Sixth annual Frederic Music Festival on tap for next weekend
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
The Frederic Music Festival will be held at a new venue this year with the same goal of providing top notch local entertainment and to raise funds for parks and recreation facilities.
The six annual Frederic Music Festival will be held on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, in Eagle Park.
The park, located adjacent to the former Frederic Elementary School, which now houses the Frederic Community Center, was recently named.
“It’s now officially christened as Eagle Park,” said Bob Pollack, a member of Frederic Township Parks and Recreation committee and a member of a subcommittee formed to plan and organize the Frederic Music Festival. “There is a lot more room there, and with the grant we’ve applied for, we’re hoping to do a pavilion next year of some type, and to have outdoor bathrooms with plumbing.”
The park was named to recognize the Eagle mascot, which was used to promote the Frederic community.
“It’s all done to honor that Frederic eagle,” Pollack said.
The festival has been held on the last full weekend in June. It will be held this year in hopes of having a stand-alone event, which won’t conflict with Father’s Day plans, Fourth of July activities and other events being held in the region.
Eleven acts will perform throughout the festival.
On Friday, entertainment and activities will be offered from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Roswell will kick off the festival from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Rachel Brooke will follow, performing from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Popular Grayling area act Oh Brother Big Sister will take the stage from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Limelight will follow with their show from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Finally, The Weekend Warriors Band will cap off the day with a performance from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
A pancake breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday.
A craft show and flea market will be held on both Friday and Saturday.
A presentation of the colors and a performance of the National Anthem by Ellen Thompson will take place at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday.
“We’re losing that in our world today, and we’re trying to bring that back,” Pollack said.
The bill of performers on Saturday will start with A Brighter Bloom playing from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Bob Mowery will perform from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Vendetta Ride will play from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Junkyard Revival will take the stage between 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Offbeat Band will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. And Bootleg will wrap up the festival from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
The festival is free for the public to attend. Funds to enhance parks and recreation for youth in the community come from donations, T-shirt sales, food vendor sales, raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets. Items donated by area businesses, who also serve a festival sponsors, are raffled off every half hour.
The festival will help kick off the official start of summer.
“That’s why are we so proud to do it,” Pollack said. “Everybody gets together and has an awesome weekend. There’s constant music and there’s always something going on.”
A magician and a clown will be at the festival to interact and entertain the youth.
“It’s a family event, so there are things for the kids to do to keep them busy, so the adults and parents can enjoy themselves as well,” Pollack said.