Caseville Pumpkin Festival Rolls In This Weekend

Caseville’s Last Festival of the Season

We can’t believe that summer is over. The weather is great but the daylight is shortening and the evenings are cool.  So its no surprise that the last festival of the year rolls into Caseville this weekend. The Caseville Pumpkin Festival  is a family oriented weekend of scarecrow making, pumpkin carving, hay rides and all kinds of contests. 

Caseville Pumpkin Festival

This weekend’s event marks the 16th year of the fall festival. Created specifically for kids and families. The big event draw is the pumpkin rolling contest at Caseville County Park. A couple of new events are being added in 2018. The streets of Caseville will be the canvas with a sidewalk art with chalk.  For added fun, there will also be wagon rides and a pumpkin eating contest. 

The festival starts on Saturday morning with a kids pumpkin parade at 9am. Check out the Caseville Chamber of Commerce site for all of the events. We will be there and hope to share the fun on Twitter @Thumbwind. 

Festival Events in the Upper Thumb


Port Austin Butterfly House and Gardens

A Nursery for Butterflies

Port Austin Butterfly House

The Butterfly House and Gardens give you a chance to see various Michigan species of butterflies up close and personal. The 30×50 netted house and surrounding gardens are beautifully landscaped and many of the plants are identified.

The butterflies are grown and collected in the late spring and raised for the summer season. They are set free to migrate south as the season changes to fall. Visitors can stroll through the inside enclosure to view the butterflies or the surrounding gardens. There are places to sit and quietly view the amazingly entertaining creatures. 

A Garden of Ideas for Your House or Cottage


If you’re a gardener, the Butterfly House and Gardens offer a chance to see which plants are suitable to draw the butterflies into your own garden or yard. In 2017, bees were purchased and the hives were visible nearby. 

Strong Community Support

Port Austin Butterfly House and Gardens

The Port Austin Lions Club adopted the effort to bring the butterfly house to the city. It was completed in 2017 as part of the Lions Club 100-year Anniversary Centennial Project.  Also chipping in with financial help and support was the Huron County Community Foundation, the Village Downtown Development Authority, United Way and the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative. 

Future Plans for Tower Park

Port Austin Butterfly House and Gardens
Port Austin’s Tower Park

The Butterfly Garden Project was completed by the local community to utilize a seldom visited park in Port Austin and transform it into a visitor destination. There are future plans for landscaped pollinator and gardens to be established and grow food in the park for donations to local charities and food banks. In 2017, senior landscape architecture students from Michigan State University presented a park and streetscaping plan for the village. The Port Austin city council will consider incorporating those ideas into a master plan for the water tower park.

The Butterfly House and Gardens are located next to the large water tower at the corner of Madison & Adams Street and offer plenty of parking. 

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