Winter Fun At Tip Up Town USA, Houghton Lake, Michigan
Most of you know I am from Michigan, of course! Well I live in Houghton Lake and I wanted to tell you about a winter festival that happens here every year, where young and old can have fun! This is the 66th year of having this festival, so they have gotten pretty good at having fun.
This year it is being held January 22-24 & January 29-31, 2016.
This is the badge that is required to do most of the events but it isn’t just that. If you go to Tip-Up Town and do not have a badge they can arrest you and throw you into the hooscow, a small jail cell in the middle of Tip-Up Town. Don’t worry too much it doesn’t even have a lock!
The badge gives you access to all of this:
Free Parking & Shuttle to the Site
Free Carnival Rides
Free Pony Rides
Free Petting Zoo
Family Fun Tent Admission (Continuous family entertainment)
Family Skate Night (1st Friday & Saturday Nights ONLY)
Admission into adult beverage tent
Giant Ice Slide
Free Games on Outdoor Stage
Kids Medallion Hunt
Ice Fishing Contest
IWPA Sanctioned Dog Sled Weight Pulls
You can see a full schedule of events HERE.
You can buy the badge at almost any store in Houghton Lake!
The Mayor, Marshal, and Queen are all elected positions. The Queen gets to be the first in during the Polar Bear Dip, honestly I never want to be queen! We try to go watch this “Dip” every year. They cut a huge hole in the ice for this. Young and old jump into that ice water and get a t-shirt to do it. No Thanks! But it really is fun to watch. You won’t believe the line up. The Mayor and Marshal keep everyone in line.
This is such a beautiful picture of Houghton Lake. All of the pictures I am using with permission from Adele at the HOUGHTON LAKE AREA TOURISM AND CONVENTION BUREAU. If you have any questions she can be reached at 800-676-5330.
Houghton Lake is Michigan’s largest inland lake and Higgins Lake (close by) is the 6th most beautiful lake in the World according to National Geographic. Houghton Lake has 30 miles of shore line and it’s waters cover 20,044 acres. The lake has an average depth of 7.5 feet with the deepest spot being 23 feet.
This lady was probably in the Family Fun tent that gives everyone a break from the weather. If I had to bet she probably showed up at the beer tent later.
We can’t have a festival without the parade!
Yes that is a ferris wheel that is full of people! They have an ice slide and other rides also. Don’t forget the food vendors where hot chocolate or coffee will be perfect to warm you up. My husband takes Desiree and the grandkids every year.
You could spend days snowmobiling all over this lake and in the trails.
Sorry I could not resist I just thought this was a beautiful picture of a cardinal.
This must have been the calm before the storm, the snow is just too smooth!
Snowmobile drag racing, this is fun to watch or take part.
You can’t call it Tip-Up Town without the tip-ups. You can see where the best fishing is by all the little towns of ice shanties all over the lake. They can win some great prizes.
You can get a map and a schedule of events on HOUGHTON LAKE AREA TOURISM AND CONVENTION BUREAU.
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