ESCANABA - The 5th annual Cabin Fever Party will be held this Friday at the Danforth Place, according to organizers. The event raises money for three veterans' groups.
Erik Vandervest, general manager of Vandervest Harley-Davidson, said the event will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the Danforth Place. Cabin Fever is a joint venture between UPcars.com and Vandervest Harley-Davidson.
The event will feature the unveiling of a 3-D model of Vandervest's new Green Bay store, which will open sometime this spring or summer, according to Vandervest.
"We always bring a couple bikes, so we'll be unveiling some new 2012 Harley-Davidson models as well," he said.
For the $10 admission price, attendees will receive five tokens for beer and wine samples, as well as pizza and snack samples courtesy of D & M Subs, Dobber's Pasties, and Oven King Pizza. The classic rock band Resolution will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.
In addition, there will be a silent auction held for items including a weekend stay at the Four Seasons Resort in Pembine, a Heritage Limousine certificate, a gold pendent from Darmogray Jewelers, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle rental, among others.
A fashion show featuring former Ms. Michigan Crystal Hayes will also take place, and participants will receive a free keepsake photo of themselves posing on one of the Harley-Davidson bikes, compliments of Lee's Studio.
Free rides back to Escanaba will be provided from JN Taxi. Additional sponsors of the event include Best Western Pioneer Inn and Pike Distributors.
The event will feature emcee Bobby LaMarche and special guest John Maino, from WIXX.
Vandervest noted there will also be some free t-shirts and giveaways. The door prize is a weekend rental of a new Harley-Davidson, a two-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort, and $100 gas card.
Funds raised from the event will go toward the U.P. Honor Flight, the Vets Corner, and Desert Veterans of Wisconsin.
According to Todd Beauchamp, from UPcars.com, each year money raised from the event goes toward different groups or organizations.
"Last year we had the Youth Assistance Program, and we also had Bay Cliff and Big Brothers Big Sisters," noted Beauchamp, saying about $4,000 total was donated to these organizations.
He said the number of those attending the event always varies, but they are hoping for another successful event again this year.
"This year we anticipate a crowd of about 350 people," said Beauchamp.
Both Vandervest and Beauchamp expressed their thanks to those supporting the event.
"There's so many businesses that support this and create a fun event," said Beauchamp. "We're just fortunate enough to be in a community with so much business support."
Tickets to the event can be purchased for $10 at Decker Koepp Auto Sales and Ernie's Irish Pub, or are available for $12 at the door.