BITELY — Residents in Bitely are preparing to share their heritage with visitors as its annual festival starts Friday

The 57th annual Bitely Homecoming Celebration begins at 8 a.m. on Friday with the opening of its flea market, and the weekend celebration continues until the raffle drawings at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The majority of the events take place in downtown Bitely.

The three-day celebration’s theme is “Boogie on Down to Bitely Town,” and it features food, games, contests, horse pulls, a parade, a midway, fireworks, teen dance, car show and 5K race, among many other activities.

This year’s raffle will award 14 prizes, which range in value from gift certificates to overnight stay packages. This year’s grand prize is $1,000 in cash.

For more information or to register for the parade, contact Kathy Way at (231) 745-4233.

For more information about the celebration, including a complete schedule, search “Bitely Homecoming” on Facebook.