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Gladstone gears up for weekend

June 13, 2012
By Ilsa Matthes - staff writer ( , Daily Press

GLADSTONE - This weekend Gladstone will be abuzz with activity and music. The weekend will start Friday night with the opening of the Rockin' the Bay Music Festival and will continue into Saturday with Gladstone Crazy Daze, the city-wide rummage sale and the Gladstone Summer Show & Shine Car Show.

The 4th Annual Rockin' the Bay Music Festival, hosted by the Gladstone Yacht Club, will kick off the weekend Friday night. Music will start Friday at 5 p.m. and the festival will continue Saturday at 2 p.m.

"We are excited to have a great lineup for the fourth annual Rockin' The Bay Music Festival," said Craig Johnson, festival organizer, in a press release. "We are lucky to have some of the region's premier bands coming to Gladstone to perform."

Tickets are $10 for one night or $15 for both, and are available are the Gladstone Yacht Club, The Record Rack in Escanaba and Jim's Music in Escanaba.

"The event is a fundraiser for the high school and youth wrestling program in Gladstone," Johnson said. "The support is greatly appreciated by the young athletes. We hope you can come out and enjoy the great music, food and drinks on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. It's all for a great cause and it should be an awesome weekend."

The event will take place rain or shine, and festival attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. No pets or carry-ins will be permitted. Food and drink will be available on site.

Official Crazy Daze activities will begin Saturday. "Crazy Daze is our version of sidewalk sales," said Nicole Sanderson, parks and recreation director.

Delta Avenue will be filled with vendors, featuring arts and crafts, special interest and political groups, local merchants, and a kid's zone. The kid's zone will have ice cream, snow cones and inflatables from Abracadabra. Crazy Daze activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting at 9:30 a.m., Delta Avenue will be closed from 6th to 9th Street and from 9th to 11th Street to accommodate the Crazy Daze activities. Both 9th and 10th streets will remain open throughout the day, and all streets will reopen at 5:30 p.m.

Other streets in the city may be busy as well, because Saturday is also the Gladstone city-wide rummage sale.

"You have your people coming down for the car show, you have your people coming down for the kids events, and you have your people coming down for your bargains," said Sanderson.

The 2nd Annual Gladstone Summer Show & Shine Car Show will be held in conjunction with Crazy Daze and will also take place on Delta Avenue. Visitors will be allowed to walk around freely and view the cars at no charge. Last year the show saw about 5,000 visitors and hosted 97 cars.

"The reason we run it is to promote Gladstone," said coordinator Steve Viau. "Maybe someone will stop and say, 'we should open a business here,' or someone will come in a day early and stay in a hotel."

The show is funded by donations from the local community. "We go out and find out what people want, what businesses want; people want to be associated with it," said Viau.

Vehicle registration is free and will be held 8-10 a.m. on Saturday. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the best cars in each class. The show will run until 4 p.m. with trophy presentations at 3 p.m.

For more information about the Crazy Daze, contact the Gladstone Recreation Department at 428-9222. Information about the Rockin' the Bay Music Festival can be found by visiting



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