2017-08-24 / Outdoors

Sunshine greets third Street Fair in Lake Leelanau


EMILY SEXTON, left, and Tara Arndt of Grand Rapids danced in the streets during the fair. They were part of a bachelorette party. EMILY SEXTON, left, and Tara Arndt of Grand Rapids danced in the streets during the fair. They were part of a bachelorette party. The weather Saturday would have worked for KC and the Sunshine Band. But none of the Lake Leelanau Street Fair participants jiving under a tent on Meinard Street seemed disappointed with the Bugs Beddow band.

In fact, Bugs Beddow was one of the reasons Greg Bosberg of Chicago hit the Street Fair.

“We come up here all the time,” said Bosberg about Leelanau County as he watched his young daughter and son enjoy the music. “We love it up here. We stayed at The Homestead last year and saw bugs. When we heard bugs was going to be here, we had to come.”

While Motown and blues poured onto Lake Leelanau streets, festival organizers were still smiling about the weather. The first two street fairs were met with wind and rain.

“We had a good day, and the weather was fantastic,” said Patrice Korson, owner of Korson Design.


VOLUNTEERING AT the wine tent are Karon Norton of Flint, left, who was staying at Leelanau Pines and Peg Larson of Lake Leelanau. VOLUNTEERING AT the wine tent are Karon Norton of Flint, left, who was staying at Leelanau Pines and Peg Larson of Lake Leelanau. “It was our best crowd ever and our best weather ever,” said Paula Korson, development director of Lake Leelanau St. Mary.

Doug May of Indiana was hawking Petoskey stones he had found along the Lake Michigan beach near Leland and polished. He was staying at the Jolli Lodge, but plans to move to the area.

“I’ve been coming here since I was 7. I just retired last year,” May said.

Attending the Street Fair were Tim and Lisa Taylor of Garden City.

“We wanted to rock hunt on Vans Beach, but it was too crowded,” Tim Taylor said. “The Street Fair is pretty awesome. We’re headed to the beer tent.”


JOSE HAMILTON shined at the Street Fair singing Motown classics such as “What’s Going On.” JOSE HAMILTON shined at the Street Fair singing Motown classics such as “What’s Going On.” The fair was sponsored by the Lake Leelanau Community Association and provided by an all-volunteer cast that included Peg Larson, who was busy pouring locally corked wine.

“I’m here to support the community,” Larson said.

Street Fair committee members include Jim Ashmore, Sally Guzowski, Mike Kirt Sr., Casey Bogart, Linda Lingaur, Travis Converse, Dave Albert, Cindy Kacin, Terry Ely, Bonnie Gotshall and the Korsons mentioned above.

Story and photos by Alan Campbell



ROCK COLLECTOR Doug May, left, who had a booth at the Street Fair, chats with Tim Taylor of Garden City. ROCK COLLECTOR Doug May, left, who had a booth at the Street Fair, chats with Tim Taylor of Garden City.

THE LEAD guitarist for Bugs Beddow, who goes by “The Dougie,” stole the show with rock favorites such as “China Grove.” THE LEAD guitarist for Bugs Beddow, who goes by “The Dougie,” stole the show with rock favorites such as “China Grove.”

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