Fire and Flanel Fest features fall-flavored fun

If you are looking for a fun and unique way to welcome the fall season, Wyandotte just may have the answer you are looking for.

The Fire and Flannel Fest will be held Sept. 27-29 in downtown Wyandotte. In conjunction with the event, the Wyandotte Fire Department will hold its annual Open House.

The event features a carnival, lumberjack shows and chainsaw carving, as well as live music from Fifty Amp Fuse, Square Pegz, Sara Sherrard and Mad Rabbit.

The event is free and open to all ages. Be sure to wear your flannel.

The lumberjack shows highlight the skills of world champion lumberjacks in head-to-head competition. Chopping, sawing, axe throwing, log rolling and speed climbing – it’s a great combination of action packed fun and comedy.

Among the events are:

Speed Climb – Lumberjacks compete to scale a cedar spar pole and return to the ground in record time

Log roll – Lumberjacks spin a floating log with their feet and try to make their opponent fall.

Springboard chop – Lumberjacks climb onto a springboard and chop through a log mounted on top of the pole.

Boom run – Start the log-rolling dock, lumberjack competitors run head to head on adjacent booms.

The performers are brought to the event by Jackpine Lumberjack Shows based in Mackinaw City. In addition to demonstration turn-of-the-century skills, the lumberjacks also put on a chainsaw carving demonstration. The show educates the audience in the rich history of Michigan’s logging past. It is fast paced, up-beat and keeps the audience involved. The lumberjack show is appreciated by audience members of all ages from 2-102.

Carnival lovers can ride an unlimited number of rides for just $14 per person per day when you purchase online before Sept. 26 (armbands will be available Friday-Sunday at the event). One armband per person per day.  Ride height restrictions apply. This is a non-refundable offer. Go to www.innovativeticketing.com to order.

Also part of the fun are  magic acts, s’mores stations, cider and donuts, a beer tent featuring hard ciders and fall beers and vendor booths with harvest goods.

The festival runs Friday, Sept. 27 from 5-11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. 

The Wyandotte Fire Department will join in on the fun, too, as it hosts an open house on Sunday during Fire and Flannel. 

Kids can learn how to operate a fire hose, enjoy free activities and tour the newly renovated fire station. Plus, firefighters will be grilling up hotdogs with the proceeds going to local charities.

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