2017 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


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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 10, 2017

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 11, 2017

  • Arts, Crafts and Antique Flee Market
  • Bands in the Big Tent from 3pm -12am. See Entertainment Tent

Family Events at the Park

  • 12:00 – 5:00 Fishing at the Trout Pond behind Young’s Bait Shop. A $2.00 donation is requested for each caught fish. No child with empty pockets will be turned away. Sponsor: Michigan Wholesale Bait

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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 around town

  • Frog Jumping contest (BYOF); 11:00 am (Village Park)
  • Pie Eating Contest; 11:30 am (Village Park)
  • 12:00 – 5:00 Fishing at the Trout Pond behind Young’s Bait Shop.
  • 12:00 pm Candy Bar Bingo (Village Park)

Bands in the Big Tent

From 3pm -11Pm. 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 13, 2017

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 around town

  • 1:00 – 4:00 Fishing at the Trout Pond behind Young’s Bait Shop.
  • 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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