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Flivverfest returns Friday, Saturday in Kingsford

KINGSFORD HIGH SCHOOL freshmen football team member Caden Hart helps set up tents Tuesday for the annual Flivverfest set for Friday and Saturday at Lodal Park in Kingsford. The non-profit event raises money for Kingsford athletics. (Marguerite Lanthier/Daily News photo)

KINGSFORD — The sixth annual Flivverfest is set for Friday and Saturday at Lodal Park on West Breitung Ave. in Kingsford, and co-organizer Rick Holland believes it will be bigger than ever.

He and Mark Novara put on the community festival with the help of volunteers. It is 100% non-profit, with all proceeds going to Kingsford sports.

Since its inception, they have raised $50,000 for Kingsford athletics, he said. Some of the money purchased concussion helmets and football pads, but funds have also gone to other sports such as softball.

Since the event had to be canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, they started advertising early this year, about six months ago, and worked to line up music for the event.

The grounds will open at 3 p.m. Friday, with bouncy houses for the kids and food and refreshments available. Holland said a bean bag tournament will take place both days and he expects the silent auction to offer more this year.

Jim Counter opens the music at 5 p.m. Friday, playing a variety of acoustic rock. He will be followed by the popular local variety rock and country band Next Myle starting at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, gates open at 2 p.m. Music begins at 4 p.m. with rock band Rebel Janes of northern Wisconsin taking the stage, followed by the local classic rock band OZ at 9:30 p.m., featuring the vocals of Ryan Doda. Sound will be provided by Upper Audio.

A show by Spread Eagle Fireworks is planned for about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

This year, 10 class reunions are taking place during the event, compared with only four in 2019. He believes the higher number is due to some classes opting to postpone their reunions in 2020.

Anticipating more people, they plan to try to do extra sanitizing as they can, Holland said. Many large tents have been set up on the grounds in case of inclement weather.

A $10 entry charge covers both days, with a $25 rate for families.

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