Will the Manistee National Forest Festival return in 2022?


MANISTEE – The Manistee National Forest Festival is set to pick up steam again this year.

“It’s time to celebrate Independence Day weekend on the shores of Lake Michigan and throughout the region. Families, friends and tourists are getting ready for five days of fun in the sun,” reads a press release from the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event each year.

The festival is scheduled for June 30-July 4, with most events taking place around Douglas Park and First Street Beach, including some of these festival staples: Anderson Midway Carnival, Family Day, Jaycees Beach Bash, Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo, Scottville Clown Band concert, Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony and Parade, and fireworks over Lake Michigan.

“This signature festival draws thousands of people, many of whom return with ties to the area and region, and embodies the idea of ​​’community’ that so many people love in Manistee County,” said Stacie Bytwork, President and CEO of the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, in a press release.

A popular event among families is the “Little Big Shots” talent show, hosted by the Manistee County Blue Tigers.

The first talent show was held in 2018. After a one-year hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it returns this year.

“Last year was a banner year for the Little Big Shots,” said Shirley Madden, an event organizer. “Toni Trucks of Manistee was the host of the show. Toni is a star, in his own right, with the popular ‘Seal Team’ TV show. … The Little Big Shots Talent Show is presented to a warm audience and welcoming.”

As a school psychologist, Madden believes that involving children in such a program, which is non-competitive, will help build their self-confidence.

“For this reason alone, I started the Little Big Shots Talent Show,” she said in a press release.

The Blue Tigers group is looking for children ages 4-16 who enjoy singing, dancing, reciting speeches and/or poetry, playing an instrument, doing magic tricks or any other talent, register you now.

The “Little Big Shots” Talent Show will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 2 at the Lion Pavilion. Auditions will take place via Zoom.

Contact Madden at 313-478-5347 or email [email protected] to register a young person to participate and set up auditions. Videos of a child’s performance can also be emailed.

The Blue Tigers are a community outreach organization that provides scholarships.

Any organization planning an event that they would like to add to the digital festival brochure must submit the information via the link provided on the website by June 1.

Find more information by searching Manistee National Forest Festival on Facebook or manisteeforestfestival.com.


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