Freedom Festival Grand Marshal Nominations Being Accepted Now

  • This year, the Ludington Area Jaycees are taking nominations from community members for their Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshal. The theme of the 2016 4th of July Freedom Festival is “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life” and nominees should be those who excel in this area and strive to serve their fellow community members. The Grand Marshal is honored by leading the Ludington Area Jaycees 4th of July Freedom Festival Parade and is recognized at various other Jaycees events.


    Nominations should be in the form of a letter, describing how the nominee embodies the spirit of “Service to Humanity” and can be submitted via e-mail to or mailed to the Ludington Area Jaycees at PO Box 411, Ludington, Attn: Freedom Festival Parade Committee. The group will take nominations now through April 30th.

Running of the Clowns

  • The Ludington Area Jaycees are hosting the 2nd annual Running of the Clowns 5k at Scottville Harvest Festival on September 19th.

    Run as a clown- prize given for best clown costume! Clown make up will be available at on site registration. Your early registration includes a “Do it yourself” clown T-shirt to design and color guaranteed for the first 50 people who register. This is a FUN RUN for all ages, and pets are welcome.
    $25 pre-registration
    $30 day of the event

    Kids under 14:
    $15 pre-registration
    $20 day of event

    Kids who are members of Win with Wellness Fit Club may run for free, but will not receive a t-shirt.

    On site registration begins at 8am at Riverside Park
    700 S Scottville Rd, Scottville, MI 49454
    Race starts at 10am. Come early to “Get your clown on.”

    Proceeds will go towards the 2016 Jaycees Mini Golf Renovations

    Registration forms can be picked up at Scottville City Hall, downloaded from our website or done online at

    If you have any questions please contact Heather Catron at 517-902-9525 or


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Mini Golf Renovations 2016


    The Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course is 48 years old this year! Please donate if you can!

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Harlem Ambassadors & Mini Golf Renovations

  • Harlem Ambassadors Basketball and Jaycees Mini Golf Renovation

    The Ludington Area Jaycees are planning a full renovation of the Mini Golf Course at Stearns Beach before the opening of the 2015 season. The Miniature Golf Course was started in 1967 to generate funds to support community projects, and since that year nearly $300,000 has been donated. The proceeds from Mini Golf are not used to support Ludington Area Jaycee projects. Some of the community projects that the funds have gone to support over the years are: Purchase of the banners for Downtown Development, Birthing Room at Spectrum Hospital, Fish Cleaning Station at Copeyon Park, The Ludington Recreation Soccer Field on Bryant Rd, Scottville Clown Band Music Museum, Emergency Equipment for the Ludington Fire Department, the Waterfront Playground, Oriole Field renovation, and many other community projects. Currently the Jaycees are having “Charity Mini Golf Mondays” to support local charitable organizations, they give 30% of that days sales to the organization that is being represented. The organizations served so far include The Freedom Festival fund for 2014, COVE, The Ludington Area Center for the Arts and Coming up still this summer are Habitat for Humanity, Student Support Services, St. Simon’s Hearts to Haiti,, Lakeside Civic Players and the Ludington Splash Pad Committee. The Ludington Area Jaycees are also running a food drive to benefit the Salvation Army food pantry- Bring your non-perishable food to mini golf and get a discount on your game.

    The Golf Course, located at the West end of Ludington Ave, underwent renovation in 1987 and then was
    updated again in 1997. It is currently in need of a full renovation in order to fix water drainage issues on the course and also to make it fully accessible for all players. Sales, have been low in recent history, due to having an outdated course in need of repair, and this has not allowed the Mini Golf to return much in the way of monetary support back to our community. “When the course is updated and making more money- there will be more funds to help out the community with, more money to give back to all these organizations locally that are working to do good in the world- and we would be able to support the Freedom Festival better so that we would not have to fund raise every year in order to provide Ludington with the fireworks and parade. Currently, we get-maybe-2-3 months off and then we have to start planning and fund raising for the next year’s Freedom Festival. Our Mini Golf Course is a great tool to be able to raise those funds for the Freedom Festival and for our community,” Says Ludington Area Jaycees 2014 President, Heather Catron. “The current costs of the renovation is between $45,000-$78,000 depending on the finalized design and how many services our community is willing to donate in order to help. Our largest costs will be cement and landscaping. ”

    How can you help?
    Come play Mini Golf! Bring your family and friends!
    2014 Admission costs:
    ADULTS $5
    CHILDREN 6 to 12 years old $4
    CHILDREN 5 and under FREE
    SERVICE PERSONNEL (military, police, firefighters, etc) FREE with ID
    GROUPS of 10 or more $3 each
    Patio can also be reserved for parties
    for an hourly fee that includes mini golf play.
    The Ludington Area Jaycees are also looking for sponsors and donations. The donations can be that of services, also, such as cement work, painting or landscaping, please contact President Heather Catron directly at 517-902-9525 or via e-mail at if you have a service you would like to donate. The Ludington Area Jaycees are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

    All monetary donations are accepted, and can be made at the Mini Golf Course or by sending it to
    Ludington Area Jaycees c/o Mini Golf, PO Box 411, Ludington, MI 49431
    All checks should be payable to the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf.

    How else can you help?
    Support the Jaycees by buying a ticket to see the Harlem Ambassadors Basketball team play a local basketball team made up of “The Mason County All Stars” (roster TBA)
    Ticket sales officially begin on Monday, July 28th for the game that is to be played October 21st 2014 at the Ludington High School Gymnasium. The Harlem Ambassadors are a troupe of talented, traveling basketball players who travel and play local teams in order to help communities raise money. They strive to deliver a quality basketball show to audiences throughout the United States and internationally. The show is designed to be fun for customers of all ages, with youngsters being awed for the first time and older folks enjoying the tried-and-true gags like a rerun of a favorite comedy movie. The Ambassadors’ operation is professional in all aspects. In addition to having a wholesome family entertainment product, they are also good citizens and willing role models for youth, promoting the values of staying in school, staying off drugs and fostering racial harmony.
    Tickets costs are:
    Adult $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door.
    Students (ages 6-18) and Seniors $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door.
    Kids 5 and under are free.

    You can buy tickets this next week, July 28-30, at Walmart on US 10 from 11am-6pm,
    at the Jaycees booth during Friday Night Live (6-9 pm downtown Ludington on July 25th and August 1st), at the Jaycees Mini Golf Course during business hours (noon-9pm on weekdays, noon to 10pm on weekends) starting July 28th, from any Ludington Area Jaycees that you may know, or directly from their website: http:/// starting on July 28th. For more information please contact President Heather Catron at 517-902-9525 or via e-mail at

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Freedom Festival “Thank You. . . . . “

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    THANK YOU especially to our veterans.  All gave some and SOME GAVE ALL!


Past Presidents Needed!

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    The Ludington Area Jaycees are searching for our past Presidents. We would like to honor their service by inviting them to join the Jaycees on their float this year in the July 4th Grand Parade.
    We are having a hard time tracking everyone down.
    Michael Patten, Becky Shively, Bob Rhode, Sue McAdam, Bob Snyder Mike J. Nekola, David B. Walley, Pam Peterson, Jeffery G. Nixon, Scott J. Sitler, Fred Hackert, Tom Carlson, John Tilbury, Bob Lanterman, Dan Petterson, Robert P. Steen, Dale Fitch, Theodore E. Winkel, Lynn Pontz, Rev. Wayne Buskirk, Roy Hackert, David Betz, Robert Neal Jr, Jerry R. Ponko, Roger E. Polluck, Jerry Hodde, Jack Reynolds, Tom Lannon, Jim Trebilcock, Dean Parker, Francis W. Lafond, Melvin L. Walker, Donald Kinney, Joe R. Lewis, Waldo Hanson, Bob Kellogg, James Coats, Chet Nerheim, Bob E. Palmquist, Joe G. Morris, Robert B. Neal Sr, Vernon Kaiser, Louis Carmouche, John Kreinbrink, Edwards Gaines Jr, Ray Mayer, Jack Hendon.
    If you are or know anyone on this list who was president of the Ludington Area Jaycees and
    Would be interested please contact Erin Aberegg by phone or email. (231)425-3030 Or contact Sara Raczkowski by phone or email. (231)955-5508
    Let’s make this the best Freedom Festival yet!!!

Logo Contest Winner Announced

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    The Ludington Area Jaycees announces the winner of the 2014 Freedom Festival Logo Contest is Tim McKinney of Custer, whose design was chosen by the Freedom Festival Planning Committee as the winning entry in the 2014 Freedom Festival Logo Contest.

    McKinney’s logo design will be featured on the Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival T-shirts, as well as other promotional materials throughout the Freedom Festival.

    “I am thrilled to showcase Tim’s design on the Freedom Festival T-Shirts and other Freedom Festival promotional materials this year!!,” stated 2014 Freedom Festival T-Shirt Sales/Grand Parade/Fireworks Display Chairwoman Jamie Spore. “Tim’s design is a perfect depiction of the 2014 Freedom Festival Theme—SOME GAVE ALL!! The logo design is a wonderful illustration of the ultimate sacrifices that many selfless individuals, including our 2014 Freedom Festival Grand Marshal Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II, make in order to defend, protect, and preserve our freedom. I am so excited to have Tim’s design to represent the Freedom Festival this year!!”

    “I would also like to thank the 2014 Freedom Festival T-shirt Sponsors. This year, we have eight very supportive Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival T-shirt sponsors whose business logos will be featured on the back side of the Freedom Festival T-shirts underneath Trooper Butterfield’s name. The t-shirt sponsors are: West Shore Bank, Spectrum Health-Ludington Hospital, Sportsman’s Restaurant & Irish Pub, FloraCraft, House of Flavors, Barley & Rye, Advance America Cash Advance, and Monkey Business,” Spore added.

    The 2014 Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival T-shirts will be available to purchase, for $10 per t-shirt, at the Summer Kick-Off Concert on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014. The Summer Kick-Off Concert, featuring the Scottville Clown Band, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Park Pavilion in Ludington.

    During intermission of the Summer Kick-Off Concert, Michigan State Police Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II will be formally announced as the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Grand Parade, and his family will be recognized in his honor. Freedom Festival T-shirts bearing the logo created by Tim McKinney will also be introduced and he will be recognized by the Ludington Area Jaycees.

    After the Summer Kick-Off Concert, the 2014 Freedom Festival T-shirts will be available for purchase at the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini-Golf Course during normal business hours, as well as, along the Freedom Festival Grand Parade Route on Friday, July 4th, 2014.

    The Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Grand Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on July 4th, at the corner of Madison and Ludington Avenue and will proceed down Ludington Avenue to Lakeshore Drive along Stearns Park Beach.

    Entry forms for the Ludington Area Jaycees 4th of July Freedom Festival Grand Parade are now available. Participants in last year’s Freedom Festival Grand Parade should have already received a 2014 Grand Parade Entry Form via e-mail or postal mail.

    Parade entry forms can be obtained by:

    • Visiting the Ludington/Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce Office- 5300 W. US 10 in Ludington
    • Visiting the Ludington City Hall Office-400 S. Harrison Street in Ludington

    Grand Parade Entry Forms MUST be postmarked on or before June 15th, 2014. Completed Grand Parade Entry Forms must be mailed along with payment to:

    Ludington Area Jaycees

    ATTN: Jamie Spore—Grand Parade Chairwoman

    P.O. Box 411

    Ludington, MI 49431

Bike Safety Day and BBQ

  • 10170838_632782886797429_293565424463352029_n From 2pm-4pm, come down to Ludington’s beautiful Sterns Beach Park, just at the end of Ludington Ave, to help educate community children in how to be safe this summer on their bikes. There will have a bike inspection area so parents and caregivers can see how to check bikes for safety. Your little ones can test their skills on our test track featuring 6 stages for all riders and 4 stages for advanced riders (no training wheels). Helmets are encouraged but not required. The Ludington Area Jaycees would also like to thank Floracraft for their wonderful donation towards this event, because of them we have 12 bike helmets to give away! Complete the first 6 stages to be entered in the drawings and get a free game of mini golf! There are 2 boys and 2 girls helmets for ages 3+, 5+ and 8+.

    In 2011, nearly 1,200 community representatives in 56 counties reviewed 590 child deaths and
    determined that more than half (62%) were preventable.

    Participants will need to bring their own bikes.


    After you are certified in your bike safety, stop by the grand opening day of the Jaycees Mini Golf course for a BBQ (from 4pm-6pm) and a free round of mini golf for kids (parents can golf free also- all they have to do is fill out a community survey!)


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