Port Huron Boat Month Launches Family Fun & Caps Off with Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race July 25

July 17, 2009

LANSING, Mich., July 17 /PRNewswire/ — Month long activities for the entire family are in full swing in Port Huron, one of Michigan’s popular summertime destinations. Boat Month activities include the Boats, Balloons & BBQ Festival, Port Huron Coast Guard Days, Black River Raft-Off, and the Port Huron Carnival. The Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race begins in Port Huron on July 25 with more than 250 sailboats and 2,500 crew members headed due north for the Mackinac Island finish line.

For the first time sailing fans in Michigan and around the world will be able to monitor the historic race with Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking technology available at michigan.org. GPS devices will be placed on all participating race boats. This year marks 85 consecutive years for this premier event on Lake Huron organized by Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club, founded in 1915 and known as the Midwest’s “Shrine to Nautical Culture.”

“It’s a great time to visit Port Huron,” said Travel Michigan Vice President George Zimmermann. “Everyone can celebrate summer in Michigan and get ready for one of the most exciting and prestigious fresh water sailing events in the world – the Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race.” Zimmermann will get into the action as a crew member on Eagle One, a past winner of the race.

Boat Month Activities

Now through July 19, the Boats, Balloons & BBQ Festival is featuring 12 hot air balloons and night glows, a BMX/skate stunt show, an offshore boat exhibit, a carnival and a laser light show over Lake Huron. The Taste of American food fair will feature plenty of BBQ for hearty appetites.

Port Huron Coast Guard Days, July 16-19, will give visitors an opportunity to tour open houses at the Seaway Terminal hosting the Huron Lightship, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay, a 140 foot Bay-class icebreaking tug, and the retired Cutter Bramble. More maritime displays and activities will be on deck.

July 18 is when the Black River Raft-Off launches with various types of water craft for a day of fun followed by the Coast Guard Parade of Boats in the evening. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. every Thursday in July, the Taste of Port Huron event at the Fort Street Marina on Quay Street features plenty of good food and other refreshments. The Port Huron Carnival runs July 22-25 with traditional carnival rides for kids, teens and adults. July 24 is Boat Night and visitors can walk the Port Huron waterfront and see the race sailboats and meet crew members. More activity and live entertainment is planned throughout Boat Month.

Visitors can log on at michigan.org to learn more about Port Huron Boat Month and the Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race.

The official Michigan travel information site, michigan.org, features more than 12,000 attractions, events, hotels, resorts, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses. The site highlights special travel deals for golf and other warm weather activities for all ages and interests. In 2007 and 2008, michigan.org was recognized as the most popular state tourism Web site in America.

The 2009 Michigan Travel Ideas magazine is available free of charge; go to michigan.org, or call toll-free (888) 784-7328. Michigan Travel Ideas is also available at the Michigan Welcome Centers across the state.

Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the State of Michigan‘s official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state’s tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services.

    Kirsten Borgstrom, 517-862-7714
    Jenny Schilp, 248-225-6744

SOURCE Travel Michigan

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