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Warm Weather’s Here! It’s Time For A Look At Michigan’s Top Ten Weirdest Festivals [Video]

Festival season is upon us again, and every small town to big city in our fair state has planned an event just for you! That is if you have a Jeep or like to eat sucker.

It’s not a competition, so we go in chronological order…

10. Let’s start off this weekend, on Saturday April 22 the annual Spring Jeep Migration takes place. Over 450 Jeeps rode over the Big Mac to Drummond Island for this gathering of the Jeep clan. Don’t Jeeps have a special hand sign that they flash each other when they pass? Not to be confused with the Blessing of the Jeeps, which is May 6 in Mesick.

9. Moving along to May 7 in Casco, where the Suckerfest is taking place. Where is Casco, you may ask? Why it’s just off I-94 between Detroit and Port Huron along the mighty Belle River, where the suckers run every spring. There’s a parade, a Poker Run and a DJ Dance Party planned. And of course, there’s fishing for the Sucker Fish, which when prepared proper is quite delish. It’s 14th annual, and so far they’ve raised over $350k for the Salvation Army.

8. Up next, we have Mighty Uke Day in Lansing. Get out your ukulele and tredge on over to Old Town Lansing to hear such notable Uke performers as Daniel Ward, Heidi Swedberg, and of course, The Ukulele Kings!

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7. Bangor, down by Kalamazoo hosts Boredom Fest, if you feel the need to yawn. It’s actually a great weekend of music, May 19-21. According to their Facebook page, Boredom Fest is…

 Returning to Elderberry Farms for it’s second year, Boredomfest is set to span across an entire weekend with over 100 performers from music, art, workshops, yoga, and so much more.

So I guess the goal is to ward off boredom.

6. The weekend of June 3 is the Gypsy Goddess Celebration in Chesaning, just south of Saginaw along the Shiawassee River. What’s better than a little holisitc health and some massage with your music?

At this point, I ask that you all bow your heads in memory of the Gizzard Fest in Potterville, which is canceled this year, to ‘make some positive changes’. Nothing but good vibes headed your way, Potterville!

5. June 22-25 means the Pagan Festival in Belleville. Witchdoctor Utu will be there as will the Dragon Ritual Drummers, and there’ll be workshops (on Paganing?), and camping on the grounds of the Wayne County Fair.

4. Fourth of July weekend means the 42nd Annual Dancing Hippopatamus Arts Festival in Cheboygan. Promising ‘something for everyone’ and a pledge to continue their ‘long history of intrigue.’ It’s kind of a folk/outsider art show along the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. The eastern shore of Michigan is underrated, so this is a nice chance to sample it.

3. Michigan has its own ElvisFest, and this year it starts July 7 in Ypsilanti. Only the best in Elvis Tributes will be featured including Ryan Pelton (who is REALLY good, I’ve seen him before), Quentin Flagg, ‘The Hoosier Hurricane’ (with a nickname like that, how can you say NO?) and Matt King, who goes strictly fat Elvis.

2. At first glance, I thought the Michigan Fiber Festival would be about eating greens, and drinking Metamucil to stay regular, but it’s not. It’s a four day tribute to Fiber art going on in Nashville in Allegan County August 16-20. You can learn to weave and do other fiber arts, as well as buy some great art from Michigan artists.

1. And last, but certainly not least, is the Port Huron Hobo Fest, coming up September 15 and 16. I don’t know how many actual hobos will show up, but the Festival recalls a time when the less fortunate rode the rails in our country. According to their web site,

The 13TH annual hobo gathering will feature a Spam carving contest and cook off, Hobo Royalty coronation, acoustic music, children’s activities and much more. Hobo Fest is a FREE family friendly, educational event that brings people together of all ages to experience the life and adventures of the hobo.

Michigan has festivals scheduled across the state every weekend until late Octiber, and beyond, check out the entire list here. 

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