MIKADO Local volunteers are preparing for Mikado's 127th birthday on July 13, and have organized 15 activities, including a parade.
The event has been growing since 2011, when the community got together to celebrate the town's 125th birthday, Mikado Township Supervisor Jesus Yruegas said Sunday.
One of the biggest draws is an 1860s-style baseball game, which returns for its third year, Yreugas said. Other groups will offer free activities or hold fundraisers for their organizations, such as the animal shelter and 4H Club.
"I know times are hard, so we try to make it inexpensive for everybody," Yreugas said.
The Alcona County community at the intersection of F-41 and F-30 was founded in 1886 by Canadian logger Daniel Bruce. An entrepreneur, Bruce built a hotel and wanted to name the town Bruce Crossing, after himself, Yruegas said. However, an assistant postmaster notified him that the name was taken by a town in the Upper Peninsula and suggested Mikado, after the popular light opera of 1885 by Gilbert & Sullivan.
The hotel burned down in the 1950s, and the town has dwindled in size. However, today it is home to approximately 935 residents.
The parade's grand marshals are Bill and Vi Bethuy, who served in the US Air Force together during the Korean War, Yreugas said. Other participants include the fire department, ambulance service, Mikado Market, service clubs and lots of children.
Parade participants will line up at Tait Road between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., when the parade starts, he said.
Here are some other activities:
> a craft and flea market at the Mikado Civic Center. Call 736-7721 to request an application form to participate.
> a child identification program at Alcona Lodge #292 F&A.M (Masonic Lodge)
> food for sale by the Order of the Eastern Star Lincoln Chapter 184
> free Slide Bouncie at the Civic Center
> Bob and Jackie Reed's Car Cruze
> Jim Miller Wilderness handcraft display
> children's games carnival
> Mikado Market will sell sweatshirts to support the Car Cruze
> 1860s baseball game at 2 p.m., between the Mikado Clubbers and River Hogs from Midland
> Fire Department water ball competition
> Dothraki Sky Dogs 4-H Group pony rides
> 4-H bake sale
> Grace Community Church of Oscoda performances of "God's Most Valuable Puppets" throughout the day.
> "The Magic and Mayhem of Mike Maturen" will be at 3 p.m. inside the Mikado Civic Center
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