Boyne City adults-only spelling bee to raise funds for Last River Draw bronze statue

The First Annual Boyne Bee will be held at 7 p.m. on March 23, at Friggy’s SOBO Pub in Boyne City.

This adults-only spelling bee will involve teams of two vying for the bragging rights to be the biggest Queen (or King) BEE in Boyne City.

It’s all for a good cause: to raise funds for The Last River Draw, a life-sized bronze sculpture of a logger standing on a log pulling logs down the Boyne River.

One of the first to register was Chamber Director Jim Baumann, who boasts that he was the spelling champion of Morton Junior High School in Illinois in 1965.

He attempted to enter the “Senior Citizen/Memory Challenged Division” but was told there is no handicapping system for this contest.

He is challenging other former junior high school geeks and former newspaper writers to enter the bee.

You won’t want to miss this hilarious event.

Grab your favorite spelling partner and enter the competition or show up to cheer on (or jeer) your favorite team.

Don’t even think about sneaking in your smart phone to help you with spell check.

We will have smart phone police watching over all spellers.

If you mispell (oops! misspell) a word, you’re out of the game but not out of the fun.

A plaque with the winners’ names will be prominently displayed downtown for a year until they are unseated by next year’s winners.

Signing up is as easy.

Download the form at or pick one up at Boyne City city hall.

The library will supply our mind-boggling words and Friggy’s will have logger-inspired chicken, beef or vegetable pasties for sale.

A portion of the pasty sales will be donated to the sculpture project.

The community is hoping to receive a matching grant of $25,000 made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s initiative known as “Public Spaces, Community Places.”

The community has 60 days to raise the local match of $25,000.

An online crowdfunding campaign through went live on Feb. 8.

With just under 30 days left, nearly $15,000 has been raised and another $10,000 is needed.

“This is an all-or-nothing campaign so the entire $25,000 needs to be raised by April 9 to receive the grant.

We are geared up to finish strong during the last half of the campaign,” says fundraising chair Lindsay Regan. “The community has been amazingly supportive of the project and we are so fortunate.”

For project details or to donate, please visit: or contact or 582-9009.