HarborFest brings music, family fun to Mattson Park


MARQUETTE — Marquette West Rotary’s HarborFest will be bringing fantastic music and great family fun to Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette Friday and Saturday.

“Friday night we have Bumpus and a great set of local bands,” said Amanda Filizetti, Marquette Rotary West’s president-elect. “Bumpus is a wonderful band with a great local following. It’s always a good time when they play. They’re returning to HarborFest from last year.”

Bumpus hits the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, preceded by Strung Together at 4:45 p.m. and The Wayouts at 6:45 p.m.

“Then Saturday we have Live Bullet Detroit as the headliner,” Filizetti said. “They’re a Bob Seger tribute band and they’re a lot of fun. People are going to love them.

“Our local bands this weekend include Strung Together and Iron Daisy,” she said. “Those are bands that already have a great local following. We’re excited about the musical lineup this year.”

Live Bullet Detroit

Saturday’s music begins with Gerry and Allison Brown at 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday Jones at 2:30 p.m.; The Pit Crew at 4:30; and Iron Daisy at 6:30 p.m. Headliner Live Bullet Detroit will play from 9-11 p.m. Saturday.

“There’s a lot of other things going on for the weekend, for the whole family,” Filizetti said.

Activities and events include:

≤ Fall Fishing Tournament

The Fall Fishing Tournament hosted by the South Shore Fishing Association starts at 6 a.m. Saturday. There will be a live catch-and-release from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fish weigh-in is at 2:30 p.m. when the awards ceremony will begin.

Iron Daisy

More information can be found on the South Shore Fishing Association’s Facebook event page.

≤ Family fun

There will be five bounce houses for the little ones to enjoy as well as a variety of other kids’ activities provided by Double Trouble Entertainment from 5-9 p.m. Friday and from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Double Trouble also will host a Corn Hole Tournament in their tent. It’s a double-elimination tourney with cash prizes for first- and second-place teams. Registration ends at 1 p.m. Saturday and it’s $30 per team.

≤ Car Show

Strung Together

A classic car and motorcycle show is part of HarborFest. It will feature free public viewing between the park playground and the tents from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

≤ The Upper Peninsula Luge Club

Luge demonstrations — and the chance for the public to try the 40-foot slide — will be going on from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Food and drink will be available throughout HarborFest from food trucks and a tent set up in the park selling craft beers, wine and hard cider.

HarborFest is Marquette West Rotary’s major fundraiser. According to its website (marquettewestrotary.org), the club has raised more than $35,000 in the past three years with the event.

Tuesday Jones

This money is granted back to the community.

There is no admission charge for HarborFest. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, but no carry-ins will be permitted.