See photos of the 2022 Troutarama

Annual festival does Baldwin Sesquicentennial proud

BALDWIN — The annual Troutarama festival is always a great time in the Baldwin community, but this year it was even more spirited — celebrating Baldwin's early roots, as the town observes its Sesquicentennial. The themes and activities followed suit.

From the Little Queen and King contest, to rides and games, live entertainment at the beer tent, free concerts by the Scottville Clown Band, a grand raffle, fireman's water battle, softball tournaments, 5K and more, there was no lack of fun for the crowds that hit Baldwin over the sweltering weekend.

The new event, minnow races, was a decided hit. The historical aspect of the celebration was showcased particularly during the Grand Parade. The seven marshals were Baldwin area people over 90 years old.

All the float winners each had historical themes, the best overall float being awarded to the Lake County Historical Society for its "Hats off to Baldwin" theme. The museum hosted an old-fashioned hat-making workshop Friday before the parade.

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The most spirited float went to Ron and Rosemary Dionne for the Quad R Ranch entry. Baldwin Lumber won the most creative float, with a large display wall of vintage tools and logging artifacts, reminiscent of Lake County 150 years ago.

"I think the parade was a huge success and all of the events, as every year," said Lori Braginton, one of the organizers. "A lot of people were around and the beer tent was full. Because they youth trout fishing was not held, the minnow races with Kelsey Bennett, Sara Ghent and Jim Allison from Baldwin Lumber, a new event, was very successful."