5 fun things to do in the Upper Eastern Peninsula this weekend

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here are five fun things to do in the Upper Eastern Peninsula:

Pumpkin festival

Ditmyer’s Redbarn Farm has a pumpkin party from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and again on October 2-3. The farm is located at 2664 W. 5 Mile Road in the Sault. There will be farm-grown pumpkins for sale, hay cart rides, farm animals, 4 acre corn maze, pumpkin painting, corn sandbox, pumpkin bowling alley , a broken pumpkin, a slingshot and a concession stand. Admission is $ 3, but children under five are free. There will be ticket sales this year for all activities, each ticket costs $ 1 and the activities will range from one to five tickets each.

Reading and signing of poetry

At 5 p.m. Saturday, poet Moheb Soliman comes to Island Books & Crafts in the Sault with his debut book “HOMES”, which explores a myriad of themes, including nature, modernity, identity, belonging and sublimity. across the Great Lakes region. He will be joined by local poet and musician Tyler Dettloff.

Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest who has presented works in various artistic and public spaces in the United States and Canada with the support of numerous foundations and institutions. His first collection of poems, “HOMES”, is partly contemporary poetry about nature, partly a travel story of immigrants, immersed in the vast natural and cultural sprawl of the Great Lakes region.

For more information about Soliman, visit www.mohebsoliman.info.

Watch a local football game

College football team Rudyard has a home conference game against Newberry at 7 p.m. Friday. Those interested in watching can go to www.scorestream.filtersports.com/hsfootball.php?live=Newberry%20VS.%20Rudyard.

Rudyard's Tate Besteman (5) and Ean Brady (30) chase Cedarville-DeTour quarterback Cason Smith (2) for a sack during a conference football game in Cedarville.

The Engadin college football team have a home conference game against Brimley / Whitefish Township at 7 p.m. Friday. Those interested in watching can go to www.scorestream.filtersports.com/hsfootball.php?live=Brimley/Whitefish%20Township%20VS.%20Engadine.

Tahquamenon Falls Hike

This week is Michigan Trails Week and what better way to celebrate than hiking? Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, the North Country Trail, Hiawatha Shore-To-Shore Chapter is hosting a hike on the River Trail, which runs along the Tahquamenon River between Upper and Lower Falls. Total hiking distance is five miles or more. This trail is rated as difficult due to exposed roots, hills, and potential mud.

A view of Upper Tahquamenon Falls during the spring runoff is shown.

Those interested in this hike are asked to meet at the Lower Falls parking lot where the hike plans will be finalized. Bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, shoes / clothing suitable for the conditions, camera, whistle, compass, snack or lunch to take on the trail and a small bag to carry everything. The hike will be done in groups of 10 or less with people from different households maintaining a distance of at least six feet. Groups of 10 must maintain a 200 foot spacing from other groups. Afterwards, hikers will refuel and cool off at a local restaurant.

Names and contact details will be recorded before the hike. For those with questions before the day of the hike, text Tom Walker at (906) 322-2617.

Classic West Michigan Bass

The West Michigan Bass Classic returns to the Sault this weekend. Spectators will have the chance to see dozens of Michigan’s top bass anglers and wives compete to land the biggest bass. Weigh-ins will take place around 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at Aune Osborn Campground, located at 1225 Riverside Drive.

– Contact reporter Taylor Worsham at [email protected]

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