Over the past decade the Long Lake Lights Festival has entertained the residents of Alpena and neighboring communities with an entertaining fundraising dinner and auction followed by a fun-filled family day at the Long Lake Park. We have very much enjoyed being able to bring these events to our community. However, as time goes by, change is inevitable, and this year is a pivotal turning point for the Festival. We want to keep you up to date on those changes...
What will be Discontinued...
Fundraising Dinner: Sadly, we will no longer be hosting our annual fundraising dinner at the Aplex. This was a very difficult decision to make since nearly half of our fundraising goals are met on that evening alone. We know you all enjoyed the event, and we enjoyed doing it! Nevertheless, the auction/dinner has outgrown the small number of dedicated volunteers who make up our small committee.
In lieu of the money our gracious attendees have spent at the dinner on auction items, purchasing tickets, etc., we hope they will still support our fundraising efforts by making a cash donation, participate in the online auction event we will be organizing in the near future, purchase raffle tickets, or donate in some other way.
Park Activities: Many of you know that the Alpena County Parks Commission is putting in a new boat launch at the Long Lake Park. Although this will be a very nice upgrade, due to those renovations we will no longer be holding events such as the arts & crafts show, Kids Zone, petting zoo, horseshoe or volleyball tournaments.
The new boat launch is being supported by Alpena County and the Alpena Youth and Recreation Committee; as well as two grants through the Michigan DNR. Construction on this project is expected to start in the spring.
What Will Still Take Place...
Triathlon: The South Beach Triathlon basically funds itself with cash left over to pour into the fireworks show. We will keep the triathlon running since that area of the park will not be under construction. You can register online here or at the park between 7:30 – 8:30 AM on the day of the event ... June 27, 2020.
Live Entertainment: Due to popular demand, the 20x award-winning, CMA member, “Donald Benjamin” and his band will be playing from 6PM – 11PM. There is one Grand Finale donor spot open for the Live Entertainment Sponsorship!
FIREWORKS SHOW! Starting at dusk (approx. 10PM) we will Light Up the Sky over Long Lake with our amazing fireworks show. At this point we do not for see any issues with the boat launch construction being a problem for attendees who wish to view the show from the Long Lake park. We will again provide shuttle service to and from the Dodge Marine parking lot, as well as Handicap parking inside the park. The shuttle service has been graciously donated once again by Dean Transportation.