NATIONAL CITY – First introduced more than five decades ago, the Sand Lake Summer Family Festival has long offered activities for people of all ages and interests. And that mix of entertainment will continue as the event enters its 54th year this weekend.
Presented by the Sand Lake Heights Men’s Association, the festival will run for three days this Friday through Sunday, August 12-14. It will be held at 4059 Indian Lake Rd. in National City, many of the events are held outdoors on the grounds of the men’s association, while others are held in the adjacent community center.
In addition to several volunteers who help organize the event and sponsors, including WKJC 104.7 FM, this year’s festival chairs are Ed Fisher, India Wander and Betty Parks.
The first event scheduled for Friday is a Retiree Day meal sponsored by the Iosco County Commission on Aging. Cost is $3 and food will be served from 11:30am. Those interested in joining are asked to reserve seats by 9 a.m. this Thursday (tomorrow) by calling Susan Dismore at 469-9361.
A series of activities will begin at noon on the first day of the 2022 event, which has the slogan: “A Family Festival of Community Work Together.” They include a DJ, provided the entertainment is justified, until 6 pm; concessions to be sold until 10pm by That’s My Dawg; and happy hour in the beer tent from noon to 4 p.m., during which brews will be $1.50 each.
After happy hour, the tent, available only to those 21 and older, will be open until 1 a.m. on Friday and will return to serve guests on the other days of the festival. Entry requires a button, which can be purchased on the event website for $2.
As part of Friday’s festivities, there will also be an organizing tournament, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the center. Walk-ins are welcome and more information can be obtained by calling Roy Riffe at 469-1024.
Big Wheel & Pull Tabs entertainment will run from 4pm until midnight, bingo in the community center will start at 6pm and the crowd is encouraged to dance once the band performs FlipPSiDE takes the stage, where they will perform from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m
The annual Sand Lake Summer Family Parade kicks off on Saturday, August 13th. Participants should line up at Eagle Park at 9 a.m. and the march will begin from there at 10 a.m. The route ends in the center and is expected to feature everything from cars, clowns and floats to contestants looking to win the title of best, worst or most unusual golf cart.
For more information about the parade, contact Angie Brink at 820-4949.
Shortly thereafter, starting at noon, event-goers will have a variety of options to choose from. This includes the return of DJ Justified Entertainment until 6pm; opening of a beer tent that will be open until 1 a.m.; arts and crafts until dusk, for which questions may be directed to Wondero at 469-8040; concessions from That’s My Dawg until 10 p.m.; and registration for the Corn Hole tournament.
The tournament itself will start at 1 p.m., and the entry fee is $10 per person. For more information, contact Ron Quinkert at 734-292-7674.
Bingo, which begins at noon, will continue until 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Faron Wells at 979-308-9203.
Sales of the famous Firemen’s burgers, consistently one of the most anticipated offerings at the annual festival, will also begin at noon.
Grilled on site by members of the Grant Township Fire Department, the burgers will be available until they sell out, and diners will want to make sure they get their spot in line before the food runs out.
From 4pm to midnight there will be another opportunity to listen to the Big Wheel & Pull Tabs as well as enjoy live music from FlipPSiDEwho will perform from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m
A buffet is planned for Sunday, August 14, from 8 to 11 a.m. by Sno Goers.
While that continues, arts and crafts will return at 10 a.m., with a yet-to-be-determined end time.
Events starting at noon on the final day of the 2022 festival will include a license sale from That’s My Dawg until 5 p.m.; opening of the beer tent, which is open until 18:00; Big Wheel & Pull Tabs fun until 4:00 p.m.; and walk-in bingo at the center, which also runs until 4 p.m
The sale on Firemen’s Famous Burgers will also resume at noon and will be offered while supplies last.
New this year to the Sand Lake Summer Family Festival are children’s old-fashioned games, scheduled from noon to 2 p.m.
Music will also be provided by DJ Justified Entertainment from 1:00pm to 6:00pm, with a prize drawing at 5:00pm.
For more questions about the festival, contact Fisher at 218-1037 or Vander at 469-8040.