2017-07-12 / News

Marlette goes to the dogs this week

Dog Days festival starts Thursday
BY CINDY CENTOFANTI

MARLETTE – Festival season is in full swing!

Marlette’s Dog Days of Summer Festival kicks off Thurs., July 13 and doesn’t stop until Sun., July 16. There are activities spread throughout the weekend that will appeal to every family member.

President of Marlette Chamber of Commerce John Scott offered some history as to how the festival was ‘dogged’ the days of summer.

“In 2012 was the 150th anniversary of Marlette’s annual festival and we overshot the budget by quite a bit so we decided to skip the festival for the following year,” Scott said. “We didn’t want to completely stop but we needed to get a new team together to brainstorm for future years.”

Scott said the team was assembled and “younger blood” was recruited.

They decided a new name would be in order to redefine the festival.

“We played around with a lot of names, but it wasn’t until ‘Dog Days of Summer’ was mentioned when it finally rung a bell,” said Scott.

They knew that a mascot would be in order to complete the process of renaming the festival – thus, the dancing dog which will be making an appearance again this year.

Scott shifted the focus and mentioned how the Dog Days of Summer would not be possible without the major sponsorship from the City of Marlette and a local factory, Grupo Antolin.

“It takes roughly $12,000 to $13,000 to make it all happen,” Scott said.

However, though it is a costly event, organizers have worked hard to ensure that it is cost effective for everyone to have access to the events.

“The fireworks are hands down on of the best features for sure,” Scott said. “There is nothing in the world like the parade.”

Scott said, “The main focus is to bring people to Marlette and ensure they have fun at a low cost.”

Thursday the festival will start at 8 a.m. with the community garage sales that will go until dusk. Following there will be carnival rides in the Marlette Community Park until 9 p.m. which are priced at $1. There will be a chance to relax on the grass with the Dog Days Picnic and Concert on the Lawn which start at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

On Friday, the garage sales and carnival rides continue. There’s free swimming and splash pad at the park from 1-5 p.m., face painting, library book sale, spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the cross country team, Wizard of Oz play, Home Run Derby and more.

If everyone hasn’t had their fill of fun, a pancake breakfast will start the day off Saturday morning 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Marlette Masonic Lodge. Make sure to bring the little ones, kids under five eat free! The annual 5K race is also Saturday morning, along with the annual softball game. Later, there’s a hay bale toss, fire hose dunk tank, classic car show, a hot dog eating contest, an ice cream eating contest, free swim from 2-7 p.m., Wizard of Oz play– and much more!

Scott’s favorite part of the weekend long festival, the Grand Parade, is Saturday at 11 a.m. on Main Street.

Later in the day to wind down, will be the grand finale, the fireworks at dusk.

Sunday’s activities include co-ed mud volleyball, community worship service and Wizard of Oz,

Whatever activity, it is bound to be a wonderful time for all who attend!

For a complete list of activities, see the Dog Days Festival ad in today’s paper.

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