Frederic Music Festival will be held next weekend
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
Improvements made in the heart of Frederic for youth and family recreation will be highlighted at the fifth annual Frederic Music Festival.
The Frederic Music Festival will be held in the Betty Sajdak Park on Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24.
The goal for the festival is to conduct an event that brings the community together, showcases local musical talent, shows off recent upgrades to Betty Sajdak Park, and raises money to support recreation in Frederic. Twelve bands are scheduled to perform on Friday evening from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from noon to midnight. In addition to music, there is a play area for kids, craft booths, and concessions. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on the lawn.
The schedule for bands on Friday is 3:45 p.m. George & Paul; 5:15 p.m. Bob Mowery; 7:45 p.m. Rachel Brooks and the Blackbirds; 9:15 p.m. Limelight; and 11 p.m. Code:Silence.
An open gym and movies will be shown at the Frederic Township Community Center, which was the former Frederic Elementary School, on Friday evening with chaperones.
“We thought it would be good and entertaining for the kids if parents wanted to come down and listen to some music,” said Butch Weaver, chairman for musical entertainment for the Frederic Parks and Recreation Committee.
A pancake breakfast will kick off the day on Saturday and will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
A magician will also be at the festival from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to entertain the crowd and children.
On Saturday, the schedule of acts includes 12:30 p.m. Brighter Bloom; 2 p.m. Oh Brother Big Sister; 4:15 p.m. Nameless & Shameless; 6 p.m. Main Street; 7:30 p.m. Junkyard Revival; 9 p.m. Bootleg; and 10:30 p.m. Weekend Warriors.
Weaver said the mix of acts includes country music, duets, blues, and classic rock from local bands as well some bands coming up from downstate.
“All we ask of them is they keep it family oriented,” Weaver said. “We’re trying to get some fresh faces and new music in there. It’s for a good cause and all of musicians kick in and do a great job.”
The Frederic Parks and Recreation Committee is co-sponsoring a beer mile during the festival at 3 p.m. on Saturday for the second year.
The format for the beer mile requires a single participant to drink a full-sized beer, run a quarter mile, and repeat the process three times. Alternatively, a two-person team can split the mile and beers. Proceeds from the beer mile will support park activities and donations to local sports programs in Crawford County.
Registration for the beer mile is $25 in advance by calling or texting Samantha Hartman at (989) 390-9759 or $30 the day of the event. On Saturday registration will be open from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Paddle Hard Brewing, which operates a brew pub and microbrewery in downtown Grayling, is sponsoring the beer mile.
“It’s entertaining,” Weaver said. “They start out real technical, and by the end, they are pretty loose.”
Frederic Music Festival bracelets are also being sold for $5 for a chance to win several prizes that will be given to winners during the duration of the event.
Frederic Township received a Recreation Passport grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to repave the basketball court, install new play equipment, build a restroom, and plant trees.
“It’s just about done,” said Bill Sharp, chairman of the Frederic Parks and Recreation Committee. “We have some things to wrap up. The grand opening will be the music festival.”
Profits from the 2017 festival will be used to support additional park improvements and recreational programs. Plans include building a playground, pavilion, and a splash pad by the Frederic Township Community Center.
“Our main goal is to give youth and kids a place to hang out that is safe and provides exercise,” Sharp said.