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GRAYLING – Summer is in full swing, which means the community is gearing up for the 2021 AuSable River Festival taking place in Grayling July 16-24, 2021, an extension of the famous Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon! 

Our community has events planned to engage all ages and stages of individuals starting the first weekend with the Pre-Show Cruise Night, Classic Car & Truck Show, and Spike’s Challenge.

Following that are Kid’s Day, HUP (Hurry Up & Paddle) Race, Arts & Crafts Show, Time Trials, Food Court, AuSable Main Stage and Brew Avenue, Special Olympics Canoe Race, Eagles Steak Out Dinner and Horseshoe Tournament, American Legion Beer Tent, Paddle Battle, Cornhole Tournament, Vendors & Activity Booths, GRA 10k/5k, Lumberjack Breakfast, Parade, Canoe Marathon, and so much more.

It takes a community to put together something on this scale, and we see over 10,000 people during the AuSable River Festival and Canoe Marathon, and we expect this year to be even busier. So, this is the time to be active in our community, get your business/organization out there, get involved and take advantage of the great things the AuSable River Canoe Marathon and AuSable River Festival have done for our town! 

Head over to our festival website at www.ausableriverfest.com to find even more details on events, how to participate, and volunteer opportunities.

We can also be found on Facebook @ausableriverfestival. For details specifically about the canoe race, visit www.ausablecanoemarathon.org (note this event is run by a separate organization). Check out all the fun events lined up for this year’s Festival at www.ausableriverfest.com.

AuSable River Festival events hosted by the chamber:

  • July 17 – Classic Car & Truck Show, 8am-3pm on Michigan Avenue (Registration 7-10am)
  • July 20 – Kid’s Day, 10am-2pm in Grayling City Park
  • July 21 – HUP Race, 5:30pm in Grayling City Park
  • July 22-24 – AuSable Main Stage & Brew Avenue/Vendors/Activities on Michigan Avenue (200-300 Blocks)
  • July 23-24 – Arts & Crafts Show, (Fri 10am-8pm / Sat 9am-6pm) in Grayling City Park
  • July 23-24 – Food Court, 11am-8pm each day on Michigan Avenue (100 Block)

Visit www.graylingchamber.com or call 989-348-2921 at any time for Crawford County and chamber member information and a list of upcoming community events.

Traci Cook is director of the Grayling Area Chamber of Commerce

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