Kick your summer off by being at the 62nd Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival on magical Mackinac Island Michigan.
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Mackinac Island, MI (Vocus/PRWEB) March 29, 2011
Kathy Petersen and Marcia Dunnigan of Insider Tips Inc., founders of the popular Mackinac Island Insider Tips website, are providing details about the 62nd Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival that will be held on the dates of June 10, 2011 through June 19, 2011. This festival is to show off the large number of lilacs growing on the island. It combines tours, music, contests and other entertainment for the visitor's pleasure. It wraps up with the Grand Parade held on the 19th.
Many of the lilac bushes on the island are extremely old with the oldest ones dating back some 200 years. All other flowers come in second when it comes to the lilacs on Mackinac Island. The lilac festival was started in 1949 by a few of the year round residents as a one-day event with a parade to show off the lovely lilacs. It was such a success it has grown to be a 10-day festival.
Some of the events scheduled for this year's festival include a 10-K race, country line dancing, a Grand Hotel golf tournament, a tour of the Governor's Summer Residence, a stable tour which includes a lemonade sale, the Taste of Mackinac, the Grand Parade and more. So a visitor to the island during this festival has a lot of activities to do along with being able to explore this historic place. No cars are allowed on the Island, so, exploring is either by foot, horse carriage or bike.
Marcia Dunnigan states, "Our 126-year-old summer cottage on Mackinac Island has a 'wait-list' of family and friends hoping someone will cancel, so they can come and enjoy the festivities at this special 10-day event that kicks off the beautiful northern Michigan summers. They come from the mid-west and all the way from Florida at a moment's notice."
There are a number of options for lodging available during the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival. These include Bed & Breakfasts, hotels on the island and even accommodations at nearby Mackinaw City, which is just a ferry ride away. Staying on the Island itself allows the visitor to capture the true experience of this magical place. For those that can afford the rate the opulent Grand Hotel is a step back into the history of Mackinac Island. This hotel is 122 years old and has the charm to go with its age.
People, who are interested in visiting Mackinac Island for the Lilac Festival and other times of the year, can get more information at http://www.mackinac-island-insider-tips.com. This website has plentiful information on not only the Lilac Festival, but many points of interest on the island along with accommodation and restaurant information for your northern Michigan Mackinac Island vacation.
Kathy Petersen points out, "Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is held on the beautiful Mackinac Island, which became the country's second national park in 1875. Yellowstone was the first. Even back then Congress believed that Mackinac Island was a place so rich in history and natural beauty that it was worthy of federal preservation efforts. It became Michigan's first state park in 1895 being called, Mackinac Island State Park. Over 1,000,000 visitors come to the Mackinac area each summer season with the big kick-off being The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival."
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