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Hale Winter Fest - It's that time of year again!!! Hale Area Association is gearing up for their 10th Annual "HALE YES WINTERFEST", Saturday, January 20th!!!  Featuring a Chili Cookoff, Puppet Show, Snowmobile & ATV Drag Race at the Fair Grounds from 10am to 4pm, Fishing contest on West Londo Lake from 8am to 4pm., Bed Race at 11am at the Eagle Pointe Plaza. Sunday, Jan. 21st at 5pm enjoy a free concert featuring Karen Brokaw a local singer/songwriter celebrating the release of her first CD.  The concert will be sponsored by In His Presence Hale Assembly of God.  So come on out and enjoy the winter fun in Hale.  For more info check out their webpage at


Au Gres Winter Festival - 4th Annual Au Gres Winter Festival, Saturday, Jan. 27th from 2pm to 8pm at the City of Au Gres Riverfront Campground. Frosty feet 5K run/walk registration at 2:30pm race at 3:00pm. UTV/Side-bySide “Up Your River Challenge”, challenge begins at 11am. Poker run Noon to 6pm. For entry fees and more info please contact the Chamber at (989)876-6688.


Tawas Knights of Columbus - The Comedy Series is coming to Tawas Knights of Columbus on Saturday, Jan. 27th.  Doors open at 5:30pm, buffet dinner starts at 6:00pm, with the show starting at 7:30pm, cash bar available. Portion of the proceeds go to the Iosco Humane Society.  Tickets available at Tawas Chamber of Commerce, Brewkrew in East Tawas, Freel's Market in Tawas City.  Your hostess is Melissa Hager, with Adam Degi, and Headlining David Dyer.   For more info please see The Comedy Series website at


Perchville USA - 66th Annual Perchville USA, will be held Thursday, Feb. 1st thru Sunday, Feb. 4th. Whether you initiate yourself into the Polar Bear Club by jumping into a hole cut in the ice of Tawas Bay, or go the hot and spicy route by sampling all of the chili at the Perchville Chili Cookoff, this winter festival is a guarantee for your cabin fever.  So come on out to the winter festival of the year and enjoy all of the activities Perchville has to offer.  Whether it's the Perchville Races on the ice, or the ice fishing tournament to the chili cookoff or the fish fry, there's something for everyone.  For more info please contact the Tawas Area Chamber at (89)362-8643 or their website at


Perchville Vendor Blender - There will be an arts and craft show at the Tawas Masonic Lodge on M55, Saturday, Feb. 3rd from 10am to 4pm.  So come in out of the cold and enjoy local arts and crafts.  Door prizes and giveaways all day! For more info please call the Masonic Lodge at (989)362-6311.


Outdoor Expo - Forward Conference Center in West Branch is hosting Mike Avery's Outdoor Expo, Saturday, Feb. 3rd from 11am to 5pm.  Come and enjoy various Exhibitors along with Seminars on Michigan Turkeys, Predator Hunting, Trapping, Outdoor Women, Walleye 101, and Food Plots.  Admission is $5.00, there will also be door prizes.  Meet and Greet and Happy Hour with Mike Avery from 5pm to 7pm. For more info please contact the Forward's Conference Center at (989)345-3503 or


Snow Box Derby - The 27th annual Snow Box Derby will be held at the Sled Hill in Old Orchard Park, Sunday, Feb. 11th. The theme this year is Americana, so think Red, White, and Blue, Stars and Stripes, and all things Patriotic!  Gates open at 10am, and entries must be present by 11:30am to be judged in creativity and theme categories. Speed races to begin at 12 noon. Business entries will be charged $30, Family/Adult will be $15; and Children that build their own Box is $5.  For more inf please contact the Chamber at (989)739-7322


Rising Legends Entertainment - Paul Bunyan Comedy Fest is coming to the Hilltop Bar & Grille, 421 W Mill St., Oscoda on April 5th thru April 7th.  The show will feature 30+ comedians from across the US and Canada.  Shows are Thursday 8pm, Friday 7pm and 9pm.  Saturday 4pm (clean show), 7pm (general show), and 9pm (blue show).  Tickets are $8 in advance per show, $12 at the door, or an all access pass for $25.  For tickets:  Net proceeds going to Alzheimer's Association.


Perchville USA - February 1st thru 4th

Join us at the 68th annual Perchville USA, from Thursday February 1 through Sunday, February 4 for plenty of activities and fun for everyone. Whether you initiate yourself into the polar bear club by jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Huron through a hole in the ice or go the hot and spicy route by sampling the delicious chili at the Perchville Chilly Cook-Off, this winter festival is a guaranteed cure for your cabin fever.


Perchville King and Queen: Crowning our royalty is a long tradition of honoring individuals who have given selflessly back to our community. The King and Queen will be crowned at the Coronation Breakfast on Saturday, January 27 and preside over the events Perchville weekend. For the third time, there will also be a Junior King & Queen! Students in 5th, 6th or 7th grade will be nominated by their peers and selected based on character, academic achievement, community service, and leadership.


The Royal Feast: Join us for a Royal Feast to honor Perchville Royalty, past and present!


Chilly Cook-Off: Sample delicious batches of chili from businesses on and along Newman Street. Eat as much as you can and vote on the best! Coozies are available for $6 at Brew Krew, Tawas Bay Insurance Agency, Village Chocolatier, and the Chamber. Hosted by the East Tawas Business Association.


Polar Bear Swim: Take the plunge! For those with enough ice in their veins to face down old man winter, the Polar Bear Swim allows participants to jump through a hole in Tawas Bay into the icy water of Lake Huron. Brave the ice and freezing cold water for bragging rights and a T-shirt you can’t get anywhere else. $20 fee; entrants under 18 must have a parent’s signed permission; no one under 16 is allowed. LOCATION: Register at the trailer at the DNR boat launch (right next to the State Police post on US-23 in East Tawas), or you can register early

winter, the Polar Bear Swim allows participants to jump through a hole in Tawas Bay into the icy water of Lake Huron. Brave the ice and freezing cold water for bragging rights and a T-shirt you can’t get anywhere else. $20 fee; entrants under 18 must have a parent’s signed permission; no one under 16 is allowed. LOCATION: Register at the trailer at the DNR boat launch (right next to the State Police post on US-23 in East Tawas), or you can register early


Hospitality Tent: Come out and celebrate Perchville-style with plenty of fun and adult beverages. LOCATION: the hospitality tent will be in the parking lot behind Harbor Park next to the State Dock. Beverage tickets are $3 each and available inside the tent. Perchville button ($5) and photo I.D. required for entry, must be 21. Entertainment on Friday and Saturday to be announced.


Family Tent: Bring children of all ages into the family tent for fun and festive activities, games, and performances Saturday starting at 11:00 am and going until 5:00 pm. So many prizes! Admission is only $2 per child, accompanying adults are free. The family tent will be presided over by the Junior King &?Queen and include an outdoor petting zoo, gift giveaways for 3 age groups each hour, a National Guard obstacle course, karaoke, graffiti wall, balloon animals, and performances.


Teen Scavenger Hunt: This event for kids ages 13-18 starts at the Family Tent. Limited to the first twenty 2-person teams (early registration is available) parent or guardian must sign the registration form.


Fishing Challenge: Join the fishing fun! Open to children and adults; adults must have a
Perchville button to enter their fish, but there’s no charge for kids under 16. Prizes are awarded Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the Family Tent for a wide range of categories for both adult and youth under 16. Don’t miss the delicious free refreshments right before the award ceremony – we’ll also have hot coffee and hot chocolate. Rules are also available at the Chamber office.


Perchville Races: Bring your entire family – there’s something for everyone this year. ?Held at Dewey Durant park, there will be lawn mower races, go karts, and the super-popular power wheels demolition derby for 5-9 year olds. Any participants under 18 must have a parent or guardian signature. Demo derby is free, all others are a $5 entry fee; cash purse will be awarded to winners.


Perchville Fish Fry: Make sure to get a plate full of the real thing! Perch dinners with all the fixings will be on the menu at the East Tawas Knights of Columbus Hall on Friday night from 4 pm to 7 pm. Don’t miss a delicious dinner fried to perfection. Hosted by the Knights


Frozen Chosen: Join us for this annual shooting event. Compete with vintage or any type rifle shot at 100 yards. This will be a military style shooting contest. $10 entry fee paid to the Iosco County Sportsmen’s Club at the event. Proceeds will benefit American Legion Honor Guard.


Bake Sale: Check out all the homemade goodies to fuel you up over the weekend. Held at the Christ Episcopal Church.


Book Sale: The Friends of the East Tawas Library will host a used book sale on Saturday from 10 -3 in the old Branham’s jewelry store on the second block of Newman Street in downtown East Tawas.


Perchville Buttons: Buttons are only $5 and will be available after the holidays in locations all over town or at the Chamber of Commerce. Good for admission into the Hospitality Tent (must be 21), the Coronation Breakfast, the Family Murder Mystery Show @ the Knoghts of Columbus Hall (two shows, 1:15pm & 5:15pm), and the Fishing Challenge. You could also be a winner! Check your button number at participating stores to see if you have a lucky button number – you could win a fantastic prize!


Free Shuttle Service: Free shuttle service on Iosco Transit shuttle bus. Park at one of the stops and ride the bus into Perchville. Runs Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., see map or signs for stops.







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