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Pat McNamee of Rock and Helen DeBacker of Escanaba are two members of the 4-piece Helen DeBacker and the Stardusters. The band performed on a float at the Rock Parade on Saturday and then, as pictured here, the band entertained hundreds at a Lions Club rally. (Diary photo by John Pepin)

By journal staff

ROCK – Community members and Rock organizations are hosting a variety of activities and entertainment throughout Labor Day weekend, including a parade, midway food and games, and more than a dozen groups.

In addition to the Rock Lions Club’s annual Labor Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, several rock and roll and rhythm and blues bands are scheduled to perform at two other local venues Friday through Sunday.

The Rock Senior Center also holds its annual jumble sale just west of Rock on Saturday. The Rock American Legion Auxiliary will be selling baked goods there. Rock Faith Food Pantry is hosting a non-perishable food drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to fill the Gazebo in town.

Members of the local Lions club participated in work bees and have more to do to set the stage for the annual Labor Day festival known for decades as the “The Upper Peninsula’s Biggest Small Town Party.”

The annual celebration begins with a parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Parade participants can pre-register by calling 906-356-9040. Registration will also take place that day beginning at 10 a.m. at the fire station on East Maple Ridge 37th Road, east of the city’s flashing light. No theme is designated for the parade and no judging will take place.

After the parade, the public is invited to the midway festivities at the Rock Lions Pavilion, located at 14454 M-35 Highway, just north of the flashing light. There will be food, beer, various games, bean bag tournament, kids tractor raffle, cowpie bingo, flea market, crafts, baked goods and bouncy houses on the spot. The local team of robotics students will also demonstrate their skills to the public. A local DJ service will provide tunes from noon to 4 p.m.

In its own efforts to raise funds, for the past few months, members of the Rock Lions Club have been selling 50/50 raffle tickets. Winners will be drawn Saturday at 3 p.m. The Share the Wealth raffle will award 30% of the proceeds to first place, 15% to second place and 5% to third place.

Part of the club’s profits are donated to charities.

The organization has been unable to hold Labor Day activities for the past two years due to COVID and lack of membership. Everyone is encouraged to join the Rock Lions Club or volunteer for events by calling 906-356-6475.

Herb’s Bar will host three bands on Labor Day weekend starting with Big Al and the Tomatas at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday entertainment includes Pink Violin at 3 p.m. and Luke Warm and Not So Hots at 7 p.m. On Sundays, starting at 4 p.m., Luke Warm and Not So Hots will be back.

The public is also invited to catch 11 performances of the band Friday through Sunday at the second annual Boogie Fest Too concert which takes place five miles west of Rock at 14069 County Line G Road. In addition to rock and roll and rhythm and blues music, there will be a pig roast, vendors and a raffle.

The event contributes to a community emergency fund with a portion of its ticket proceeds, noted co-organizer Debbie Hilling.

“We have great award-winning bands from the Midwest and artists from Nashville coming to our stage at West Rock,” Hilling said, adding that a group is traveling from Texas.

Bands featured at this year’s Boogie Fest Too include Fyrbird at 8 p.m. Friday.

Saturday and Sunday performers include Todd Michael, Sunset Strip, Copper Box, Cornfield Mafia, Next Myle, Eddie and the Bluesers, Dexter Rowe, Out Lawd, Howard Guitar Luedke and TC Knuckleheads.

Camping is also available at the music festival. On Friday, a Friday Fun Day is planned which will include a campground parade, games and an 80s costume contest.

Ticket and camping information can be found at or call 906-356-6191.

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