Welcome back to my blog. This week I have some fun adventures to tell you about!

12th Annual Mississippi River Festival

The 12th annual KAXE River Festival was the starting event for my week! This is a smaller festival that brings in innovative music to the area. The event takes place outside, under a large amphitheater tent, and guests are welcomed to bring coolers and lawn chairs. A family reunion vibe defines the atmosphere of the event because of the size and the intimacy. KAXE is a community radio station that is supported by hundreds of volunteers. These volunteers helped run the festival, and you could feel the sense of community while you were at show. Everyone had a great time enjoying the music, and sampling great food.

Great performances graced the stage and the weather was beautiful as well. The festival site is located on the Mississippi River, and the peaceful rushing sounds of the river in the background during the concerts added a calm to the event. I had a great time there, enjoyed my evening out in the sun while listening to the music!

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GRAHA Walleye Shootout

The next event I attended was the 3rd Annual GRAHA Walleye Shootout. I went out Saturday morning, while all the boats were registering and getting ready for a day on the lake. It was a gorgeous sight to see! The water on Pokegama Lake was calm, and the golden sunrise reflected off the water, displaying the light beautifully on the boats. Everyone was on the water, getting ready for a day of friendly competition on the  lake. I’m not much of a fisher-woman myself, but it was awesome seeing the passion in all these people as they were heading out for a day full of fishing.

Deer River BBQ & Brew Fest

The Deer River BBQ & Brew Fest was my final event for the week. This was the 7th annual, but my first time at the event, and I had such a great time! When you got your ticket there were 10 check boxes for BBQ and 10 boxes for Brew. All the booths were set up, and as you went around, you could try whatever craft beer, or BBQ you’d like. The vendors checked off a box from your ticket for each item you sampled. Then, once you tasted enough to make a decision, you could vote on your favorite booth.

I had so much fun, and got to try so many different meats and beers. Live music and other activities filled the grounds of the White Oak Rendezvous site.  It was a fun family event.  A lot of kids sampled homemade root beer and other pops the craft vendors made, while tossing bags in a bean bag competition.

Between now and my next week’s blog, there’s a lot of fun events happening! I’m attending a Coleraine City Band Summer Concert Series, Grand Rapids’ very own Crazy Dayz Sidewalk Sales, and hiking in The Lost 40! So if you’ve attended or are going to attend any of these places, tell me about them on Facebook, and make sure to check in next week on my blog to hear about my experiences!

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