Summer fun abounds in Lake County

Festivals, concerts, attractions offered throughout the summer

LAKE COUNTY — Although many will be visiting the 42nd annual Blessing of the Bikes this weekend, Lake County still has plenty of fun lined up for residents and visitors alike this summer.

Shrine of the Pines

Lake County’s summer fun is in full swing now that the Shrine of the Pines is open. Located on M-37, two miles south of Baldwin, the rustic furniture museum is home to Raymond W. Overholzer lifetime work.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays every day until Oct. 15. In addition to the museum, guests are invited to walk the nature trails on the Shine of the Pines’ property.

West Michigan Jet Rally

The Lake County Modelers and Flyers Association will hold a jet rally from June 13 to 15 at the Baldwin Municipal Airport.

The spectator-friendly rally will feature demonstrations and shows of pilots flying model jets. An onsite radio-controlled car track also will be in use.

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Idlewild Juneteenth Festival

The Idlewild Juneteenth Festival will be held on June 14 in John Meeks Park in the historic Idlewild community.

The free, family-friendly event will be held to increase knowledge of African-American culture, history and community. The event will feature performances, activities for all ages, a petting zoo, music, buggy rides, food and vendors.

Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

Sounds of the Forest and Echoes Through the Timber music series

All summer, downtown Baldwin will come alive with the sounds of live music from the Sounds of the Forest and Echoes Through the Timber music series.

Music lovers will be treated to a variety of jazz, blues, R&B and bluegrass musical styles every Wednesday and Saturday at Wenger Pavilion until the end of August. The Sounds of the Forest concerts will be held every Saturday from June 21 to Aug. 30, and the Echoes Through the Timber concerts will be held every Wednesday from July 2 to Aug. 27. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.

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Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market

The 40th annual Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market will be held from June 26 through June 29 in Irons.

The festival, hosted by the Irons Area Tourist Association, is held at Skinner Park, located at 5074 W. 10-1/2 Mile Road in Irons. The festival features a flea market, carnival, raffle, music, tournaments, horse pulls, kids activities, contests, fireworks, food and drinks and more. This year’s festival will feature a car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 29.

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Luther Logging Days

Nestled on the banks of the Little Manistee River, the Village of Luther will celebrate its heritage during the annual Luther Logging Days from July 4 to 6.

The festival will feature food, vendors, crafts, parades, music, lumberjack competition, a car show, horse pulls, softball tournament, a mock rock, a fireman’s hose battle and a host of other activities for children and adults. On July 6, the festival comes to a close with its famous fireworks display.

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Idlewild Music Fest

Gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and soul will rock the historic Idlewild community during the Idlewild Music Fest on July 11 and 12.

The event will be held on Williams Island and include vendors and food in addition to concerts. Gospel night is from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 11 and is free to attend. Concerts will be held on from 3 to 10:30 p.m. on July 12. Advance tickets are $15 and tickets at the gate are $20.

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West Michigan RC Expo

The Lake County Modelers and Fliers Association will hold its second-annual West Michigan RC Expo from July 11 to 13 at the Baldwin Municipal airport.

The expo will feature an airshow that includes jets, giant scale planes and helicopters; radio-controlled car races, plane and helicopter aerobatics, food, vendors and more.

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Baldwin’s oldest party, Troutarama, will return for its 58th year from July 16 to 20.

Most of the fun is centered in downtown Baldwin, and the festival features food, drink and craft vendors, games, parades, contests, casino nights, music, a carnival and more.

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Idlewild Homecoming

Idlewild will again be home to the second annual Idlewild Homecoming from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 at John Meeks Park in Idlewild.

The free event, presented by The Idlewild African American Chamber Of Commerce and Paradise Lake Motel, will feature four performances by jazz and blues artists, food, souvenirs, vendors, book signings and more.

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