The Marine City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Splash Bash, scheduled to take place June 25, promises fun activities for all ages.
The first Summer Splash Bash was scheduled to take place in June of 2021, but was ultimately canceled the day of the event due to weather concerns. This year’s event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Nautical Mile Park, located at 477 S. Water St. in Marine City.
“The event runs for only four hours and we have a lot packed into that short time frame,” chamber of commerce Executive Director Stacy Bellis said. “We have the whole park mapped out for maximum enjoyment. You will find vendors lining the sidewalk, a kids fishing contest down by the seawall, knot tying, a water balloon slingshot, kite flying (and) many games, including cornhole.”
Bellis noted that the kids fishing will run the duration of the event and everything attendees need will be provided.
The event will also include a sand pile with hidden treasure, where shovels for digging will be provided, music by TOGO Entertainment, a 45-foot obstacle course/water slide, large raffles, a barbecue, a kayak and a powered parachute ride, a magician from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., a mermaid from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., face painting from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and more.
“I am personally looking forward to the obstacle course/water slide, because that was my number one must have for this event,” Bellis said. “I think the kids are going to love it.”
There are several vendors signed up for the event that range from woodworking, to home crafts, to bubbles. The Sweet Tooth Café will be using the M25 Coffee Co. truck and will be selling coffee drinks, bubble teas, water and lemonade for the day, Bellis said.
Another feature of the day will be a dunk tank, which will be filled by the Marine City Fire Department. There will be a table near the dunk tank so attendees can purchase tickets for balls.
“We have a few people lined up to sit in the hot seat, but we are looking for a few more,” Bellis said.
Raffles include the Splash Cash Raffle and the Malcolm Marine Tug Boat Ride Raffle.
Tickets for the Splash Cash Raffle are $100 each and only 300 will be sold. The first-place winner will win $10,000 and five others will win $1,000 each. If 300 tickets are not sold, the raffle will revert to a 50/50 with one winner.
Tickets for the Malcolm Marine raffle cost $20 each. The winner and a guest can enjoy a two-hour ride aboard a Malcolm Marine tugboat.
Tickets can be purchased at visitmarinecity.com, from a chamber member or from the chamber office, or by calling 810-765-4501 or emailing email@example.com. The winners will be announced at 3 p.m.
Bellis said she has been working on planning the Summer Splash Bash event since after the Fire, Ice & Spice event that took place Feb. 5. She said she thinks the event will see at least 300 people in attendance — maybe more.
Bellis noted that attendees should bring towels and bathing suits for the water slide and slingshot.
“Admission to the event is free, but you may want to bring money for the vendors, the raffles or the coffee truck,” she added.
The event will go on rain or shine unless the weather is unsafe for everyone.
For more information, go to visitmarinecity.com or facebook.com/marinecityareachamber.