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Best of the Upper Thumb

For well over five decades the Upper Thumb has been deemed the “Closer Up North” for the Southeast Michigan and Detroit area.  Sandy beaches, great fishing, parks and some of the friendliest proprietors around, Huron County is a great place to steal a weekend away from the “burbs” of Detroit without busting your wallet.  In less than a two hour drive you can be at the tip of the Thumb and sinking your toes into the sugar sand of Saginaw Bay. It’s family friendly unpretentious and considered by many to be an undiscovered Michigan destination.

There are many events throughout the year but the highlight festival of the summer is Cheeseburger in Caseville held in August. When it was first held in 1999 it was purely a local affair attended by only 5,000 locals. Now the event is considered the largest civic festival event in Michigan with over 100,000 visitors during  the 10 day event. Caseville becomes Key North during the event. Bring your Conch Republic passport for diplomatic treatment.

ThumbWind presents the “inside scoop” from locals and those who live here and wish our visitors to have a great time. A new page has been added Best of the Upper Thumb. This local information offers a collection of the “Best Of” for the  all the festivals and unique sites the Upper Thumb has to offer including Caseville’s Cheeseburger festival . This stuff just scratches the surface for a unique trip of fun and adventure.

Best of RibStock in Caseville. Last weekend of JuneRibstock is considered the warm up act for the big August festival. However this celebration of BBQ and country music is quickly becoming a favorite early summer event.

Best Place to Talk Politics During Cheesburger’s “Parade of Fools” This is the largest event of the festival. It’s also a great chance to meet and great local and national politicians who find their way into Caseville.

Best Gourmet Grocery to Create Your Own Cheeseburger There are dozens of local restaurants and charity’s who set up for the 10 day event. You may want to make your own. Here is the best place to get all the fixens for your own cheeseburger in paradise.

Best Taste of the Florida Keys in the Upper Thumb – Want to experience a bit of the Keys cuisine without the 1,500 mile car trip and all the bridge hopping? There are many roadside inns along M-53 that can go toe-to-toe with those on A-1-A. The only thing missing is the conch chowder.  Here is a stand out.

Best Bar Cheeseburger in the ThumbBar burgers are fun. However you may actually have to leave Caseville to find the best bar cheeseburger in the Thumb.

Best Place to Camp Next to the BeachThe Upper Thumb is a camper nirvana. However there is only one area where you can literally camp steps away on the beach. Find out where.

Best Things to do When Your Bored of Cheeseburger – Ten days of luau shirts, Margareta’s and cheeseburgers sounds like a lot of fun but for kids it can be too much. If you want to step away from the crowds there is plenty to see and do. Check out the suggestions.

Best Stroll During the Festival – See the odd sights and unique sounds and atmosphere found only on the water.

Ora Labora Grave Old Bay Port Cemetery AngelBest Place to Get Totally Scared – The Upper Thumb has been home to native and American settlers for over a millenia. The paranormal activity in one nearby town has been the subject of books, movies and TV shows. You can even stay in a famously haunted inn overnight if you dare.

The Best Place to Dance Polka – If your around after Labor Day the upper thumb has a polka festival that is one of the Great Lakes best.


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Upper Thumb Offers Family Fun

Michigan’s Upper Thumb offers close-to-home-up-north family fun. With over 100 miles of sandy beaches, hopping port towns and a seemingly endless choice of festivals, fairs and events the tip of the thumb is the natural choice for Southeast Michigan to find a summer day of fun.


Caseville – Michigan’s Thumb’s Party Town

Caseville has been the draw for motor cycle runs since the early 1960s. With its harbor, DSC00655wide sandy beach and inviting walkable town its natural that Caseville is the focal point for one of the largest festivals in Michigan. Cheeseburger in Caseville, August 12-21 offers ten days of music, art booths, cheeseburger eating and signals the end of the summer season. Dedicated to the idea of Jimmy Buffets favorite meal it’s not unusual to see true Parrot head colors run down the block.

During the day the event is family friendly. During the night it’s powered with music and exotic cocktails.

Caseville Events

CasevilCaseville Ribstockle Country Ribstock – June 24-26 -Officially summer starts with the summer solstice on June 21st.  However the folks in Caseville welcome the in the start of the summer with a huge rib cook-off. The event kicks off at Saturday at Caseville County Park. Live entertainment begins at 7pm Friday. The RibStock Cook-Off winner will be announced between acts

Festival buttons are $5 per person. It will allow entrance to all six country performances as well as other events throughout the weekend.

Pumkinfest and Lighted Parade – September 24-25


Port Austin – The New Artist Colony

Port Austin Farmers MarketAt the tip of Michigan’s thumb is a growing art colony. With million dollar views of Lake Huron and a bustling refurbished marina the town is a port of call and an up and coming art community. The season kicks of June 18-19 with the Thumb Artists Studio Tour of the 25 miles of M25 Along the Lake Huron Shoreline between Port Austin to Caseville. Artist have open studios for the weekend. It’s a great way to see the beautiful lakeshore while stopping at studios along the way to view the artistic process and purchase gorgeous works of art. Information can be found at thumbstudiotour.com.

Not to be outdone, nearby Grindstone city has one of the largest public art gallerys in the Mikes Ipad 064upper thumb. White Church Gallery is a few minutes away from Port Austin and  offers the chance to view and purchase orginal art from local artisans.

Port Austin Events

  • Porch Fest – June 25 – Porchfests are annual music events held across the United States and in Canada on front porches. Started in Ithaca, New York in 2007, Port Austins first porchfest events bring local musicians and neighborhoods together to celebrate and create a sense of community
  • Art in the Park – September 3-4 – Original artwork for sale. Mediums include watercolor, oil, acrylic, photography, ceramics, wood creations, jewelry, decorative iron work, rustic bird houses, stained and fused glass, gourd art, burnsketching, mixed media, fiber art, soaps, hand carved ice fishing decoys, woodfeathers and wearable art.

Bad Axe – Hometown Charm

Bad Axe is just 108 miles north of Detroit and located in the center of Huron County. A short drive is the HCF Logoshoreline of either Lake Huron or Saginaw Bay. Historical Pioneer Log Cabin Village is a unique settlement of historic buildings that includes a log cabin home, a blacksmith shop, chapel, general store, barn, and a one room school house. This is open Sundays during the summer.

The #1 event for the county is the Huron Community Fair July 31- August 6th. With 4H and FFA exhibits. Daily highlights include Rodeo, Horse Show, Demolition Derby, Lumberjack show, Miracle of Life, Concerts, and Horse Pull. A carnival midway with kid rides, and games.


Pigeon – Winging it this Summer

In 2013 community leaders wanted to freshen up the annual Farmers Festival, an even that had been ongoing for over 40 years. Thus the Summerfest and Wing Fling was born. The event is a great experience for anyone looking for a small town feel with big city fun. It all wingflingstarts with the Wing Fling Taste Testing in April and then to the festival itself in July 21-24. Inflatable’s for the kids, live music for families, crafter’s for the crafty, food for the hungry and an auto show for everyone! It’s a great time loaded with events like the Wing Fling Eating Championship, down town parade, burnout competition and much more.


Sebewaing – Sweet Tooth Delight

MichiganSugarFestivalQueenSebewaingMIWith the Michigan Sugar plant dominating the towns skyline and mounds of sugar beets in the Fall reaching up to three stories high is it any wonder that Sebewaing is one sweet spot to hold a festival.

Since 1965 the Michigan Sugar Festival has took place to show the area’s appreciation to the sugar industry which has purchased sugar beet crops from farmers and processed sugar here with local employees since 1902. This year the event starts June 16-19.  Featuring the Sugar Rush Color run, fishing tournament, Kids paint the town (window painting), golf tournament, petting zoo, kiddie tractor pull, bed races, bingo and laser tag.


Bay Port – Fish Sandwich Lovers Unite

As late summer rolls around the days get a bit shorter and the evenings around the campfire can have a bit of chill in the air. It’s also festival season! If you’re in the Upper ThumBay Port Craft Showb the first weekend in August, head to Bay Port. The Bay Port Fish Sandwich Festival is the granddaddy of them all. Since 1978 folks come in and lined up for a fish sandwich that “takes two hands to hold one.” At $4.00 it’s a deal. It’s a family friendly event but its proximity to the historic Bay Port Inn make thoughts of having a “short one” prior to hitting the craft booths not uncommon.

Events start on Friday at noon with sandwiches and a large continuous craft show, the crowning of the festival’s king, queen, prince and princess and fireworks on Friday evening at dusk.  The festival’s parade kicks off Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.