2014-03-13 / News

Mackinaw City Plans New Roller Derby in April and Hearse Cruise Memorial Day Weekend

Two new events and a series of old favorites will be coming to Mackinaw City this summer. The Mackinaw City Village Council approved seven special event applications at its meeting Thursday night, March 6, including two for the new Cheboygan Roller Derby “Spring BreakHer Out” Tournament and the Northern Michigan Hearse Cruise.

The roller derby tournament will be at the Mackinaw City Recreation Complex Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13. Its organizers will pay the village $600 to rent the arena for the event and they expect to draw 150 spectators. Between 60 and 100 girls from the ages of 8 to 17 will compete. Recreation director Dave Paquet said it would not conflict with any use of the center’s ice rinks because the village will begin the process of removing the ice Monday, March 17.

The hearse cruise will be a new addition to the city’s Memorial Day weekend activities Saturday, May 24. The event will feature a display of the cars and a parade across the Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace as part of a larger statewide cruise. The event will feature a display of 10 to 20 hearses in the village, with several customized. It will be a family-friendly event.

The crowded Memorial Day weekend lineup led the event’s organizers to move the show further back after the parade, so it will be from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Since parking is at a premium during that time, the organizers decided they do not need a set area to put all the cars next to one another but they will seek out a deal with an area business if possible to use one of their lots for display. The cruise will end in St. Ignace later in the day.

The new events were approved alongside a series of returning favorites. The others included the September 5 Owosso Tractor Parts’ Antique Tractor Parade and Show, the May 3 Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce’s Magical Color 5K Fun Run, the Mackinaw Trail Riders

Association’s May 30 horseback ride, and the Mackinaw City Woman’s Club’s 45th Annual Antique Show and Sale August 5. The previously approved Mackinaw Mustang Stampede Golden Anniversary car show, scheduled for July 19, also received permission to add a parade over the Mackinac Bridge to the event.

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