Michigan's Upper Thumb Festivals
The Upper Thumb is at the end of the road but it's the start of good times. Each community in Huron County prides itself on offering fun events for local residents, visitors, and tourists. From Art Fairs, themed festivals to the 4H Community Fair it's a fun place to be each summer weekend. Here are the top events we look forward to each year.
Huron Community Fair - This end of summer offers good old-fashioned 4-H agricultural exhibits, a midway full of rides and attractions, and an arena of events that include rodeos, tractors, and team pulling, demolition derbies, and live entertainment.
Fish Sandwich Festival - This is considered one of the original shoreline festivals that has been featured by ABC's 20/20, and NBC's Today Show. It celebrates one of the tastiest creations of the Upper Thumb. An original recipe fish sandwich that takes two hands to hold. Held in early August.
Shanty Days - This mid-winter festival in February began in 1992. The major events can be found at Caseville County Park and in Caseville Harbor. The highlights include a Polar Bear Dip, Chili Cook-off Potty Trotty, and Broom Ball Hockey.
Harbor BeachMaritime Music Festival - Enjoy music on the beach on this three-day event. Some of the best up-and-coming bands in Michigan are featured. Camp on the beach and browse the festival's craft booths.
Summer Fest & Wing Fling - This late July event is fun in a small town. The “Wing Fling” offers a great chance to sample a variety of seasoned chicken wings and compete in a wing eating contest. The weekend is family-oriented with a parade, kid’s inflatables, clowns, fireworks, entertainment, car show, and golf and softball tournaments.
Porch Fest - This June event is part of a large annual music event held across the United States and in Canada on front porches. Started in Ithaca, New York in 2007, Port Austin’s first porch fest events bring local musicians and neighborhoods together to celebrate and create a sense of community.
Michigan Sugar Festival - This June festival kicks off summer in western Huron County. The event shows the area’s appreciation for the sugar industry which has purchased sugar beet crops from farmers and processed sugar here with local employees since 1902. Events feature the Sugar Rush Color run, fishing tournament, Kids paint the town (window painting), golf tournament, petting zoo, kiddie tractor pull, bed races, bingo, and laser tag.