Antique Flywheeler Festival returns to Walloon Lake

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Megan Wilson

Contributing Writer

Come celebrate mechanical marvels and artistic designs with the Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers club as they host the 27th annual Antique Tractor Engine and Craft Show.
The show is held July 24 through July 27 on the grounds of U.S.-131, just south of Walloon Lake.
“The festival is promoting all versions and brands of tractors,” said Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Club member Deb Matthew. “This year we are featuring the Economy tractors.”
Festival gates open at 7 a.m. with an all-you-can-eat breakfast being served every day.
“The Boyne Area Boy and Girl Scouts will be helping with the opening ceremonies—they have been doing so for a number of years,” said Jim Mort, Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Club President. “We actually charter both organizations.”
Along with tractors and a flea market, there will be a number of artisans selling wares and doing a variety of  demonstrations throughout the day.
“There are approximately seven to nine blacksmiths doing demonstrations. We have the largest concentration of blacksmiths at one festival,” said Matthew.
Other artisans that will be doing demonstrations include basket weavers, jewelry makers and potters, to name a few.
“We have a working sawmill, a veneer mill, and basket factory also on display,” said Matthew. “This year we added a musical instrument museum.”
Also part of the festivities include a Parade of Power, which takes place daily at 2 p.m.
During the tractor festival there will be a variety of musical entertainment, ranging from open mic all day Thursday, and a large selection of various musical genres and artists every day until church services from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sunday
“We’re not a club, we’re a family. People help out at this event out of the goodness of their heart,” said Mort “There’ll be no better time spent than coming here. There’s something for all ages.”
Primitive camping is also available for $25 plus admission per person, campers are to use the North entrance and visitors are to use the South entrance.