Troutarama fun begins
BALDWIN — Families are now enjoying a fun-packed time at Troutarama, which began yesterday with carnival rides at $1 each. This year's festival kicks off 62 years of celebrating Baldwin's heritage as the first place in North America brown trout were planted.
Tomorrow highlights youth, with a number of kids' activities including the Little Queen and King contest at 5:30 p.m. at the Wenger Pavilion and a kids and pet parade at 7 p.m. Youth games and contests for ages 1 through 13 beginning at noon. One of the new contests this year is a kids' water battle, which is similar to the water battle between the local fire departments, but on a kid-sized scale.
The Scottville Clown Band will entertain folks with a concert at 8 p.m.
“I hope Troutarama goes great and smooth. Hopefully the weather holds out and we get a lot of people,” said Troutarama Committee Chair Fred Olson. “I hope it is bigger and better than ever.”
Friday kicks off with the youth fishing derby for ages 5 through 10 at the fish hatchery from 8 to 10 a.m. and continues on Saturday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. Fishing contest awards will be announced at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the fish hatchery.
The brown trout will be celebrated this year with the dedication of the world's largest brown trout sculpture at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 20, with members of the Village of Baldwin Downtown Development Authority and Michigan Department of Natural Resources taking part in the ceremony.
Onager will perform classic rock covers from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the beer tent. There will be a $2 cover fee.
Saturday’s fun begins with a Troutarama 5K run/walk. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the race at 9 a.m. at St. Ann’s Senior Center. A men’s slow-pitch softball tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Hollister Park.
The Grand Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “A River Runs Through It.” The grand marshal is Ernie Wenger, of Wenger Insurance Agency. The Scottville Clown Band will perform after the parade at 2:30 p.m. in the beer tent.
Following the parade, there will be a car show and cruise-in will be from 2 to 5 p.m., as well as the fireman’s water battle on Michigan Avenue.
Live music by Dew South will be performed from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the beer tent.
The Troutarama raffle drawing, with the opportunity to win $1,000, will be at 10 p.m. in the beer tent. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5. The grand prize will be $1,000. Participants don’t need to be present to win.
On Sunday, the festival concludes with a men’s slow-pitch softball tournament at 10 a.m.
Throughout the weekend, there also will be craft exhibits and sales at Wenger Pavilion and sidewalk sales downtown. Food booths, a petting zoo, muscle and sole massages, bean bag tournaments and amusement rides also will be part of the fun.