest Postponed to 2021

The safety of community members, volunteers, guests to our community, and stability of the business community was top of mind when the Alpenfest Board of Directors made the very tough decision to postpone the 2020 festival due to COVID-19 to 2021.

In 56 years, this is the first time that the festival has not taken place in the Gaylord Community. “Alpenfest may not be happening this year, but we plan to take this time to improve the festival and come out of this crisis stronger than ever for the community that we support,” said Wendie Forman Alpenfest Board President.

The board would like to thank our community members, vendors, past attendees, sponsors, and partners for their support over the years. Without the support of all these players, Alpenfest would not be possible. COVID 19 is causing unprecedented effects that are felt by many individuals and businesses.

Please continue to follow Alpenfest on Facebook and our website for the most up to date information and answers to frequently asked questions
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Luckily this postponement does not have to cancel our community Alpenspirit. Perhaps wearing our lederhosen, dirndl and blumenkranz that week can remind us of that. We are a creative & resilient community. I look forward to seeing cool ways people come up with to stay connected.

Yet another knee-jerk reaction... If This virus was so bad... We would have been rotating our first responders and essential employees on a regular basis by now... Every hospital up north would be packed with suffering just from the exposed workforce... Right now... Even on lock down... I stongly disagree with this decision

I am sad that it won't happen, but I understand and appreciate leaders who prioritize our health and safety.

A very tough decision but the right one! 2021 Alpenfest will be the best. Thank you Alpenfest Board for all your hard work and dedication.

I’m sure that was a tough decision. I appreciate the efforts of the Alpenfest Board. I’m sure you’ll continue working your tails off and we’ll have a better than ever 2021 Alpenfest we can celebrate together!

Thank you for making a wise, informed, and courageous choice for the safety and well-being of all.

Thank you for your thoughtful decision. I strongly agree with it.

Thank you for the notice and to all out there thank you and stay safe please.

It's a wise decision. Sad, but smart. Everyone will miss it. I know we will. Grandkids for sure. Next year will be a celebration.

Sad news but understandable considering the times. Stay safe everyone - till next year!

you still wear your lederhosen the week that have alpine fest to should people that we still love our alpine fest. even if we can not have it. I be live that all retail should wear the alpine fest that week

As sad as that is...I respect that decision...safety and life's are more important...

So sad but totally understandable! Be safe!

Such a hard decision in this time of unknowing. You done good.

Thank you for letting us know early.

Thank you for the notice. Better to be safe than sorry.

We will miss alpenfest during our vacation this year. See all of you next year. Remind me of the date for 2021?

I'll go back to fear based.

I guess I will just have to wear my lederhosen around the house for that week 🙁

😓but the right thing to do. Will miss it

No carnival either? This is so sad.

Size decision😥

Steven R. O'Rourke

Sad day.....

😭😭😭

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3 months ago

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The Alpenfest Board of Directors continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. As of right now we are committed to hosting Alpenfest but may need to make some adjustments as the situation continues to progress. We will keep the public informed as those decisions are made. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to all that participated in our pin design contest!! It was amazing, we received over 40 designs! It was a hard decision for our board but ....
Congratulations to Samantha Church for the 2020 Winning Pin design and Katie Shambaugh for our 2020 Volunteer Pin design!!
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Thank you to all that participated in our pin design contest!! It was amazing, we received over 40 designs! It was a hard decision for our board but ....
Congratulations to Samantha Church for the 2020 Winning Pin design and Katie Shambaugh for our 2020 Volunteer Pin design!!Image attachment

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Congratulations to my wonderful niece Katie. 🙌🙌🙌🙌

Very nice!! Congratulations to both of you!

Both are so cute and clever! Nice going Samantha Church and Katie Shambaugh!

Great job Samantha Church! Both are great!

Congratulations!

Congratulations!!

Like them both.

These are great, I love the theme

Wow, both are amazing!

Nice job both of you!

Awesome job Samantha Church

Nice job Samantha Church!

Jiji Shambaugh

Taylor Beyer Mariah Beyer

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Wings Over Northern Michigan – Gaylord! – June 16 & 17, 2018

Gaylord Regional Airport Presents the 2017 Wings Over Northern Michigan Air Show @ the Gaylord Regional Airport, 16 & 17, 2018, with Air and Ground performances!

Something to do for everyone in the family! Enjoy the wide variety of vintage warbirds, modern military aircraft, high speed passes, aerobatics, civilian general aviation aircraft, and military and emergency ground vehicles. Lots to see, do and eat!

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2018 AuSable River Canoe Marathon – July 28 – 29, 2018

The 71st annual running of One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth – The AuSable River Canoe Marathon – is upcoming July 28-29, 2018.

Known by its legions of die-hard fans simply as “The Marathon”, this event is one of the original ultra-endurance events in North America. The Marathon is also the middle leg of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing. New York’s General Clinton Canoe Regatta, staged Memorial Day, and Quebec’s Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie, staged over the U.S. Labor Day weekend complete the Triple Crown circuit.

More than 50,000 frenzied fans will cheer & urge on on the tough competitors in The Marathon at various points along the course. First, when the starter’s gun sounds at 9 p.m. Saturday night in Grayling, the teams dash with their canoes through the downtown streets in a thrilling LeMans-style running sprint to the river.

The start of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon has often been referred to as the most intense, exciting several-minute happening in all of competitive sports.

The two-person teams race 120 miles non-stop for 14 to 19 hours & over 50,000 paddle strokes on the AuSable River from Grayling, Michigan to Oscoda, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Huron.

They will battle darkness, weather conditions, river obstructions, illness & sheer exhaustion while charging down the river at a torrid pace of 50 to 80 paddle strokes per minute.

Thousands of fans travel to viewing locations at public access points, bridges & the six Consumers Energy hydroelectric dams that the teams must portage during the race.

Many riverfront homeowners host Marathon Parties for friends & family. The most die-hard fans follow ALL of the race – 120 miles & 14 to 19 hours to the finish line.

The AuSable River Canoe Marathon is organized by a non-profit organization, AuSable River International Canoe Marathon, Inc. (ARICM) which is made up entirely of volunteers who are fans of this great race.

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Our next featured AuSable River Canoe Marathon memories come from Brian McMahon and Chris Proulx who shared the photos below. The first photo is of Al Widing Sr. and Hailey Halstead and the second is of Nick Walton and Chris Proulx.

Many spectators comment on the wide age range of our competitors, which is well depicted in these photos. Al Widing Sr. holds the record for the oldest paddler to finish the Marathon (87 years old in 2012) and to start the Marathon (89 years old in 2014).

Thanks for sharing the photos, Brian and Chris!

If you'd like to share one of your favorite Marathon memories or traditions and be featured on our page, send us a message. Feel free to add a picture or video. Let's keep the Marathon spirit alive throughout the month of July!
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Our next featured AuSable River Canoe Marathon memories come from Brian McMahon and Chris Proulx who shared the photos below. The first photo is of Al Widing Sr. and Hailey Halstead and the second is of Nick Walton and Chris Proulx. 

Many spectators comment on the wide age range of our competitors, which is well depicted in these photos. Al Widing Sr. holds the record for the oldest paddler to finish the Marathon (87 years old in 2012) and to start the Marathon (89 years old in 2014). 

Thanks for sharing the photos, Brian and Chris! 

If youd like to share one of your favorite Marathon memories or traditions and be featured on our page, send us a message. Feel free to add a picture or video. Lets keep the Marathon spirit alive throughout the month of July!Image attachment

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Loved watching and rooting for Al for many years❤️

Classic great pictures

Shazam Rasp!!

Our next featured AuSable River Canoe Marathon memory comes from Connie Bissonette-Landefeld. Her favorite memory is when her father and uncle won the Marathon "back in the day".

What a great throwback photo! Racing canoes and paddles have sure come a long way since then. Thanks for sharing, Connie!

If you'd like to share one of your favorite Marathon memories or traditions and be featured on our page, send us a message. Feel free to add a picture or video. Let's keep the Marathon spirit alive throughout the month of July!
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Our next featured AuSable River Canoe Marathon memory comes from Connie Bissonette-Landefeld. Her favorite memory is when her father and uncle won the Marathon back in the day. 

What a great throwback photo! Racing canoes and paddles have sure come a long way since then. Thanks for sharing, Connie! 

If youd like to share one of your favorite Marathon memories or traditions and be featured on our page, send us a message. Feel free to add a picture or video. Lets keep the Marathon spirit alive throughout the month of July!

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What year is this?

Back when they actually raced in real canoes...

I’d recognize the Bissonette boys anywhere, even when Bud was walking along Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Our first featured Marathon tradition comes from Brad Rowe: "Since 1998, I have stood at the starting line of every race (minus one) to watch and cheer for each and every single paddler."

Thanks for being such a dedicated fan, Brad!

If you'd like to share one of your favorite Marathon memories or traditions and be featured on our page, send us a message. Feel free to add a picture or video. Let's keep the Marathon spirit alive throughout the month of July!
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Our first featured Marathon tradition comes from Brad Rowe: Since 1998, I have stood at the starting line of every race (minus one) to watch and cheer for each and every single paddler. 

Thanks for being such a dedicated fan, Brad!

If youd like to share one of your favorite Marathon memories or traditions and be featured on our page, send us a message. Feel free to add a picture or video. Lets keep the Marathon spirit alive throughout the month of July!

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One of my favorite things about July. Going to miss all the fun this year looking forward to next year

Last year was my first year even though I’ve been coming north a long time. Sad it’s not happening this year

Last year was our first at the starting line and following the race down the checkpoints! We had so much fun and vowed to make it a yearly event. We hope to retire on the River in Grayling in a few years, as we love the area and it’s history!! Very sad that our new found tradition will miss a year but we will definitely be there next year!!

Going to miss this ‼️

What year did the McGuire brothers win?

Esa esta buena primo tengo unos conosido que hay de correr, 🛶 y bici. Algún día la ago. Eso si me esperan con mate y una ambulancia ja, ja

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In honor of July aka "Marathon Month", we would like to recognize your favorite Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon memories or traditions.

Whether you're a paddler, feeder, committee member, spectator, or local business owner please send us a message detailing your favorite memory or tradition of the Marathon and we will display them on our page over the next month. Add in a picture or video if you'd like. You'll have the option to have your name listed or remain anonymous.

Our goal is to reminiscence and share stories of this great event to get excited for 2021!
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In honor of July aka Marathon Month, we would like to recognize your favorite Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon memories or traditions.

Whether youre a paddler, feeder, committee member, spectator, or local business owner please send us a message detailing your favorite memory or tradition of the Marathon and we will display them on our page over the next month. Add in a picture or video if youd like. Youll have the option to have your name listed or remain anonymous. 

Our goal is to reminiscence and share stories of this great event to get excited for 2021!

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Judos and I really miss the people. We tried to get there this year to say Gidday but. Covid19 stopped us. It is such an amazing event and memories of the race and the people will stay in our hearts 💕 forever. As for the experience of the race Steve Southard documented it on YouTube.

This will be the only race since I was 5 that I haven't watched it all or some part of it. I was looking forward to allowing Tennesseans to hear the best race this year as I live here now, but I will wait patiently for next year. I dont have a favorite it is something that is a part of me

First (and so far, only) finish!

Since 1998, I have stood at the starting line of every race(minus one) to watch and cheer for each and every single paddler.

2015 marathon was my favorite as my son Ryan was paddling with Lynne Witte and my husband Todd was paddling with Roy Sowersby. I was worried I wouldn’t see Ryan as I was feeding Todd but they stayed neck and neck throughout the race so I could cheer for them both 👏

When my father and uncle won back in the day.

No Picture but Kane's Tree I would think would be up there LOL

My first marathon watching Ann Armstrong pull her partner Dwight out of the water up the portage when he fell getting out! Then she grabbed the canoe that had decided to drift away! Amazing strength amazing athlete!

My dad Mike’s favorite memory was the first year he paddled the marathon. It was the middle of the night and he remembers rounding a corner and seeing a campfire surrounded by drunk campers singing “don’t stop believing” at the top of their lungs to all the paddlers as they passed by.

Sunrise at Alcona. Any year.

Should have never canceled it

Hupallnight ‼️

Paddling in my first marathon. Riding Lynne Witte side wake and passing the “bra tree”. There were friends of mine there and were cheering loudly. I say to Lynn that they should be cheering for her not me and without missing a beat she said “no I didn’t donate to the tree” I chuckled about that all night long.

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