The Tawas Bay Insurance Agency Team of, from left, Mike Busch, Allen Tubbs, Cliff Miller and Scott Peter helped the Tawas chamber raised more than $4,000 for the fireworks.

EAST TAWAS – The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, June 4 at Red Hawk Golf Club to support this year’s Independence Day Celebration.

“The incredible generosity of our sponsors and golfers will help us ensure a fantastic Fourth of July celebration for our entire community,” said Penny Payea, the chamber’s managing director. “Congratulations to all the winners!”

Top teams included:

• Best Score Overall, 63: Tawas Bay Insurance Agency Team –  Ryan Ladley, Jim Indreica, Jeff Coon and Matt Primm.

• Co-Ed Best Score, 65:  Jason Colvin and David Inmon, Colvin’s Heating & Cooling; Tracy Pipesh and Thomas Tripi, Medilodge of Tawas City. 

• Women Team Best Score, 78: Jasmine Tubbs, Karen Quarters, Cindy Oleyar and Katy Butzin, East Tawas Business Association


Carding a 78, the East Tawas Business Association’s team of, from left, Katy Butzin, Jasmine Tubbs, Cindy Oleyan and Karen Quarters shot the best score for women.

Payea said the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the all the Independence Day Celebration activities, including:

• Fourth of July parade: This year’s theme is “Born in the USA.” There are 5 contest categories including most original; prosperity in business; strength in community; best use of theme; and most original. Contact the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce for a parade application at or 362-8643. The parade is on Thursday, July 4th and starts at 11 a.m. on Newman Street and travels south on US-23 to Mathews Street in Tawas City.

• The Children’s Bouncy Playground in Harbor Park is back with new and more inflatables.  There is something for everyone.  The fun will begin Thursday, July 4, immediately following the parade, until 9 p.m. and will also be open Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $5 per day or $10 for all three days. All proceeds from this activity support the fireworks display. 

• The fireworks display will again be set off from a barge in Tawas Bay, positioned offshore in front of the former Chamber of Commerce office. Payea said this location gives the best vantage point for everyone to enjoy. 


Helping out at the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Classic are, from left, Mary Fitch, Shane Atwell, Blinda Baker, Mary Ann Leslie and Ida Chester.

To support this year’s celebration, donations are now being accepted at the Chamber and $5 wristbands are available at many area businesses for residents to support the annual tradition to celebrate the country’s freedom.