Labor Day Weekend events around Boyne

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In true Boyne Country fashion, the summer will go out with a big, fun-filled bang.

Whether you’re interested in the power and thrills of hotrods and drag races, or the athletic competition of a triathlon, the little bridge walk, a pig roast, stroll the streets and more, there is plenty for the whole family to do this Labor Day Weekend!

Music, fun and great times fill the streets of downtown Boyne City as Stroll the Streets continues from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday Sept. 2, for the final Stroll of the Summer.
Entertainment will include:
Craig Cottrill Band, Frontiersmen, Kowalske Family Band, Matt Gabriel, Northern Nites, T N T, Sweet Lou Thumser, Robin Lee Berry, Billy P Project, PLUS a classic car show on the streets, a Cornhole Tournament at Boyne City Taproom, Twister Joe, Twisted Style Free Running, and free horse-drawn carriage rides.

The annual Boyne City Labor Day Weekend Drag Races will be held Sunday Sept. 4.
Side-by-side, eighth-mile drag races will be from 12 noon-5 p.m. at the airport, 1048 East 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.
Prizes are awarded for Fastest Response Time, Fastest Run Time, and Farthest Distance Traveled.
For information and registration forms visit
Volunteer help is welcome.
E-mail Boyne City Manager Michael Cain at, or call (231) 582-6597 if you would like to help.

Boyne Triathlon fights brain disease
When you compete in the Boyne City Triathlon, you are joining the race to fight brain disease. The fourth annual event starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, 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 and they will also be eligible for great prizes.
Athletes receive a post-race lunch from one of three local food trucks.
We encourage everyone to come cheer on the athletes and you can purchase a meal from your favorite 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.
To find more information and register, visit

Meet 4-time Olympian Triathlete Hunter Kemper at the BC Triathlon
This year athletes and spectators will have a chance to meet Hunter Kemper, four-time US Olympic Triathlete.
He is the only Triathlete to have competed in four different Olympic Games, from Sydney in 2000 to London in 2012.
In Boyne City, he will be teaching a Triathlon Class and Q&A Saturday afternoon, then he will be the featured speaker during a pasta dinner under the big tent in Peninsula Beach Park Saturday night.
PASTA DINNER tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children under 12, free for children under 5, and $150 for a reserved table of 8.
On Sunday, Hunter will be cheering on the athletes, then greeting them at the Finish Line.

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. 2.
The next day, Sept. 3 is the Saturday Car Show with oldies music all day in Veterans Park on the lakefront. Thick ‘N’ Juicy will be serving lunch at the Car Show.
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.
For more information call Contact Ken Visser,, phone 582-7649, or Syrina Dawson,, phone 582-2492.

On Monday, Sept. 5, 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 from The Knapps and tables with crafts and homemade goodies for sale beginning at 4 p.m.
Anyone interested in booth space for crafters may call Suzie at (231) 347-4679.
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.

The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society (CCHPS) at Raven Hill Discovery Center will present a program titled “The Villages of Boyne” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Boyne District Library Community Room, 201 E. Main St.
This new program, compiled and presented by local historian and retired history educator Bob Morgridge, details the history of the very early days of Boyne City when there were four separate and distinct villages, which all now comprise the City of Boyne City.
Please plan to join us and learn how Boyne City actually became Boyne City.
This program is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Georganna at 231-883-9867.