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FESTIVAL EVENTS 2015 Updates Are Here!

Future Blueberry Events for 2016 or later: Dance Competition; Art Exhibit; Talent Show; Bed Races; Blueberry Baking Contest; ORV or Snowmobile Races (yes..in August).  Would you like to see any of these events added to our festival lineup?  We are accepting new members.  Click on our contact page; give us a call.  We are looking for any interested and able-bodied volunteer(s) willing to direct new or existing events.  Please contact us here.

Blueberry Festival Parades-Always a Favorite

The Montrose Blueberry Festival features two great parades. Friday, Aug. 14th, evening festivities kick off with the 24th annual Kids Parade at 6 p.m. that starts and ends at the circle drive of Hill-McCloy High School. Children may decorate bikes, wagons and miniature floats or walk the route in costume. Participants will be eligible for prizes and will be judged by this year’s Blueberry Queen and Court. This year’s theme is “Gone Fishing” and kids are encouraged to be creative and wear fishing-themed costumes. However, parade directors, Becky and Ryan Root say any costume is fine.

The 44th Annual Blueberry Super Parade kicks off promptly at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15th. Long a festival favorite, the 100-plus-unit parade draws an estimated 15,000 spectators. Headlined by the 2015 Parade Grand Marshals, Helaine & Greg Kuzniar, and featuring the 2015 Blueberry Queen and Court, Amber Rowe and Kim Murray, the parade promises the return of many traditional entries including the Keestone Kops, Shrine Clowns, The Frankentrost Band, the Flint Banjo Club and numerous Queen floats from Michigan cities. Kudos to our sponsors who help to make this parade such a success: Genisys Credit Union; Riverside Market; ELGA Credit Union; O'Guinn Family Funeral Homes, and MediLodge of Montrose.

38th Annual Road Race Run & Walk

The 2015 Blueberry Festival Road Race features a 5K & 8K route.  The event includes both a run and walk, and takes place on Sunday, August 16th, at 7:30 a.m. Race coordinators, Mandy Rindhage and Debi Allen, continue to make improvements to this popular event and say the 5k/8k format first introduced in 2010 has brought increased participation.  Our "Kid's Fun Run" will take place immediately after the 5k/8k awards ceremony.  Kids of all ages are encouraged to join us at the football field to run the track.  While you're there, why not check out the Road Race Expo which returns this year. For more information on any race or to sign up, click here: 5k/8k Run & Walk. Volunteers are always needed for this event and race director, Mandy Rindhage is looking for one or two people willing to learn the fundamentals of directing this race. Just click on the above link to send Mandy a message.

Get Down and Dirty with the Blueberry Mud Bog

                        

The 22nd annual mud event is sanctioned by, and follows the rules of, the Concerned Racers 4/WD Club. The mud flies Saturday, August 16th, at 3 p.m. at 11320 N. McKinley Road after the Blueberry Festival Super Parade. Tech & Registration takes place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Must be registered by 2:30 p.m.  Street: 36 and under DOT; Class 1: 36.5 DOT and under; Class 2: 40 DOTand under; Class 3: 44 DOT and under; Class 4 & 5: Open-any size DOT or Tractor Tire and Cut Tires; Chain Drive Class 3-4-5. Entry fee all classes $25. Guaranteed purse and "Bounty on the Pit"!

Admission for spectators is $8 per person, $2 for kids age 5-10. Under 5 years old free. Food & drink concessions are available. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating.  Alcohol and fireworks prohibited. For more information, contact Joe at 989-280-3534, email him at crcpapajoe@yahoo.com, or visit the Concerned Racers website at concernedracersclub.com.

Men’s and Women’s Slo-Pitch Softball Tournaments

A Blueberry Festival tradition is the annual slo-pitch softball tourney that takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14th-16th. Tournament directors expect to have up to 34 teams competing in the men’s division and 24 women’s teams in competition. The men’s tournament will be held at the softball complex on N. Seymour Road, just a half mile off Vienna Road (M-57). Women’s tournament play will be held at the softball complex, as well as the diamond on Hickory Street. For additional information call the Blueberry Festival office at 810-639-3475 or contact tournament director Bill Persails at 810-602-9606.

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast a Festival Mainstay

Mouthwatering food is a festival tradition and the annual Pancake Breakfast is no exception. Breakfast is served both Saturday, Aug. 15th and Sunday, Aug. 16th from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the cafeteria connecting Kuehn-Haven Middle School and Hill-McCloy High School. The delightful, all-you-can-eat breakfast features those heavenly blueberry pancakes hot off the grill, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. Due to tough economic times, breakfast prices are only $7 per person.  As always, children 5 and under eat for free.

The Pancake Breakfast crew whips up an amazing 20,000 pancakes, cooks over 1,200 pounds of sausage, and pours an estimated 300 gallons of milk, 200 gallons of coffee, and 150 gallons of orange juice. Over 400 local volunteers are needed to perform the annual rite. Call 810-639-3475 if you would like to be a breakfast volunteer.

Visit the Blueberry Pie fundraiser on your way out of the pancake breakfast.  Pick up a fresh baked blueberry pie or other blueberry baked goods and help our volunteers raise money for school groups.

Returning Events

Our Wine & Cheese Tasting on Thursday night at the Entertainment Tent was a big hit last year and it returns in 2015 for an encore.  Join us Thursday, Aug. 13th when we offer a tempting array of wines from around the world, delicate cheeses, and other assorted treats, all sponsored by Riverside Market, Fabiano Brothers, and Great Lakes Wine & Spirits.  New this year for tasting: a huge selection of Specialty and Craft Beers, also sponsored by Riverside Market.

We're also bringing back Movie Night at the Montrose Sports Complex, sponsored by Medi-Lodge of Montrose and AMD Urgent Care.  Give us a shout-out on one of our Facebook pages and suggest a family-friendly movie you'd love to see. 

A reformatted Road Race Expo will take place Sunday the 16th beginning at 6:30 a.m. in conjunction with the 38th annual road races.  The expo will feature all those home-based businesses you love: Avon; Origami Owl; Pampered Chef; and many more.  You'll find the expo at the high school athletic complex where you can pick up your race registration packets and register on-site.

Additional Events

The 6th Annual Golf Scramble returns Saturday, August 1st at Briar Ridge Golf Course.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 1st, and make plans to join us at Briar Ridge Golf Course, 11099 Dodge Rd, Montrose.  Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Enjoy donuts & coffee for breakfast, coney dogs & chips at the turn, and a catered BBQ chicken and rib dinner and prizes after the scramble.  Contests include separate longest drive for men and women, closest to the pin 50-50, and Las Vegas hole, in addition to door prizes, raffles, and a 50-50 drawing.  Registration is only $220 (4-person team) and we have room for up to 25 teams. Late registration the morning of the event is available at no extra charge.  Call Don at 810-247-6379 or Billy at 810-602-9606 for more information or an application.  Online registration forms are available now on our application page.

The 7th Annual Blueberry Festival "Kick-Off" Car Show, returns on Sunday, August 9th in a new location. This year we move to Lion's Park, 204 Park Street, in Montrose across from Carter Elementary. (The same park where you find our Flea Market, Food Vendors and Entertainment Tent).  Registration runs from 8-11 a.m., judging from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 3 p.m.  Trophies to the top 25 vehicles, dash plaques to the first 50 vehicles registered, two Queens' Choice trophies, a Grand Marshal trophy for the best overall vehicle, and a Tony Hromek, In Memoriam trophy.

Montrose Railroad Depot located at 154 W. State Street (M-57), is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.  Check out all the interesting railroad and other memorabilia from days gone by.  Contact the Depot via email at montroserrdepot@yahoo.com

Montrose Historical and Telephone Museum located at 144 E. Hickory Street, is open to the public Sunday, August 9th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14th and Saturday, Aug. 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 16th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Make plans to visit the museum as they showcase 44 years of Blueberry Festival memorabilia.

Wednesday, August 12th kicks off the 2015 festival with the 18th annual Baby & Kids Contest held in the middle school auditorium.  Registration at the door is from 6-7 p.m., with the pageant beginning at 7:15 p.m.  Applications can be obtained on the website application page or by calling 810-639-3475. 

Back for an amazing fourteenth season is Montrose’s answer to American Idol. The 14th annual Karaoke contest features two full hours for rehearsal prior to the contest start.  The contest on Sunday, August 16th, is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m. in the entertainment tent.  Rehearsal from noon until 2 p.m.  Cash prizes total $500 and the contest is open to participants 18 and older with absolutely no entry fee. This family-friendly event features 50-50 drawings, raffles and auctions where you can score some great bargains.  Call the festival office at 810-639-3475 for applications or visit the application page on our website.

Enjoy the Blueberry Festival but just LOVE those Renaissance Festivals?  His Majesty hath set forth This Proclamation: "All who come must have fun"! The Shiabruck Medieval Village opens Friday, August 14th through Sunday, August 16th.  Located near Campers village and across from Hill-McCloy H.S., Shiabruck offers renaissance style re-enactments, jousting, storytellers, wandering musicians and plenty of souvenirs.  For more information about the Shiabruck Medieval Reenactment Association just click on this site: Shiabruck, or contact Dana MacVay at 989-652-8444 (8 a.m.-2 p.m. M-F) or 989-624-5925 (3 p.m.-8 p.m. & weekends).  Applications can be found on the website or by calling the festival office.

Blueberry Souvenirs and baked goods can be found at the Blueberry Store located outside the entertainment tent along Park Drive.   Pick up your 2015"Gone Fishing" themed t-shirts and other festival souvenirs or grab some fresh-baked blueberry pies, muffins, donuts and other delicious baked goods, in addition to those sweet, plump blueberries by the pint or quart container.

 

Entertainment Tent Highlights

Teens are welcomed into the tent on Wednesday evening, August 12th, from 9 p.m. until midnight for their very own night.  The annual teen dance returns to the entertainment tent for the seventh year.   Enjoy the sounds of DJ Rob Mata, or just socialize.  Water and soft drinks available.  Cover charge.

The Kid's Karoke Contest returns on Saturday, August 15th, from 5-7 p.m. in the entertainment tent.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for age groups 6-9; 10-12; 13-15; & 16-17. Come on out and cheer on your favorites!

Karaoke returns to the entertainment tent Friday through Sunday.  Open karaoke hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 5 p.m.  The adult karaoke contest returns on Sunday from 2-6 p.m.  the format for the adult competition offers two full hours for rehearsal and is open to all contestants 18 and older.  Grab a share of the $500 prize package.

Hit the Entertainment Tent on Friday, August 14th, and Saturday, August 15th as the Blueberry Festival offers up live music. Friday night we bring you "HairMania", an 80's hair band from Kalamazoo, MI. Saturday night the tent will be jamming with "RockStar", Detroit's premier Hair Band Tribute Show. DJ Joe keeps the music flowing during band intermissions.  The tent opens at 8 p.m. and closes at 2 a.m. Must be 21 or older to enter and must have photo ID.  No exceptions!  Cover charge.

 

 

 





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