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AuSable River Festival and Canoe Marathon schedule of events

GRAYLING – It’s the best time of the year to be in Grayling- AuSable River Festival time! The AuSable River Festival offers a full week of events, kicking off on Friday July 22, and concluding Saturday July 30, following the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. 

With more than 100 boats signed up for the canoe race, the number of people in town is expected to be somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000, making it one of the most successful River Festivals ever!

For more information visit graylingchamber.com or call 989-348-2921.

AuSable River Festival and AuSable River Canoe Marathon Events

FRIDAY, JULY.22.2022

5:30pm 12th Annual Car & Truck Show Cruise Night – 5:30pm Food & Refreshments

7pm Start of Cruise at Northstar Auto Wash Cruise through Grayling ending at Grayling Country Club– Event Details, Contact Dan Migrants at 989.745.5880.

SATURDAY, JULY.23.2022

*ROAD CLOSURE* 100 – 400 blocks of Michigan Ave., the intersection of 200 &300 Block extended down Peninsular Ave. and intersection of 300 & 400 Block.

7-10am Pancake Breakfast at Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church, $7 all you can eat (benefits River House, Christian Help Center Food Pantry, Baby to Toddler Closet)

8am-3pm 36th Annual Classic Car & Truck Show on Michigan Ave (Registration 7–10am, $15/vehicle, Trophies 2:30pm) All are welcome to come and see the cars, Classic & Modern Muscle.

SPIKES CHALLENGE SCHEDULE

8am Registration for all Spike’s Challenge Events will run from 8am until 2pm at the City Park Pavilion. These events include C-1 Race, C-2 Race, Junior and Fledgling Races, Mentor Races

9am Sprints for Starting Position of C-2 Race, Grayling City Park Pond

2pm Junior, Fledgling, Mentor races on the Pond

5pm Registration continues for all races at Joe Wakeley’s House for C-1 pre-race, Junior C-2 Race to Burton’s Landing. Please, No dogs in Joe’s Yard.

5:30pm Start of Junior C-2 Race to Burton’s Landing, beginning on Ingham St.

6pm Start of the C-1 race start at Ingham St.

SUNDAY, JULY.24.2022

*ROAD CLOSURE* Ingham st. closed from Business loop to Maple St. 

SPIKES CHALLENGE SCHEDULE

8:30am Line up of the C-2 Start of the Spike’s Challenge on Ingham Street

9am Start of the 2022 C-2 Spike’s Challenge

2pm Lunch and Awards Banquet at the City Park Pavilion – bring a lawn chair.

MONDAY, JULY.25.2022

Marathon MONDAY – Wear your Favorite Marathon Shirt #MarathonMonday, tag us with your hashtag & pictures @ausableriverfestival on Facebook!

4pm Well Being Evening in the City Park, Local Vendors and Classes in the Grayling City Park educating and  to relax and recharge the mind and body

TUESDAY, JULY.26.2022

10am-2pm Kid’s Day in Grayling City Park

10am-2pm Rock & Rest at Nature Center in Grayling City Park (change diapers/feed/rest)

5pm Da$h for Ca$h in Oscoda

WEDNESDAY, JULY.27.2022

4-6pm Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery5-8pm HUP Race at the Grayling City Park 

THURSDAY, JULY.28.2022

*ROAD CLOSURE*200 & 300 BLOCK OF Michigan Ave. North Side of Peninsular Ave. to Alle Way, and South side of peninsular to Post office Drive

12-7pm Craft Show Vendor Set up in Grayling City Park

3-6:30pm Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery

3pm-Midnight AuSable Mainstage performances on the 200 Block of Michigan Ave. All performances free to the public 

3pm-12am Brew Ave. opens in the AuSable Main Stage Area, need not be 21 to enter, must be 21 with a valid ID present to receive a wristband to purchase beer tickets!

4:20pm Business Relays taking place at Penrod’s hosted by Hanson Hills Sponsored by Arauco. More details to follow $20 per Business. 

FRIDAY, JULY.29.2022

*ROAD CLOSURE* 100 Block to Norway st./Crosswalk leave the rest open for County thru traffic. 200 & 300 BLOCK OF Michigan Ave. North Side of Peninsular Ave. to Alle Way, and South side of peninsular to Post office drive

6:30-10am Craft Show Vendor Set up in Grayling City Park

10am-8pm 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Show in Grayling City Park

11am-8pm Vendors and Activity booths on the 100 Block of Michigan Ave.

11am-8pm Food Trucks/Food Vendors on the 100 Block

Noon-Midnight AuSable Mainstage performances on the 200 Block of Michigan Ave. All performances free to the public! 

12pm-12am Brew Ave. opens in the AuSable Main Stage Area, need not be 21 to enter, you must be 21 with a valid ID present to receive a wristband to purchase beer tickets!

2-4:30pm Time Trials for AuSable River Canoe Marathon at Penrod’s Canoe Livery

2:45pm Special Olympics Canoe Races at Penrod’s Canoe Livery

4-7pm Grayling Eagles Annual Steak Out Dinner $12 with American Made band performing at 7pm Beer Tent all day

5:30pm-9pm Paddler Briefing & Boat Sequestering Event at Middle School and NOT open to the Public

8pm-11pm Grayling Youth Booster Club will be selling concessions in the Brew Ave Area

SATURDAY, JULY.30.2022

*ROAD CLOSURE* 100 Block to Norway st./Crosswalk leave the rest open for County thru traffic. 200 & 300 BLOCK OF Michigan Ave. North Side of Peninsular Ave. to Alle Way, and South side of peninsular to Post office drive

9am-Noon Paddler Briefing & Boat Sequestering Event at Middle School and not open to the Public

8-11am Lumberjack Breakfast hosted by Grayling Restaurant 

9am GRA’s 10K/5K (Road Running), starts at Hanson Hills Recreation Area. Registration Online only 
9am-6pm 44th Annual Arts & Crafts Show at Grayling City Park

10am 3rd Annual Corn hole Tournament taking place in the AuSable Main Stage Area (9am Registration)

10am Tom Trenary Horseshoe Tournament at Grayling Eagles Club, burgers & hot dogs all day, beer tent and cash bar.

11am-8pm Vendors and Activity booths on the 100 Block of Michigan Ave.

11am-8pm Food Trucks/Food Vendors on the 100 Block of Michigan Ave

Noon-Midnight AuSable Mainstage performances on the 200 Block of Michigan Ave. All performances free to the public!

12pm-12am Brew Ave. opens in the AuSable Main Stage Area, need not be 21 to enter, you must be 21 with a valid ID present to receive a wristband to purchase beer tickets!

12-9pm Grayling American Legion Beer Tent. $1 draft Bud Light. $2 Aluminum Bottles bud/Bud Light. Full bar. $1 Jell-O shots. Hot dogs, brats, nachos, chips, pop, water available.

3pm Duck Derby Dump City Park Bridge

*ROAD CLOSURE* Begins at 3pm Business loop I-75 From light at Lake st. M-72 East (aka Burger King Rd) Traffic is re-routed down State st./Maple St./ aka Back Bridge Rd. 

4pm AuSable River Festival Parade Downtown Grayling *New Route on James St.

6pm Pre-Race Program at Old AuSable Fly Shop

6:45pm Introduction of Paddlers at Old AuSable Fly Shop

7:45pm Posting of the Colors at Old AuSable Fly Shop

9pm Start of the 73rd Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon at the Old AuSable Fly Shop (paddling from Grayling to Oscoda) listen to 98.5 UPS, the Official Station of the ARCM, and the Flagship station of the ARCM Radio Network, for start to finish race coverage.

9pm-Midnight Grayling Youth Booster Club will be selling concessions in the Brew Ave Area 

SUNDAY, JULY.31.2022

End of 73rd Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon in Oscoda – Leaders 11:30am to Finishers 4pm

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