Michigan Festivals & Events Association MichganFun eNewsletter
  Issue 7
August 2015
In this issue:
Have you marked your calendar to attend the 23rd Annual MFEA Convention at the Boyne Mountain Resort? Have you made your Boyne Mountain Resort reservation(s)? Have you talked to all your Board members, Committee Chairs, and Volunteers about attending? Talk to them now and plan to attend! The Convention is filled with exceptional Educational Workshops, a tremendous Industry Trade Show, superior Showcasing, a Silent Auction, never-ending Networking and more!
Plan Your Convention...Budget TODAY!
Convention is just over 2 months away and you will want to make plans to send as many people from your organization as possible, i.e. Board Members, Volunteers, etc. 

For up to date information on the 23rd Annual Convention visist www.michiganfun.com  and click on the Convention tab.
MFEA 2015 Convention, November 5 - 8, 2015 Boyne Mountain Resort (800-462-6963)
 Make your room reservation NOW! Rooms starting at $69, 
Speaker Highlights!

Please join us in welcoming
Sean King, with Youth Education in the Arts, to the Michigan Festivals and Events Association 23rd Annual Convention. Sean King has been consulting with small businesses and non-profit organizations for over 20 years. Currently, he is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!), a non-profit organization based in Allentown, PA, which teaches life lessons through music. He also blogs at artsmarketingblog.org. You can follow Sean on Twitter @skingaspire. Sean resides with his wife Natalie and son Haydn in the global crossroads of Fogelsville, PA. Read more... 

A doer of things, you may better know Justin Sailor as Bugsy. A native of Baraga, Michigan, Bugsy now calls Marquette home. He's a 2006 graduate of Michigan State University with degrees in advertising and sociology.
Since graduating he has successfully achieved a number of goals. A partial list includes a year-long 50-state road trip across the country, which inspired the creation of Yooper Steez, Michigan's original Upper Peninsula apparel brand. He is also the creator of Plaidurday, the Worldwide Celebration of Plaid, and succeeded in having a beer with Richard Branson after a long social media campaign.
Bugsy can also be found at Elegant Seagulls, where he creates websites and is an all-around nerd of the world wide web. Don't be shy if you see him around town, he'll likely offer to buy you a pasty or a coffee. Read more...
MCACA Grant Awards Announcement
Mark your calendars now for Friday September 18, 2015!  That's the day MCACA will be making our announcement for those awarded funding for Fiscal Year 16.   Awards will be announced for these grant programs: Arts in Education Residencies, Capital Improvement, Operational Support and Project Support. 

And MCACA is beefing up the programming a bit that day.  We'll be meeting at the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing (702 W Kalamazoo St) in the morning, where we'll be welcoming the Metropolitan Group and Arts Midwest, who have been partnering with MCACA, and will report out on their first year of a Building Public Will program.  This will be followed by a networking lunch, and our awards announcement in the afternoon.
How do you know your event has gone global?!  
by Caliegh N owlin , 7C Lingo
A statement like this can excite a variety of emotions-including everything from uncertainty to excitement to emotions that don't even have expressions in the English language. While we can see the impacts of globalization in nearly everything we do-from the products we purchase to the technology we rely on, sometimes the whole concept can still seem very foreign (no pun intended). So what exactly is all the buzz about globalization and how do you know when your event has gone global?

...not when it takes place in a foreign land

Why? Because you don't have to go anywhere-global is your new local! And although it is not difficult to recognize this globalization all around us, there are some powerful statistics to support it. Today, almost 1,000 insourcing companies (companies based abroad) have established operations here in Michigan, bringing personnel from their home countries, as well as their families and visitors. [1] In addition, even just the portion of our state population that was born outside of the U.S. equates to more than the amount of people living in Portland, Oregon. [2]
From a different perspective, educational institutions within our state are hosting records numbers of international students-a population that has increased exponentially over previous years (over 750% in less than 10 years in some cases). In other words, if you call Michigan home, you're already operating in a global context!    Read more... 


Governors' Special Tribute 
Congratulations to
Saginaw County Fair &  
for receiving the Governors' Special Tribute in August.
click on each event for more...  

The Sheriff's Department Cooks Hot Dogs for Safety Awareness

Hudsonville, MI - The City of Hudsonville's Fire Department and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department will be hosting a free hot dog cookout complete with ice cream at their Public Safety Open House on September 1 from 4-7pm.
The goal of the event is to bring the residents of the community out to see the emergency services that are available in the county, and to make sure that they have the most up to date safety information.
Firetrucks & Sheriff 's Vehicles, Central Dispatch, Marine Patrol Boat & Dive Team, Mounted Patrol, Haz-Mat, Incident Command Trailer, Ambulance, and Search & Rescue will all be on display at the event. In addition, there will be demonstrations of Jaws of Life and K-9 Dogs. Visitors will also have the chance to spray the fire hose, ride a sheriff's horse, try the driving simulator and seat belt sled, meet Vince & Larry the crash test dummies, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, and fill out a fingerprint card. continue reading...

Main Attraction Feature
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
encompasses close to 50,000 acres stretching over 13 miles. Most of this is undeveloped woodland without roads, buildings or power lines. The centerpiece of the park, and the very reason for its existence, is the Tahquamenon River with its waterfalls. The Upper Falls is one the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. It has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. A maximum flow of more than 50,000 gallons of water per second has been recorded cascading over these falls. Four miles downstream is the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. Although not as dramatic as the Upper Falls, they are equally magnificent. The falls can be viewed from the river bank or from the island, which can be reached by rowboat rented from a park concession. The island walk affords a view of the falls in the south channel.  Read more...

Tahquamenon Falls website click here
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MFEA Welcomes New Members: 


Festivals, Fairs, & Events:
Colon - Abbott's Magic Get Together
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Michigan Festivals & Events Association  * P.O. Box 22   * Chesaning, MI 48616
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