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Ann Fuge

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District 6220 Exec. Asst.

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Houghton Rotary's U.P. Summer Fest

Celebrating U.P. Craft Beer, Bands, and Brats

June 30th and July 1st, Dee Stadium Houghton


Houghton Rotary is launching a new fundraiser this year, the U.P. Summer Fest, June 30th and July 1st celebrating U.P. Craft Beer, Brats and Bands as the main event, ice level at the Dee! This is the inaugural year of U.P. Summer Fest replacing Seafood Fest.

It’s a Music Fest!

The U.P. Summer Fest features music with roots in the Upper Peninsula. Headliner Hannah Bethel, Country Soulful Singer and Songwriter from Houghton. Hannah’s bringing her band, based in Nashville, up north for our event! Outlaw’d, an “Outlaw” Country Classics and Modern Country Hits mixed with some Southern Rock. Night Screamer, plays mostly 80’s Fist-Pumpers, songs like: Paradise City, Don’t Stop Believing, Nothing but a Good Time, etc. All sorts of “unplugged” favorites from artists such as Pink Floyd to John Mayer performed by Uncle Floyd and classic rock from Soundwaves.

It’s a Beer Fest!

U.P. Summer Fest highlights the most popular craft beer from three top breweries in the Upper Peninsula: Keweenaw Brewing Co., Upper Hand and Blackrocks.

General Admission – Main Event

Both options include $8 of tokens to spend on Craft Beer, Wine Brats, or Hot Dogs! 

$15 – 1 day OR $20 – 2 days


A vintage snowmobile (sled) was placed on the frozen Houghton Canal in early February as part of the “Sink the Sled” Contest sponsored by the Houghton Rotary Club. Tickets will be sold throughout the rest of winter until April 15th for $5 per guess (or 3 guesses for $10) for the opportunity to predict when the sled will fall through the ice.  (See photos attached)

The winning ticket will be worth $1,000 or 50% of the net sales, whichever is greater. The remaining proceeds will support the Houghton Rotary’s scholarship program and other community activities.

To purchase tickets on-line, view a live webcam and for more information go to SinkTheSled.com. You may also find ticket entry buckets at local establishments or contact a Houghton Rotarian.

Thanks for your support!

Ellie Freeman, Past President

The Wakefield

Bessemer Rotary is sponsoring a fund raiser to see when the tire will fall into Sunday Lake in Wakefield, Michigan (see attached photo).  Tickets are on sale now for $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.  To purchase, you may contact Rob Sharon by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 906-229-5351.

Rob Sharon

Rotary Peace Centers

Dear Rotarian,

The 2018 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available! Our new online application will streamline the submission and review process and help districts manage the increasing number of Rotary Peace Fellowship applications.