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What’s Happening in Northern Michigan: Rubber Ducky Festival, Art Exhibition, Photo Contest

There’s always something fun and exciting going on in Northern Michigan, whether it’s enjoying the natural beauty of our state or celebrating everything it has to offer. Courtney Sheffer with the West Michigan Tourist Association joins us with more on What’s Happening in Northern Michigan.

The Rubber Ducky Festival in Bellaire kicks off on Monday, August 13th and runs through Sunday August 19th. The festival features a whole week of events, including Bay Area Big Band, Community Paddle Event, Picnic and Car Show, a 5k Run/Walk, Kids Activities, and the Rubber Ducky Parade and Race. Rubber Ducky Festival’s biggest day is on Saturday August 18th, when 2000 yellow ducks are dumped into the Intermediate River for a quarter-mile race. You can buy a $5 race ticket that corresponds to the number on a Rubber Duck, and win prizes if your duck finishes first!

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society invites you to visit their juried art exhibition, “Memories and Art in the Making: Celebrating the Community We Share,” at the Ephraim Shay Hexagon House in Harbor Springs. The exhibition is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm through the end of September. Admission to the exhibition is free with donations appreciated. This exhibition features the stories of Harbor Springs through the work of local artists, and is open to the public.

Enjoy the beauty of West Michigan without leaving your home by voting in the West Michigan Photo Contest! We’ve narrowed it down from over 900 photos to the top 50, which are up for public voting on the West Michigan Facebook page. Check out great photos of West Michigan, get inspired for your next trip, and help your favorite win the grand prize of being featured on next year’s West Michigan Carefree Travel Guide Cover!