Caseville Shanty Days
The middle of winter is celebrated and imbibed in the cold of February off the shores of the frozen Saginaw Bay. Caseville’s annual Shanty Days Festival kicks off February 14-15, 2020 here in the Upper Thumb.
This years Shanty days festivities start on Valentines Day, Friday February 14th, 2020 with entertainment at several establishments in town.
The event first started in 1992 as a snowmobile and motorcycle ice race south of Caseville on Mud Creek. The event was moved to town as a result of increasingly inconsistent ice and snow conditions.
A great start to Shanty Days is lunch on Friday afternoon at the Caseville Eagles Club located behind the Caseville True Value Hardware. A $5 button is required to participate and get into many of the events. (Such as the Beer Tent)
Below are some of the highlights and events for Caseville Shanty Days festivals of the past.
Coldest Shanty Days Ever 2015
Caseville Shanty Days were officially postponed in 2015 due to bone-chilling temperatures in the sub-zero range. These bottom-dwelling temperatures coupled with high winds and drifting snow it made for miserable outdoor conditions. The theme of the festival was Let’s Get Flakey, one of the best slogans in festival history.
Sunny Shanty Days of 2017
Events in 2017 were met with bright sunny weather all weekend long at the Saginaw Bay Marina and the Caseville County Park including the popular Polar Bear dip cut from a hole in the ice at the marina. Other chilly action, include broomball, chick-on-a-stick, chess tournament, and arts and crafts at a local business in town. This was the silver anniversary of the festival with 25 years of chilling on the ice.
Light snow forced event organizers to bring snow into the marina for sled bowling and other snow-based events. Broomball and the famous polar bear dip went on to a chilly conclusion. The ice on the bay was thick enough for fishermen to compete in the annual ice fishing contest. Caseville Shanty Days 2018 – Winter Fun in the Upper Thumb
The 27th edition of Shanty Days in 2019 offered mid-winter fun on the ice. However with changing weather more events moved up on land. New events included the Snow Potato Race, Snow Shopping, Ski-Group-Di-Doup (a ski relay race) and Polar Bear Pong. It’s the largest winter carnival in the Upper Thumb.
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