Boyne area Labor Day Weekend packed with fun

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Whether you’re interested in the roar of the drag strip or the quiet majesty of a stroll past classic cars, a miniature bridge walk and pig roast or the fun and excitement of an authentic triathlon, the Boyne Area has some of the best Labor Day weekend entertainment and family-friendly events around.

Start out the weekend with a preview of the sweet rides at the Kiwanis Car Show during the ever-popular Stroll the Streets music and fun event.

Then, enjoy the full car show on Saturday with music, food, cool classic cars and see who wins one of the 28 trophies which will be awarded.

Then, on Sunday, head down to Peninsula Beach Park to see some of the area’s top athletes compete in an endurance challenge that includes running, swimming and biking.

Later on Sunday, be sure to get a good seat at the annual drag races at the Boyne City Airport, where racers will get the chance to sate their need for speed.

Finally, on Labor Day Monday, the biggest little bridge walk around will follow a community picnic pig roast in Horton Bay.

Sept. 5
Kiwanis Car show
Kiwanis Club of Boyne City is preparing for its annual Labor Day weekend car show.
They are having a “Friday Night Preview” during Stroll the Streets, free to participants on Sept. 4, and Kiwanis is awarding three “Best of Show” trophies at 8 p.m.
The next day, Sept. 5 is the Saturday Car Show with DJs playing music all day in Veterans Park on the lakefront.
The show has 28 Trophy Classes, plus six “Best of Show” trophies that will be awarded to registered participants.
Every entry will take home a prize, dash plaque and more gifts.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Judging begins at 10 a.m. and awards start at 3 p.m.
More info at or 582-7649 or contact or 582-2492

sept. 6
Triathlon to fight brain disease
When you compete in the Boyne City Triathlon, you are joining the race to fight brain disease. The third annual event starts at 8 a.m. Sunday Sept. 6, at Peninsula Beach Park in Boyne City.
Athletes can compete individually or as a team relay in a Sprint Distance Duathlon, a Sprint Distance Triathlon or an Olympic Distance Triathlon.
Swim in beautiful Lake Charlevoix, bike the scenic shore of the lake and through the rolling hills of Charlevoix County, then finish with a run along the streets of Boyne City.
Finishers will receive a custom hat or visor from 2XU, a custom finisher medal, registration bag and they will also be eligible for great prizes. Athletes receive a post-race lunch. We encourage everyone to come cheer on the athletes and you can purchase a meal from your favorite food truck. Or volunteer for a few hours and get your meal for free.
To volunteer email Net proceeds will benefit Team Lucky Seven and be distributed to the Mayo Clinic for research into Neurological Disease.
More information at

Sept. 6
Drag Races
The annual Boyne City drag race will be held Sunday Sept. 6.
Side-by-side, eighth-mile drag races will be from 12 noon-5 p.m. at the airport, 1048 E. Main St. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Boyne City Airport and the Boyne Valley Lions Club.
The event is organized by the Lions and a committee of drag race enthusiasts.
Entry fees are $25 in advance and $30 on race day for cars, trucks and motorcycles, while pit passes are $15. Spectators pay a $10 admission fee; children under 12 years are admitted free.
Gates open to racers at 8:30 a.m. for registration and tech inspections.
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Sept. 7
Horton Bay Pig Roast and Bridge Walk
On Monday Sept. 7, the Horton Bay United Methodist Church will host its annual Labor Day Pig Roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Lots of great food will be served including pork, sweet corn, potato salad, coleslaw and homemade pies.
Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 10, and free for those under 5.
Also featured will be music and tables with crafts and homemade goodies for sale beginning at 4 p.m.
Then at 7:30 p.m, Horton Bay will hold its 35th annual candlelight walk across the famous 14.5-ft. Horton Bay Bridge. Those who make it across will receive a certificate of accomplishment, which can then be taken to the General Store and shown for free ice cream.