With a great State Fair, four seasons, beautiful butterflies and sandy beaches, there’s something for everyone in Bays de Noc. Michigan’s State Fair in the Upper Peninsula Since 1927, the annual state fair has been held in the City of Escanaba in mid-August. The U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba now hosts Michigan’s oldest state fair, attracting over 80,000 attendees across its 120 acres and 24 buildings. Tickets cost just $8 for adults and $5 for youth (12 and under) for all of the festivities that Yoopers and others have come to love. UP Steam & Gas Engine Antique Village About 40 years ago, a group of citizens officially incorporated as a nonprofit group dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and exhibition of early steam engines, gasoline engines, tractors, farm machinery, and other items of historical interest. They built an Agricultural Museum at the UP State Fairgrounds containing an eclectic collection of antiques and artifacts, plus an Antique Village to represent pottery shops, glass blowing shop, and more, as well as working displays offering insights into the past. Today, our Annual Labor Day Show and Christmas in the Village are two of the most cherished events in Escanaba and the U.P. Every Labor Day, a Flea Market enables dozens of local vendors to sell their items while a Knife and Gun Show showcases firearms and military memorabilia. Upsteamandgasengine.org Four Seasons Unlike the rest of the U.P., South Central Upper Peninsula is frequently called the “Banana Belt” because of its temperate climate. Delta County only gets about 50” of snow per year compared to 200+ inches along Lake Superior’s shore. Spring is warm and mostly sunny. Summer temperatures are hot and humid, so we’re lucky the Bays de Noc can cool us off. Autumns are blessed with cooler days and spectacular fall colors. Sand Point Lighthouse Located at the end of Ludington Street, past downtown, the Sand Point Lighthouse was originally built in 1867 for $11,000 to warn ships of the sand reef that reaches into the Bay. Mary Terry, one of the first women lighthouse keepers on the Great Lakes, perished in a suspicious fire here and rumor has it that she still haunts the building. The Historical Society later saved this lighthouse and completely restored it. Self-guided tours are available with museum admission. Visitescanaba.com/lighthouses-46 Peninsula Point Lighthouse Located at the tip of the Stonington Peninsula, this historic lighthouse was built at a key point along the shipping lanes. All that remains now is the lens tower with its wrought iron spiral staircase to the top. Its park includes an interpretive historical and geographical trail, signage, and plaque discussing the migrating Monarch Butterflies. Open to visitors with free self-guided tours. Visitescanaba.com/lighthouses-46 Family Fun Activities With 211 miles of freshwater shoreline around Bays de Noc, Delta County is an excellent place to relax on a beautiful sandy beach. • Plan a visit to Gladstone Municipal Beach, Escanaba Municipal Beach, Garden Peninsula, O. B. Fuller Park, and Portage Point. • Kayaks and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available at Escanaba Beach, with kiteboarding lessons available by reservation. Mishwatersports.com • Go karts, adventure golf, bumper boats, bankshot basketball and batting cages can all be enjoyed at Family Fun Park. Eskyfunpark.com
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