Lake County Annual Events - 2014





Blessing of the Bikes May 16th - 18th

The Blessing of the Bikes is organized by the Para-Dice Motorcycle Club of Grand Rapids. The "Blessing" started in 1972, when four bikes and eight riders gathered at St. Ann Catholic Church in Baldwin and received a blessing for a safe and happy riding season. Today, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gather here to have their bikes blessed, and every year it grows larger. Organizers said in 2003 that the crowd had tripled from 2002, and less than half an hour before the Blessing was to begin, Sheriff Bob Hilts received a report from his deputies that, "there are still bikes lined up all the way to the Lake County line," (five miles south of the Baldwin Municipal Airport where the event is held). After opening both the South and North gates to the airport, riders stream in two abreast for a blessing. The proceeds from the event go to Baldwin's St. Ann Senior Nutrition Program. 

The Lake County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 6th Annual Blessing of the Bikes Market Place. The Market will be held in downtown Baldwin in the area immediately behind the Baldwin Business Center. Come in and check out the dealers at the Market Place. There will be food vendors, clothing, bike accessories, and tattoo artists. For dealer information please contact the Chamber Tourist Center at 231-745-4331.





TBD.   Starts at 7:00 thru 9:00 pm.

Free Music concert every Wednesday and Saturday night rain or shine.

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Irons Flea Roast & Ox Market June 26th - 29th


Sponsored by the Irons Area Tourist Association, this annual family-fun event will be held at Skinner Park, just east of downtown Irons. The parade begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Irons Union Church and goes one-half mile to the park. 

There will be amusement rides, a flea market, live music, a food/beer tent (serving the famous flea burger!), bingo, and various tournaments (softball, volleyball and horse shoes). The complete Program will be available as the event dates near. (231)266-8217. More information on the web at



Luther Logging Days July 4th - 6th

Make plans to join us for the July 4th weekend for a fun & family-friendly good time!  Our festival celebrates the freedom of our country and our community’s rich lumber and logging heritage.  Events for the whole family, including an International Lumberjack Competition, Kid’s Games, Parades, Horse Pull, Softball Tournaments and many other events. Each year brings new events & contests. Music fills the street on Friday night with country band Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son and on Saturday night with our own local rock and roll favorite Epidemic. Vendors fill the street with many locally made products available and more are always welcome. Fireworks finish out the celebration on Sunday evening at Millpond Park!

For more information go to or call  Lori at (231) 629-5634


Idlewild Juneteenth Festival

Juneteenth Festival June 14,
2014 at John Meeks Park in Idlewild.



Idlewild Music Fest July 11th & 12th

Join us in Idlewild for the 2014 Idlewild Music Fest featuring the best of gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, and soul.

On Williams Island on Idlewild Lake.

July 11_5:00-8:00 P.M. Free Event.

July 12_3:00-10:30 P.M. Gate opens at 1:00 P.M. Admisson: Advanced tickets are $15.00. At the gate $20.00.

For info call:  Katrina Abraham at 231-629-6605.

Artists: Dr. Walker and the Reality Band, Cynthia Davis and Band 2, Darnell Kendrick's_Let's Run Away, and the Tricia Morre Quartet.

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Trout-A-Rama July 16th - 20th


Since 1957, thousands of people have annually met in Baldwin to enjoy themselves at the Troutarama festival featuring our Grand Parade, Arnold Amusements Carnival, Youth Fishing Derby, the DARE Car Show, and our Entertainment Tent including Casino Nights (lic. tba) and live Musical Entertainment. The 7th annual Lake Co. D.A.R.E.Car Show will be held on Sunday. The Miss Lake County Contest is Friday evening. The Grand Parade is @1 PM, in downtown Baldwin, on TBD

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