City approves permits for AuSable River Festival

Planning continues for this year’s events after last year’s festival was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
The Grayling City Council – during its regular meeting on Monday, April 26 – unanimously approved multi-use permits for the AuSable River Festival, allowing organizers to continue planning for this year’s event.
The 2020 AuSable River Festival was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Planning is underway for this year’s AuSable River Festival,” said Traci Cook, Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “We will continue to update our festival website – – as details and events are firmed up and as we continue to get updates in accordance with current guidelines. Not all events are run by the Grayling Chamber, so we will also update those events as we get notice from their hosts.”
Currently, the website lists the following local events as part of this year’s planned AuSable River Festival: 10th Annual Car & Truck Show Cruise Night, 35th Annual Classic Car & Truck Show, Spike’s Challenge, Kid’s Day, HUP Race, Business Relays, 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Show, AuSable Mainstage performances, Special Olympics Challenge, Grayling Eagles Annual Steak Out Dinner, GRA 10K/5K, 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament, Tom Trenary Horseshoe Tournament, food trucks/vendors, Brew Ave, American Legion beer tent, AuSable River Festival Parade, AuSable River Canoe Marathon.
The city council approved a multi-use permit for the AuSable River Festival events from July 16 through 25 with a 4-0 vote (one member was absent) and it approved a liquor license resolution for festival events from July 22 through July 24. 
The council also approved a multi-use permit specifically for the AuSable River Festival Parade. According to Grayling Main Street, coordinator for the event, this year’s AuSable River Festival Parade will start later – it’s currently listed as 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 – and it will have a new route that ends near the area where the AuSable River Canoe Marathon begins.

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