Flywheelers festival in Walloon July 28-31

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Many old favorites and a few new options will be on the schedule at the 2016 Northern Michigan Antique-Flywheelers Club’s show to be held July 28 through 31.

The 29th annual show has the theme of “Red versus Green” and will feature a senior citizens day on July 28 for the first time.

“By discounting the entry price from $7 to $5 for senior citizens 65 and older, we hope to provide an opportunity for more attendees to enjoy some of the things they may have seen or done in their youth,” said club member and security coordinator Gary Allen.

Allen has been instrumental in bringing “Seniors’ Day” to this year’s show.

Some of the demonstrations and attractions for attendees to enjoy at this year’s show include the tractors and engines on display, a shingle mill, a grist mill, a veneer mill, a sawmill, Kiddieland for the youngsters, several museums, blacksmiths and antique automobiles.

The event also features the flea market, arts and crafts vendors and demonstrations, musical entertainment, and a variety of delicious foods.

“We have a great group of dedicated members who work on projects all year round to improve the offerings for every show,” Colleen Thorne, club secretary stated. “The show is the primary way the club raises money to maintain and expand our educational facilities to share with the public, including the fourth graders from the area during the Student Harvest Days in September.”

The NMAF Club is an educational nonprofit organization that uses demonstrations and displays to showcase “Life in the Past Lane” and present many aspects of daily life in rural northern Michigan in the early part of the last century.

The club is an all-volunteer group that invites the public to learn about and relive the past at its annual show in July.

It also hosts hundreds of area fourth graders over a four day period in September for Student Harvest Days.

The showgrounds are located on US-131 between Boyne Falls and Walloon Lake.

Information on the organization and event can be found at, on Facebook as Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers Club, or by calling President Tim Howard at 989-705-7663.

Here’s the entertainment lineup for the Flywheelers Show
Pavilion Main Music Stage

Thursday, July 28
Open Microphone – All day and evening
Jam Session and dancing in the evening

Friday, July 29
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Ellsworth Trio” – Virginia Rubingh
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Goddard & Friends “Country Travelers”
1:30 p.m. – Dobros & “Country Travelers”
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Parade of Power
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Don Rivers
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. To Be Announced
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. “Horton Creek”

Saturday, July 30
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. “Rusted Spurs”
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Ocqueoc River Boys”
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Parade of Power
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Kelly Shively and Norm Hausler
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ernie Mindel and Friends
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. John Neiswander – “Steel and Wood”

Sunday, July 31
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Church Service and Gospel Music
Judy Slocum, Andy Miller, Dale and Sandy Rhea
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Judy Slocum and her Students

Upper Music Stage
Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30
Open Microphone – All day and evening with Vern and Jill Kassuba officiating