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The Moeggenberg boys (from left) Fletcher, Cade and Lamdin were hard at work last summer selling Shimek’s sweet corn at Stony eld Acres off M-72 in Kasson Township.
Called the heart of Leelanau County, the towns of Cedar and Maple City are home to restaurants, parks,
and some of the most unusual shops to be found in the county.
Here you’ll  nd baseball teams lined up for ice cream, farm markets stacked with local sweet corn and some of the best — and seldom used — lakes in the county.
Cedar Chamber of Commerce president emeritus B.J. Christensen recommends joining in various events
planned by the Chamber and the Cedar Area Community Foundation. Weekly walking groups, free men’s yoga classes, pickleball and more are always on the schedule and free to the public.
The biggest event celebrates Cedar’s heritage. If you’re in town June 21-24, be sure to clear your schedule for the Cedar Polka Fest, an annual celebration of local culture.
It’s a blast whether or not you know how to dance. Bands are lined up from throughout the Midwest for near-continuous entertainment under the big tent. This year
you can pick up your heels to Judy and the Suchey Brothers, New Generation, New Brass Express and Dyna Brass, who mean it when singing, “Dance All Night.”
While the communities lack a Great Lakes shoreline, they offer plenty of fresh water fun. Lime Lake and Traverse Lake have easy public access. Lime Lake is known for perch and is planted with browns; Traverse Lake for pan sh and smallmouths.
“Also, taking a kayak
trip down the Cedar River
is absolutely awesome,” Christensen said. “There is no
building or development down that way and you can go all the way to Lake Leelanau. It takes a good hour of paddling, but the current is calm enough you can go both directions. And you will see wildlife —
the great blue herons and sandhill cranes nest along the riverbanks, turtles and other things.”
Maple City and Cedar
are also well known for their smoked meats as provided through recipes handed down to present-day owners of Gabe’s, Pleva’s and Bunting’s markets.
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