By: Nicki Polan, Executive Director for the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA)
The 4th annual Boating and Outdoor Festival has once again returned to Lake St. Clair for a fantastic fun-filled weekend. Boating aficionados and outdoor enthusiasts will be venturing in from all corners of the state to check out hundreds of new and used boats both in water and on land, including sailboats, fishing boats, cruisers, ski boats, pontoons, and personal watercraft. Not only are boats included, but vendors will be showing off their kite boards, kayaks, pool and boat decks, nautical inspired art, and more! If interested in purchasing, it is very likely you could snag a terrific end of the season deal on some of the outstanding boats and products. If not, simply browsing and taking in the beautiful vistas of Macomb’s Lake St. Clair can be fun for the whole family.
The scenery and vendors will not be the only attractions keeping the family busy. There are several activities throughout the weekend that are sure to be entertaining. Kids can learn more about Macomb’s unique ecosystems by exploring the Mobile Metropark. This large studio features hands-on exhibits and demonstrations that will be both educational and fun. The kids will certainly enjoy trying out scuba in a heated pool, minnow racing, bounce houses, face painting, RC boats, waterwalkerz, and a chance to meet a real live mermaid! Also, be sure to catch a glimpse of the Angler’s Dream Bass Tournament of Champions. Professional Anglers will be fishing for the prize bass of Lake St. Clair with a final weigh-in on Saturday afternoon. This tournament will put Macomb’s pristine waters in the spotlight as it will be televised nationally! All of these activities will be complemented with live music and an upbeat atmosphere!
The festival will also feature one of the most prominent youth-led movements in the country. Outdoor Nation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping the “millennial” generation reconnect with the outdoors. This relatively new initiative is committed to breaking down barriers to the outdoors. If there are any young activists in the family, they can get directly involved with these issues by attending their day-long summit on Saturday. During the summit, participants will identify top outdoor issues, brainstorm solutions to help get other young people outdoors, and gather resources for action. It’s not too late to sign up at www.boatingandoutdoorfest.com. Macomb is proud of its young change agents!
Tickets for the festival are $10 for adults and $8 if purchased online. Kids 12 and under are free. The dates and hours are Sept 19 – 22: Thursday & Friday from noon to 7:30 PM, Saturday from 11AM to 7:30 PM, and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM. We hope to see you out there enjoying Lake St. Clair!
About the Author: Nicki Polan is the executive director for the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), producers of the Boating & Outdoor Festival. MBIA is also the sister organization to the Boater’s Association of Michigan (BAM). Together these two groups serve as the voice of Michigan’s $7.4 billion boating industry.