Marina Fest returns

Daily Press photo Sean Sullivan, 6, of Escanaba, participates in the "Raingutter Regatta" at a past Marina Fest.

ESCANABA — The sixth annual Marina Fest will bring a variety of musicians to the Escanaba Yacht Harbor Saturday, July 28.

Music starts at 11 a.m. with an open mic. Anyone interested in performing should see Escanaba Harbormaster Larry Gravatt that morning.

At 1 p.m. the 34 Sparrows, an alternative folk rock band will take the stage. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. a local band, the Phil Lynch Quartet, will play jazz. Journeymen will entertain with bluegrass from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. ToHuBoHu will take the stage providing their Americana music until 8:30 p.m. To finish off the night, Guitar Slim from El Paso, Texas, will play the blues from 8:45 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Events at this year’s Marina Fest, include a sailboat race, bean bag tournament, R/C sailboat demonstration and a kids’ “Raingutter Regatta.”

The sailboat race will take place at the harbor in the lagoon at 3 p.m. All sailboats participating are of 18-feet length or smaller.

Daily Press photo Dave Hardin Band, from Grand Rapids, performs for the afternoon crowd at a past Marina Fest.

The bean bag tournament will be played near the stage area. Sign up for the tournament begins at 1 p.m. with the tournament starting at 2 p.m.

The remote control sailboat demonstration will take place in the marina at 5 p.m.

The Raingutter Regatta is a racing activity using unpowered miniature boats. The path for the boats consists of two rain gutters used as filled with water and used as tracks for the small boats. Each challenger blows wind into the boat’s sail to push the boat to the end of the gutter as quickly as possible. Boats will be provided, and the event will run through the day.

Food will be available for purchase from Bobaloon’s, DeBacker Family Dairy and Wildman’s Munchie Mobile.

“The main focus at the Marina Fest is the music and it’s a great way to get the public to the marina. They should know it’s just as much theirs as the boaters,” Gravatt said.

The event will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public.

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