Folkfest attracts record-breaking crowd

MANISTIQUE – It was another record-breaking year for Folkfest in Manistique July 12-13 as residents and visitors filled Main Street for fun, food and music.

The festival has been a part of Manistique’s summers for 24 years and takes place on the second Saturday in July. Booths representing various community organizations, arts and crafts, and businesses lined up on Main Street for the event.

“We have had another record-breaking crowd this year as Folkfest-Manistique is clearly growing each year in popularity and events,” said Paul Walker, Folkfest committee member, in an e-mail to the Daily Press.

Unlike previous Folkfests, this year’s festival reached peak attendance around noon. Traditionally, the peak number of visitors at the festival is reached around 1 or 1:30 p.m.

The two-day event also featured food vendors serving a variety of items including Michigan cherries and Lake Superior whitefish, and music from local performers.

Sen. Tom Casperson was also included in the festivities as a participant in the Manistique Woman’s Club Jail ‘n Bail fundraiser, which was held in conjunction with the festival. Casperson was “captured” and delivered to the GFWC Jail on Cedar Street. He raised enough “bail” to be released back into the community. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the GFWC Fountain Project.

Folkfest will mark its 25th anniversary in 2014. To celebrate, the Folkfest Committee plans to add additional events and is welcoming suggestions from the public. Anyone with a suggestion is asked to call 341-5010 or stop by the Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce office at 1000 W. Lakeshore Drive in Manistique.