September 26, 2017

Two-day ‘party in the street’ coming to Mio

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MIO –– The fourth annual OC Riverfest will return to Mio Aug. 25-26 with more vendors, events, shows and activities than in previous years.

Chairman Mike Smith said he is hoping for 5,000 to attend this year, weather permitting.

“This year we’re moving up,” he said. “We have a carnival this year. Last year it was all inflatables and this year we’ll actually have rides.”

Smith said another fun addition is the iGame trailer, which is a 32-foot trailer with TVs, gaming systems and games for each system, which are all linked together with the ability for up to 16 players to play at once.

“We also have a microbrewery demonstration,” Smith said. “A guy comes in and demonstrates how to microbrew your own beer and stuff like that, and that’s provided by the Oscoda County Library. And of course we have our usual (Veterans of Foreign Wars) pig roast to kick it off, and we have a tent this year. So we’re not in the big red barn, we’re in a tent, which will be right on Ninth Street, so we’re partying right in the street.”

Smith said one of the most unique additions to the OC Riverfest this year will be the musical lineup.

“One of the really cool things we’ll have is the Jimmy Buffett tribute band on the south stage,” he said. “He looks like him and sounds like him. They’re out of Pennsylvania, and they’re an incredible band. On our north stage, one of the founding members of Sawyer Brown will be playing in our beer tent. He was the lead guitar player for Sawyer Brown along with Nashville recording artist Melissa Lee will also be performing, and she’s a newly signed artist. We got her right before that and she came as a package deal with Bobby Randall.”

Similar to last year’s OC Riverfest will be the Cruise Night and Thunder on the River Car Show. Cruise Night registration will take place Friday from 5-5:30 p.m. and the cruise will begin at 6:15 p.m. The Oscoda County Park parade will begin at 7 p.m., where Best of Cruise will be awarded.

The Thunder on the River Car Show registration is from 8-11:30 a.m Saturday. Each car entered into the show will cost $25 to register and three cars will be awarded with Best of Show, which is voted on by independent judges. Votes will also be taken for the top 40 cars, less or more depending on how many are registered. Door prizes and 50-50 raffles will go on throughout the day and a cash drawing and awards will be announced at the award ceremony afterward. All funds raised from the show will go toward a local scholarship.

Like last year, the volleyball tournament will take place Saturday beginning with registration from 10-11 a.m. It will cost $25 per team to play. Game play will begin at noon and is expected to go no later than 5 p.m. Each team will have a limit of eight players and the team roster must be signed by each player before they can participate. All players younger than 18 will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate. Games must be coed, with at least two male and two female players on the court at all times, and officiating will be done by volleyball teams on the court.

An “Arm & Hammered” partner fitness challenge will take place on Ninth Street by the beer tent Saturday, with registration at 6 p.m. and the event starting at 7 p.m. It is a two-person outdoor fitness challenge in which all individuals of all fitness levels are welcome to compete. A chip timing device will be used to accurately record times for the six divisions. Each division will have a first-place winner, and an overall winner will receive a grand prize. Preregistration before Aug. 20 will cost $20 per team, and registration after Aug. 20 will cost $25 per team. Registration will be available the day of.

Riverfest will have a beer tent available both days, which includes a $5 cover charge, and attendees must be 21 to enter.

Other events will include children’s theater, a magician, face-painting, raffles, water slides, the First Dam Canoe Challenge at the Mio Dam and an afterparty at the Mio Saloon.

“I think people can expect a great time,” Smith said. “You’d be surprised at what this little town will have to offer.”

For more information on OC Riverfest, visit the website at ocriverfest.com or contact Smith at 989-313-1088.

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