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White Lake Area Arts and Crafts Festival

WHITEHALL, MI — The 36th Annual White Lake Area Arts and Crafts Festival is set to take place on Father's Day weekend at Goodrich Park in Whitehall.

More than 75 artists will participate in the juried art show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, and11 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, at Goodrich Park, located on 100 N. Lake St.

Amy VanLoon, executive director for the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, said the two-day event can be one of the White Lake area's main summer attractions.

"It's one of our bigger events, especially since it is two days long," VanLoon said. "It makes it more worthwhile for the artists to set up and for those wanting to attend the event."

Although the price to attend the event is free, spectators are able to purchase a variety of hand-made arts and crafts such as jewelry, ceramics, clothing, paintings and children's toys.

"It is great for the locals to participate in as well as the tourists to come out and enjoy," VanLoon said. "The location is beautiful and it is right on the water."

VanLoon said the Chamber of Commerce has been putting the event on for the last 35 years and has continued its support of the festival, all while finding different entertainment for both days.

The lineup of musicians throughout the weekend is scheduled to include local favorite Mike Snell, The Edukators and Keith Scott playing acoustic Chicago blues.


"Some folks will only come down here to listen to Mike Snell and The Edukators," VanLoon said. "So, we choose the musicians based on popular demand."

A variety of food vendors will be there, serving pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, elephant ears, lemonade, candy, root beer floats and sundaes, kettle corn and crepes.

"It's a nice wide array of music for people to come out and get a corn dog and sit and listen to some great music," VanLoon said. "This year we are also going to have the children's inflatables, and expand it to more kid activities so it is more family friendly."