Plenty of local events in store over the weekend

ESCANABA — Many different special events will be taking place in the area this weekend.

Escanaba’s seventh annual flyball tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Miracle of Life building on the U.P. State Fairgrounds. Flyball is an intense hurdle relay race for dogs, and teams consisting of at least four dogs and four humans will travel from across North America for the competition.

The Waterfront Art Festival is set to return to Escanaba today. The festival will be held in Ludington Park by the Karas Bandshell from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 50 vendors will be present at this year’s Waterfront Art Festival; photographs, paintings, jewelry, fiber art, sculptures, pottery, soaps, turned wood and more will be available at the event.

The second annual Golf Ball Drop will be held at 7 p.m. today by the Escanaba Municipal Dock, part of Escanaba’s Rock the Dock event. Six hundred golf ball tickets are being sold for $25 each. The golf balls, which are numbered to match tickets purchased for the fundraiser, will be hoisted high in the air above a bulls-eye and released. The spot where each ball lands determines what prize the corresponding ticketholder will win.

The Golf Ball Drop will take place during Escanaba’s Rock the Dock event. Other Rock the Dock activities will include a fishing pond, a bounce house, a magic show, a petting zoo and live music from the Jam Band.

Armageddon on Wheels will return to the U.P. State Fairgrounds with its unique flavor of motorsports action tonight. Racers from all over will compete on the figure-eight race track in this annual event, with races including a figure-eight bus race, gauntlet race, bump ‘n’ run, dueling tough trucks and more.

On Sunday, the ninth annual Daily Press Children’s Back-to-School and Health Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ruth Butler Building on the U.P. State Fairgrounds. The free event will feature a variety of booths and activities.