NATIONAL CITY – It has been more than five decades since the inaugural Sand Lake Summer Family Festival, and there are numerous activities both indoors and outdoors to ring in the 53rd rendition this weekend.

Sponsored by the Sand Lake Heights Men’s Association, the festival is slated for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9-11. It will again be hosted on the men’s association property, located at 4059 Indian Lake Rd. in National City, and inflatable bounce houses for the younger crowd will be set up on the grounds for the duration of the weekend.

For the first day of the celebration on Friday, a meal in recognition of Retiree’s Day will be sponsored by the Iosco County Commission on Aging.

Attendees may enjoy the spread at a cost of $3 per person, beginning at 11:30 a.m. It is asked that reservations be made before 9 a.m. Thursday (tomorrow), by calling 469-9361.

Happy hour in the beer tent will go on from noon to 4 p.m., with drinks costing $1.50 each at that time.

The tent will remain open until 1 a.m., and only those 21 and older will be admitted in this area during the festival. A $2 button is also required for entry into the beer tent, which is good for all three days.

A euchre tournament is planned for 1 p.m., and more information is available by calling Ray Carson at 469-8009.

Gibson-Seal and the Heart & Soul Band will be providing live musical entertainment for the crowd, from 2-6 p.m., followed by a performance from the band FlipSide, from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.

As the music and dancing gets underway, attendees can also partake in the Big Wheel & Pull Tabs event from 4 p.m. until midnight, indoor bingo at 6 p.m. and family bingo for those of all ages, also starting at 6 p.m.

The Sand Lake Summer Family Festival is the place to be on Saturday, Aug. 10, as this is when most of the activities are held during the annual affair.

A parade – featuring floats, cars, decorated golf carts and more – will begin at 10 a.m. from Eagle Park, and conclude at the festival grounds.

Those participating in the procession are asked to line up at 9 a.m., and further inquiries can be directed to Ed Fisher at 218-1307.

The family midway, complete with games for all ages and loads of prizes under the big top, will be available from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Also starting at noon will be registration for the bean bag tournament, with the contest set to kick off at 1 p.m. For additional details, contact Ron Quinkert at 734-292-7674.

Noon activities on day two of the festival will also include walk-in bingo until 8 p.m., the opening of the beer tent until 1 a.m., arts and crafts until dusk and the selling of the Firemen’s Famous Hamburgers.

The name pretty much says it all, and festival goers flock to the large grill year after year to enjoy the burgers, prepared by members of the Grant Township Fire Department.

Gibson-Seal and the Heart & Soul Band is set to take the stage once again on Saturday, from 2-6 p.m., during which the Big Wheel & Pull Tabs will start at 4 p.m., and go on until midnight.

From 8 p.m. until 1 a.m., attendees are encouraged to dance and mingle in the beer tent, with music being provided by FlipSide.

To wrap up the full weekend of fun, festivities on Sunday will begin with a buffet breakfast from 8-11 a.m., during which arts and crafts will start back up at 10 a.m.

A majority of the events will then commence at noon, including Big Wheel & Pull Tabs until 4 p.m., walk-in bingo until 4 p.m. and the opening of the beer tent, which will be available until 6 p.m.

Concessions will be sold while supplies last, as will the Firemen’s Famous Hamburgers, both starting at noon.

Following this, a horseshoe tournament has been slated for 1 p.m.

Entertainment by Gibson-Seal and the Heart & Soul Band is scheduled from 1-5 p.m., with drawings for prizes closing out the evening at 5 p.m.

For further information about the 2019 Sand Lake Summer Family Festival, visit www.sandlakeheightsmi.com. Questions can also be directed to festival chairpersons Jeff Strauer, at 254-7061, or Ray Titus at 586-420-3885.