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Issue: 11 December 2015

We are thankful for your membership with the Michigan Festivals & Events Association. We hope you all have a joyful Holiday Season. We hope you find time and relaxation with your loved ones during this time of giving and sharing. 

Best wishes for a successful New Year filled with fun and excitement!

Party On  ~ MI Friends!

Sue Bila, CFEE
Words of Wisdom

Larry Nielsen, Manager
Village of Paw Paw

We're having a beer tent!
Oh, and a festival too.
Crap, how do we do this?
Can't we just drink?"  
Said no good festival board member ever.

Job Opening

Featured Festival:
Zehnder's Snowfest
Frankenmuth, January 27 - February 1, 2016
Our first featured festival is Zehnder's Snowfest ! The event is just five weeks away from kicking off their 25th year of lining the streets of Frankenmuth with world-class snow and ice sculptures. Snowfest includes a multitude of sculpting competitions, while also providing events for the entire family:
  • Children's snow sculpting
  • Dueling Piano Luncheon
  • Battle of the DJs
  • Fireworks
  • AND a Warming Tent!
Also at the 2016 Snowfest, spectators will be entertained and amazed as Greg Butauski, Award Winning Certified Master Ice Sculptor and his team will be finishing a 100-block ice creation in between Zehnder's Parking Lot behind Rau's Country Store. Linda Kelley, Snowfest Coordinator and MFEA Board Member, is "thrilled to have so many returning and new sponsors to make Zehnder's Snowfest a top snow sculpting event in North America for the 25th year in a row! We hope to see you there!"

See the Zehnder's Snowfest brochure!

Calling All Vendors
2016 Buyers' Guide 
I invite you to join in for our 2016 Buyers' Guide publication for your chance to spread the word about your business and services. 
Learn more about purchasing an ad here.
Due Dates:

Complete this form, payment and all ad designs are due by 

January 15, 2016


Your MFEA Membership must be current at time of print, January 2016

Acme Business Association Distributes $6,000 in 2015 Acme Fall Festival Proceeds
Provided by the Acme Fall Festival 
Save the date for 2016: Saturday, September 24
On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the Acme Business Association presented a portion of proceeds from its Fifth Annual Acme Fall Festival, held September 26, 2015, to five area non-profit organizations. Checks totaling $6,000 were presented to the following.
  • Rail & Trails Rider 4-H Club, Williamsburg: $520
  • Classic Country 4-H Club, Traverse City: $520
  • Country Cousins 4-H Club, Williamsburg: $520
  • Yuba Historic Society: $2,220
  • Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area: $2,220
"The reason behind the Acme Fall Festival is community. Sharing these funds with local non-profits makes all the work that went into this year's festival worthwhile," said Kara Peck, who served as Chair of the 2015 Acme Fall Festival.

New Chairman of the Board
Meet Doug Clark
Bay City Fireworks
I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, my name is Doug Clark I am the President of the
and I am proud to have been elected to serve as your Chairman for the Michigan Festivals and Events Association Board of Directors.

MFEA has been supporting, promoting and educating our members for over 2 decades now and we continue to grow in strength as well as stature in the Michigan tourism industry. 
I am excited for 2016 and beyond for the partnerships that we have formed and continue to nurture with other agencies throughout the entire State of Michigan. We recently welcomed on new Board members and I look forward to working with these great people to make MFEA even better in the coming years.

I also would like to introduce our new 

Peggy Anderson, Vice-Chairman (Schmidt Amusements)
Jeanna Zehnder Rogner, Secretary (Bringin' Back the 80's)
Ashley Rop, Treasurer (Chelsea Area Festivals & Events)

When we all work together to share ideas and form a vision we will most definitely reach a new level making Michigan a premiere vacation destination for the entire Country. 
Party on ~ MI Friends!

-Doug Clark

For any questions about the MFEA Board of Directors or general questions regarding boards, please do not hesitate to contact Ashley Rop, Treasurer, via email at

Parade of Nations: 
Convention Evaluation Winner
Dee Stadium
Houghton, September 17, 2016
Bob Wenc, Parade of Nations committee member, describes the Parade of Nations festival and reflects on his time at the MFEA conference.

"Our festival "way up North" is call the Parade of Nations and members of Michigan Tech's Department of International Programs and Services take turns providing leadership, but the organizing committee is made up of volunteers from the area as well as volunteers from both Finlandia University (FU) and Michigan Tech University (MTU). The cities of Houghton and Hancock are strong sponsors and supporters along with over 40 businesses and organizations. Essentially, the festival is a celebration of both the area's ethnic heritage and the 
international community at MTU and FU. Over 4000 people show up each year to watch a colorful  parade that winds it's way through both cities representing over 60 nations and ending with a  Multicultural Festival in the Dee Stadium were foods from approximately 20 nations are available along with international art, crafts, entertainment and many activities for both young and old. The date for 2016 is September 17 from 11 am to 3 pm.

I enjoyed the MFEA Conference and learned a lot about various Michigan grants that we hope to take advantage of in the future. New information for me was the fact that finding volunteers is a real problem that is helped through collaborating with other organizations and that much of the funding for 
festivals come from selling alcohol responsibly. One other interesting discussion was that our younger generations are not getting involved as generations previously had. 
The highlight for me was the market place. I found many ideas, resources and possible solutions by meeting with vendors and collecting materials to bring back. I enjoyed myself and will definitely recommend attending to other members of our Parade of Nations  group."

To learn more about Parade of Nations, check out the article featured on pages 40 & 41, Celebrating a Multicultural Heritage Way Up North from the November/December 2015 issue of the Michigan Municipal League magazine.

Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission
Mini Grant Award
The Michigan Festivals & Events Association has been awarded a 2016 Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs POD Mini-grant in the amount of $1,000. This grant supports a program to assist the office in training for an InDesign program. 

Become a Member
Please SHARE!
Below are the groups who can become a member of the Michigan Festivals & Events Association. Each listing will take you to a list of benefits - Why should you join? We encourage you to share with your friends and colleagues who would be the perfect fit for MFEA!
MI Main Attractions by MFEA Invitation Only

Free Promotional Opportunity
MFEA Social Media Program
We are looking to promote and showcase each of our members using social media. We will be hosting a program featuring the below. MFEA will be happy to share and assist with promoting any materials you may have. Please email your information or any other ideas to

Performance of the Week
Featuring our Acts and Entertainers
Please share a video, brief description, upcoming performance dates, times and locations, contact information including booking information, website, Facebook page and anything else you would like to include.

Vendor of the Week 
Please share any images, videos or posts you would MFEA to feature about your businesses, services, specials or offerings. Include your contact information.

Festival, Fair and Events Feature
Please share any pictures, videos, articles, news releases, stories that you would like posted. 

MI Main Attractions
We welcome any fun or exciting information regarding these destinations!

ArtPrize: Record Attendance
Grand Rapids, September 21 - October 9, 2016
MLive  recently reported that, according to  ARTnews ArtPrize   may be the highest-attended recent art exhibition in the United States. Attendance at ArtPrize Seven, in 2015, ranked with events in Venice and Istanbul. Here are some highlighted numbers from the event:
  • 400,000 plus visitors
  • 3 square miles
  • 1,500 works of art
  • Over 16,000 K-12 participants
  • $238,000 in grants awarded
  • Over $1.5M in sponsorships
  • Nearly 57,000 ArtPrize mobile app users

ArtPrizeĀ® is a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Our Mission

To Support and promote festivals, fairs, events, attractions, suppliers and tourism through education, marketing and networking for the success of our members.

Ideas Shared...Visions Formed...A New Level!