Summer fun

Annual Flea Roast kicks off season of family fun

LAKE COUNTY - It may not seem too summer-esque just yet, but we’re getting there.

Summer is “officially” arriving in Lake County and surrounding communities, and there is plenty to do and a lot coming up on the seasonal schedule.

It’s time to mark your calendar in order to not miss out on the fun.

Next week, June 23-26, the annual Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market will take place offering a fine weekend of community fun and music.

For almost four decades plus, folks in Irons and visitors to Lake County have gathered for a celebration of one of the oldest, longest running festivals of its kind in Michigan.

For 37 years, the Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market has offered a ton of fun for area residents and visitors alike. This year once again there will be softball competitions, carnival fun rides, lots of food, venders galore, and simply all kinds of fun.

Skinner Park will be a beehive of activity for anyone heading over to the Irons area for even part of the weekend.

As in years past, the celebration will “officially” begin when the Grand Marshals lead the Grand Parade through downtown Irons at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at Irons Union Church and make its way east through town until it reaches its final destination at the park.

The Grand Parade is always a lot of fun, so don’t miss out on a chance to cheer on friends and neighbors taking part.

Organizers encourage all comers to “ ...grab your kids and your chairs and come enjoy this year’s parade and, kids, don’t forget to decorate your bikes.

“You might just win a prize.

If you would like to participate or for more information, please contact The Flea Roast and Ox Market office at (231) 266-810.

For a full schedule of events and tons of information, see the festival website at

Later in the afternoon, at 4 p.m., opening ceremonies for the Flea Roast and Ox market will be held and the Ox Market will officially open at 4:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Irons Area Tourist Association More information will be published as event date nears.

That same weekend, June 24-26, West Michigan’s Longest Yard Sale will once again take place all along M37 in Lake County.

Organizers are hoping more people will get involved. In years past there have been a lot of buyers driving up and down the road, but there simply haven’t been enough sellers.

This is a great opportunity for individuals, groups, churches, and whoever to make a little bit of money while getting rid of stuff they don’t need.

Following the June happenings will be Luther Days on July 2-4, in downtown Luther; the annual Idlewild Music Fest, July 7-9, on Williams Island in Idlewild; and, of course, Troutarama, July 20-24 in downtown Baldwin.

There’s a lot going on this summer.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun.