The Flivvers are ready to Fest
Fourth annual event raises money for Kingsford school athletics
KINGSFORD — Music will ring out this weekend at the fourth annual FlivverFest.
The Friends of the Flivvers fundraiser kicks off tonight and will continue through Saturday evening at LoDal Park in Kingsford.
This year, six local bands will perform over the two days, Friends of the Flivvers member Mark Novara said.
Taking the stage tonight will be Schizophonic from 6 to 9, with classic rock favorites; and the popular local band Next Myle from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m.
FlivverFest reopens at 2 p.m. Saturday, with music to start at 3 p.m. The lineup includes Kingsford High School alumni Ethan Wilcox from 3 to 4 p.m. and Delaney Harris from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The group, Norton, Chartier and Company will perform from 6 to 9 p.m and the classic rock band OZ wraps up the festivities from 9:30 p.m. to close.
“We try to make this a little bit better every year,” Novara said. “We have a variety of things to do and look to add to that each year.”
Such as the corn hole toss tournament, new to the festival this year, that begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Novara said. Entry fee is $20 for a two-person team, with prizes going to the top three finishers. To sign up, go to the FlivverFest Facebook page.
Only a limited number of teams can be taken, so those interested are encouraged to sign up now, Novara said.
The Friends of the Flivvers also will host the second-annual FlivverFest 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday. The family-friendly event will take place throughout the Breitung and Lodal areas of Kingsford, beginning and ending at LoDal Park, and includes a quarter-lap through Flivver Stadium.
Race day registration will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Cost is $20, which includes a T-shirt and beverage ticket for Flivverfest.
Children can enjoy the bounce houses from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Bracelets are available for $10 for unlimited use. FlivverFest will have a kids activity tent open Saturday as well, with the Young Professionals group offering face painting from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friends of the Flivvers plan to fill another large tent with silent auction items.
Five KHS class reunions will share in the festivities.
“KHS Classes of ’71 and ’72 come every year. They have a blast,” Novara said with a laugh. “I’m shoveling snow in January and they are calling, making sure we are still hosting the event.”
Kingsford Little League Baseball will have a tent and sell tickets for a chance at three prizes. The District 10 champions need funds to cover travel expenses when the team heads downstate in August for the state championship.
The Kingsford Flivver Booster Club will sell all your favorite food and beverages that you get at Flivver field.
In addition, the event at 9:30 p.m. will feature a huge fireworks display.
Tickets are $10 at the gate, which is good for admission for both days. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
“It’s a fun and inexpensive event for the whole family,” Novara said, adding last year’s FlivverFest drew 1,500.
All FlivverFest proceeds are used to promote Breitung Township Schools athletics and offset some other school expenses.
“Because of the event, we (Friends of the Flivvers) were able to purchase and do some great things for our kids and school, including purchasing the best football helmets,” Novara said. “We are proud of that fact that everything goes back to our kids.”
Friends of the Flivvers also acknowledge their event sponsors.