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The 65th Anniversary 2012 AuSable River International Canoe Marathon begins with sprints for starting positions on Wednesday, July 25th and ends with the Black Bear Bicycle Tour on Sunday, July 29th.

This week long festival includes fun filled events such as Kid’s Day, Arts & Crafts show with over 100 vendors, and the Classic Car Show of Grayling. Other festivities include the AuSable River Festival Parade, 10k Fun Run & Walk, Food Court,  and the world-renowned Icehouse Quilt Shop’s Quilt Show on Friday & Saturday. Many local businesses will be participating all week with individual activities such as an Ice Cream Social, Community Coffee Break, Book Sale and a Chicken BBQ. Changes will be noted here as they become available.

The Weyerhaeuser AuSable River Canoe Marathon is the richest canoe race in North America. The $50,000 purse will be up for grabs by expert paddlers from around the world. The racecourse runs almost the entire length of the AuSable River, 120 miles. Paddlers begin by running LeMans style on Saturday, July 28th at 9:00 p.m. to The Old AuSable Fly Shop with thousands of shouting spectators looking on. On Sunday morning, the Black Bear Bicycle Tour will depart for Oscoda to catch the paddlers at the end of their overnight adventure. The race ends Sunday, July 29th in Oscoda, MI on the shores of Lake Huron.

24-29  AuSable River Festival Schedule of Events

24  Kid’s Day,  10am—2pm in Grayling City Park

25  HUP Canoe Races (Hurry Up & Paddle—Or Sink)
*Time Trial for starting position for the Canoe Marathon,  4-8pm

26  Time Trials for starting position for the Canoe Marathon,  4-8pm
* Business Relay Canoe Races, Penrod’s Canoe Livery

27   Time Trials for starting position for the Canoe Marathon,  4-8pm
*Fine Arts-Crafts Show in the City Park, 10a.m.-8pm
*“Cruise Night”, 7pm
* Casey Challenge Annual Canoe Race, 10am
* Annual “Quilt Sitters” Quilt Show @ the Icehouse Quilt Shop, 10am-5pm

28  Fine Arts-Crafts Show in the City Park, 9a.m.-6pm
*Classic Car Show in the Uptown area, 8a.m.– 3p.m.
*GRA 10K & 1 mile Fun Run & Walk, 9a.m.; registration 7:30a.m.-8:30a.m.
*AuSable River Festival Parade, 3p.m.
* Annual “Quilt Sitters” Quilt Show @ the Icehouse Quilt Shop, 10am-5pm
*Downtown Music Bash on Mi.Ave., 11am-6pm
*Paddlers Pre-Race briefing @ Middle School, noon
*Clown Band Concert @ the lawn of Citizens Bank, 4pm
*Pre-Race Program @ the Old AuSable Fly Shop, 6pm

28  AuSable River Canoe Marathon

29  Black Bear Bicycle Tour

28 & 29  Loomis Battery  Civil War Cannon Firing Competition

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