40th Annual Portage River Festival set for Sunday, June 23

Press Staff Writer

        The 40th annual Portage River Festival will be held Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Depot Park in Elmore.               
        Many traditional events will be held during the festival, along with many new events added to make the entire day exciting for the entire family.
        This year's event kicks off with the 43rd annual Portage River Bicycle Tour beginning at Woodmore High School at 7 a.m.
        During the festival hours, enjoy a craft show and flea market, the 10th annual Redneck Lawnmower Pulls, the 10th Annual Charles and Murlyn Schneider Car Show and Cruise-In and the always popular Heidi's Twirlers twirling exhibition and tour the historical train depot and enjoy a model train display while visiting there.
        Several new things have been added for this special 40th annual festival. Highlights include:
        • Tours of the historical train depot and a model train display.
• Pony rides, face painting and photos with Snow White and Olaf and other surprise characters.
• A magic  show in the Historical Society Barn, 3 p.m.
        • The Harris-Elmore Fire Department and EMS will also be entertaining and educating festival-goers with a special surprise exhibit.
        • The North Coast Veteran's Museum in Gibsonburg will set up a historical and informational display.
        • The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be on hand with a special exhibit.  
        • The Porch at the Log Cabin will come alive with song by local singers John Stolar, Buddy Butler and The Quiet Things beginning at 11 a.m.
        Great food has been a tradition for at the festival for four decades. The Elmore Historical Society will be serving hot  roast beef sandwiches, fresh cut home-made french fries, shredded chicken sandwiches, smoked sausage sandwiches, their “famous” baked beans, cole slaw and hot dogs and coney dogs, along with its delicious ice cream with fresh strawberry topping for dessert.
        Along the midway, festival-goers will find fresh, coated nuts, specialty drinks, root beer floats, slushies, elephant ears, french waffles and funnel cakes.  There will also be a vendor offering several new and unique flavors of root beer.


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