2016 Schedule of Events

Look for the DDA silent auction located in front of the entertainment tent. Items are made by local tradesman and women.


Fun for the Whole Family

  • Music all Weekend (see band listings on Entertainment Tent page)
  • Flea Market and Arts and Crafts Fair all Weekend
  • Kid’s Trout Fishing on US 31 behind Youngs Bait sponsored by Michigan Bait Fish Farms and the Bouncer Carnival at the Park with new items.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Volunteer party

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Big Tent.  Your volunteer shirt and name badge will be available for pickup or you may stop in to sign up for a fun filled shift but be early to secure the spot you want.  First come, first serve.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Alanson Riverfest Teen Dance

In the Entertainment Tent on Thursday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Cover charge is just $3.00.


Friday, August 12, 2016

  • Arts, Crafts and Antique Flee Market
  • Bands in the Big Tent from 6 pm -12:30 am. See Entertainment Tent

Family Events at the Park

  • 12:00 – 5:00 Fishing at the Trout Pond at the Village Park. A $2.00 donation is requested for each caught fish. No child with empty pockets will be turned away. Sponsor: Michigan Bait
  • Bouncers and More;  3:00 pm  – 8:00 pm
  • 4:00 – 8:00 Rosco the Clown. Around town and will perform in the Village Park.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Guided Kayak Excursion/Fundraiser

Let’s color up the beautiful Crooked River with Kayaks for this first ever, 2 hour guided kayak paddle and fundraiser.  The Inland Water Route Historical Museum’s new Truscott replica is under construction and when finished will take guests for river trips and cruises down the Crooked River just like our many ancestors had many years ago. Your $15.00 entry fee will help fund this project.

This event will start at 9:00 am at Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge on US31 just north of Alanson with an optional breakfast from 7am to 9am for $5.  No need to pre-register.  Call Wayne Blomberg at 231-838-5309 for more details.

Sponsored by Ryde Marine

5K Riverfest Run/Walk

Race is at 9:00. Registration is between 8 & 9 am. at Alanson Public school. Race helps raise money for the Alanson Cross Country Team. For more info see: 5K Riverfest Run/Walk

Alanson Library Annual Book Sale

Saturday at the Community Building, 10 am to 2 pm.

Family Events at the Park

  • Bouncers and More; 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Frog Jumping contest (BYOF); 11:00 am
  • Pie Eating Contest; 11:30 am
  • 12:00 – 5:00 Fishing at the Trout Pond in Village Park
  • 12:00 pm Candy Bar Bingo
  • 12:00 Classic K-9 performance team. Performing every two hours throughout the day. Includes events such as Frisbee Dogs, Dancing Dogs, Trick Dogs, etc.
  • 12:00 – 5:00 Petting zoo
  • Bark in the Park; 2:00 pm

Bands in the Big Tent

From 5 pm -12:00 am. See Entertainment Tent.

Lighted Boat Parade

Bring your folding chair and watch the parade from Sanctuary Island on the banks of the Crooked River. Parade starts at 9:00 pm. Click here for more info.


SUNDAY, August 14, 2016

Alanson Area Church Community Service (In the Big Tent)

Hosted by the Alanson Church of the Nazarene! Starts with an 8:45 prayer time, followed by meeting at 9am for fellowship, with an awesome service from 9:15 to 10:15am. The collection plate goes to the Alanson Fire Department to purchase needed equipment.

Alanson Library Annual Book Sale

Sunday at the Community Building, 1 pm to 3 pm.

Family Events at the Park

  • 11:00 – 4:00 Bouncers and More
  • 1:00 – 4:00 Fishing at the Trout Pond in the Village Park
  • 1:00 – 4:00 Petting Zoo
  • 1:30 pm Northern Lights Irish Dancers

The Petoskey Steel Drum Band

Petoskey Steel Drum BandNoon to 1:00pm Playing in the Village Park Next to the Swing Bridge- Free Concert. Formed in 1997 under the direction of Barry Bennett, The Petoskey Steel Drum Band has performed throughout the state of Michigan and at other venues including; Epcot Center, Walt Disney World, Mardi Gras in New Orleans-7 times, the Caribbean Islands, and Hawaii. The group also just finished building a double decker “parade trailer”. This 2 story trailer was designed specifically for the New Orleans Mardi Gras parades but is also be used in local parades and festivals. The group performs 30-40 concerts a year and over 20 during the summer and annually at the Alanson Riverfest!

Sponsored by WW Fairbairn and Sons

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