Discounted Freedom Festival T-shirts Available

  • Freedom Festival t-shirts from 2017 and years past are now available at discounted rates at the Jaycees Mini Golf Course in Stearns Park which is open at noon daily.

     

    2017 Shirts are on sale for $8 each, while t-shirts from 2016 and older are $2 each. All proceeds will benefit the Fireworks Fund which the Jaycees raise money for all year long in order to prepare for each Freedom Festival fireworks show.

     

    The 2017 shirts commemorate the 2017 Freedom Festival and Parade Grand Marshals, the Ludington High School Boys Basketball Team and Coach Thad Shank.

Freedom Festival Grand Parade Lineup is Finished!

  • The lineup for the 2017 Freedom Festival Grand Parade is finished. Those who submitted entries will receive an e-mail in the next day or so with their assignment number and more details. Those who did not provide an e-mail address will receive this information via postal mail.

    If you don’t receive your information or need it right away, please see the lineup here. This will be used in conjunction with the Assignment Sheet that will be e-mailed to you in the next day or so. You can also view the Assignment Sheet here.

Mini Golf Grand Re-Opening Celebration Planned for July 1st

  • The Jaycees are excited to announce that their mini golf is open and that a Grand Re-Opening Celebration has been scheduled! There will be a presentation beginning at 11 am and the Ludington/Scottville Chamber of Commerce will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at around 11:45 am. Refreshments will be available.

    The public is invited to attend and enter to win a family-pack of 5 mini golf passes. Cost to play this year is $7 for adults (in honor of the Ludington Jaycees’ 70th anniversary), $5 for children (in honor of the Mini Golf’s 50th anniversary), and free for kids under 5. The theme of the course is “Landmarks of Ludington”, encompassing educational and historical obstacles and highlighting local attractions.

    The Ludington Area Jaycees’ Miniature Golf Course was opened in 1967 for the purpose of generating funds to support community projects. Since that year, over $300,000 has been donated by the chapter to local initiatives. Proceeds from the mini golf are only used to support local charitable organizations and causes with zero dollars going toward the Ludington Area Jaycees’ chapter projects.

    Some of the major projects the Ludington Area Jaycees Mini Golf Course has supported over the years are: West Shore Community Ice Arena, a birthing room at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Copeyon Park Fish Cleaning Station, Ludington Recreation Soccer Field on Bryant Road, Mason County Recreation Football, emergency equipment for Ludington Fire Department, Waterfront Park Playground, the Skate Plaza, Stearns Park Accessibility Walkways, Ludington and Mason County Central High School’s Music Departments, White Pine Village Music Museum, among many others.

    Questions? Please contact Mini Golf Chairperson, Mary Burden, at (231) 690-2020.

Summer Kick Off Concert Coming Up on June 14th

  • The Ludington Area Jaycees and the Scottville Clown Band are proud to host their annual summer kick off concert on Wednesday, June 14th at 7 pm at Ludington’s Waterfront Park. The concert is free of charge.

     
    The concert will feature the world famous Scottville Clown Band along with their 2017 scholarship recipients as well as a short presentation to 2017 Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshals, the 2016/2017 Ludington High School Boys Basketball Team and Coach Thad Shank.

     
    Concessions as well as 2017 Freedom Festival t-shirts will be available for purchase to benefit the Fireworks Fund and the Clown Band will take up a collection for their scholarship fund.
    For more information, contact Kandi at (231) 852-3512.

2017 Freedom Festival News!

  • Crazy Bartender Contest Will Benefit the 2017 Freedom Festival Fireworks

    Join the Ludington Area Jaycees and some local celebs as we raise money for the Freedom Festival Fireworks Fund! The Jaycees are committed to increasing our fireworks budget from $20,000 to $25,000 this year and we need your support.

     

    The current list of Crazy Bartenders includes:
    Brad Reed of Todd & Brad Reed Photography
    Jac Russell of Greenridge Realty
    Spence Riggs of the Mason County Growth Alliance
    Vic Burwell of Floracraft
    Karen Haldeman, End Alzheimer’s Activist
    Brandy Henderson of the West Shore ESD
    Julie Rasgaitis of Wildwood Meadows Apartments

     

    These locals will be donning their craziest gear and bartending upstairs at Timbers- 320 S. James St. in Ludington! You “vote” for your favorite Crazy Bartender by putting cash in their tip jars! The winner (most money in tips) will receive a trophy created/donated by Makers Market and bragging rights… All tips raised will benefit the Fireworks Fund!

     

    In addition, Timbers will generously donate 5% of beverage sales during the event back to the Jaycees .

     

    We’ll also have 50/50 raffles and entertainment provided courtesy of Chad Rushing!

     

     

    Jaycees Accepting Grand Marshal Nominations Until April 30

    The Ludington Area Jaycees announced today that they are now taking nominations from community members for their Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshal. The theme of the 2017 4th of July Freedom Festival is “Ludington: a Legacy of Community Pride” 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 “Ludington: a Legacy of Community Pride” and can be submitted via email to jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com 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.

     

     

    Grand Parade Entry Applications Now Available!

    The Freedom Festival Grand Parade Committee is now accepting applications for entries into this year’s Grand Parade, to be held on Tuesday, July 4th with line up beginning at 12 pm and step off at 1:45 pm. Download the application here. Application deadline is June 23rd.

     

     

    Freedom Festival Events Calendar

    Monday, July 3rd, 6 pm- Children & Pet Parade: Line up at Ferry/Loomis Streets at 6 pm, step off at 6:30 pm. For more information, email info@ludingtonareajaycees.org.

     

    Tuesday, July 4th, 2 pm- Grand Parade: Line up begins at 12 pm, step off at 1:45 pm. For more information, contact Katie at jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com or call 872-JAY-CEES (872-529-2337).

     

    Tuesday, July 4th, Dusk- Fireworks over Lake Michigan. To make a donation to the fireworks fund or for more information, contact Travis at tmmiedema89@gmail.com or 231-239-0811.

     

     

    Jaycees Seeking Sponsors and Accepting Donations for the 2017 Fireworks

    The Ludington Area Jaycees are currently collecting donations to fund the 2017 Freedom Festival Fireworks show. Without the support of the community businesses and individuals, the Jaycees could not afford to put on the high-quality show it does each year. Please consider a sponsorship or donation to help us put on one of the best 4th of July Fireworks shows in West Michigan!

     

    Mail your donation to the Ludington Area Jaycees at PO Box 411, Ludington, MI  49431. Contact Travis at tmmiedema89@gmail.com or 231-239-0811 for more information on sponsorships or donations. This year’s sponsorship form can be found here.

Discounted Koeze Nuts Products Available

  • The Ludington Area Jaycees annual Koeze Nuts Sale is coming to an end and the group is now offering current stock at a discount. Items still available are:

     

    20 oz. Glass Decanters of Colossal Cashews- $25 each

    10 oz. Boxes of Mixed Nuts w/ Macadamias- $12 each

    19.5 oz. Glass Decanters of Milk & Dark Chocolate Turtles- $30 each

     

    There are very limited quantities of each available and the items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

     

    Contact Lexi Alvesteffer at (231) 425-7768 or jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com to arrange purchase/pick up.

Koeze Nuts Products Available for Immediate Purchase

  • The Ludington Area Jaycees annual Koeze Nuts Sale is coming to an end and the group has stock available for immediate purchase/pick up. Items still available are:

     

    20 oz. Glass Decanters of Colossal Cashews- $31.50 each

    10 oz. Boxes of Mixed Nuts w/ Macadamias- $16.25 each

    19.5 oz. Glass Decanters of Milk & Dark Chocolate Turtles- $40.50 each

     

    There are very limited quantities of each available and the items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

     

    Contact Lexi Alvesteffer at (231) 425-7768 or jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com to arrange purchase/pick up.

Christmas Koeze Nut Sale Orders Due by December 12th

  • Christmas orders for the Ludington Area Jaycees Koeze Nuts Sale are due by Monday, December 12th. This will ensure product is received by the Christmas holiday. The sale continues through December 31st.

     

    Koeze Nuts products are delicious, beautifully packaged and make the perfect holiday gift for family, friends, colleagues, teachers, etc. Koeze Nuts offers premium nuts, chocolates, candies, peanut butter, and more!

     

    Proceeds from the sale benefit the Ludington Area Jaycees general fund which provides support to their local community service programs, such as their Thanksgiving Baskets for families in need and their annual Easter Egg Hunt.

     

    Koeze Nuts products may be seen in Ludington by visiting Mattress Max & Home Furnishings- 115 W. Ludington Avenue or at Instrumental Music & Sound- 109 S. James St., or in Scottville at Brenda’s Burgers- 124 S. Main St.

     

    Contact Lexi at (231) 425-7768 or Dave at (231) 301-0170, or e-mail jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com for a catalog.

2016 Koeze Nuts Sale Begins October 28th!

  • The Ludington Area Jaycees Koeze Nuts Sale for 2016 will kick off on Friday, October 28th. Koeze Nuts products are delicious, beautifully packaged and make the perfect holiday gift for family, friends, colleagues, teachers, etc. Koeze Nuts offers premium nuts, chocolates, candies, peanut butter, and more!

     

    Proceeds from the sale benefit the Ludington Area Jaycees general fund which provides support to their local community service programs, such as their Thanksgiving Baskets for families in need and their annual Easter Egg Hunt.

     

    Koeze Nuts products may be seen beginning Friday, October 28th in Ludington by visiting Mattress Max & Home Furnishings- 115 W. Ludington Avenue or at Instrumental Music & Sound- 109 S. James St., or in Scottville at Brenda’s Burgers- 124 S. Main St.

     

    Contact Lexi at (231) 425-7768 or Dave at (231) 301-0170, or e-mail jayceesfundraiser@gmail.com for a catalog or to place an order.

     

    Thanksgiving orders must be received by November 14th and Christmas orders by December 12th to ensure delivery by those holidays.

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Running of the Clowns 5k This Saturday in Scottville!

  • Join the Ludington Area Jaycees for our 3rd Annual Running of the Clowns 5k, this Saturday, September 17th beginning at Scottville Riverside Park. On-site registration begins at 8 am with the race starting at 10 am. The 5k fun run is a trail run through Riverside Park and pets are welcome, and families encouraged.

     

    Pre-registration for adults is $20 and $10 for kids under 14. Day-of registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Children who are Win With Wellness Fit Club Members may run for free but will not receive a t-shirt (unless they purchase one for $10). The first 50 runners registered will receive a “color yourself” Clown T-shirt, clown nose, and swag bag that includes items totaling far more than the registration fee. Markers for coloring t-shirts, clown makeup, and a clown photobooth will be available on-site and a prize will be awarded for “Best Clown”.

     

    Sponsors for the 2016 race are Sportsmans Resturant and Irish Pub, Barley and Rye, Safteydecals.com, Brenda’s Burgers, Danny V Companies, Hook and Catch Wrestling Club, Westshore Combat Arts, Bottle and Can, Ms. Wheelchair Michigan-Jamie Spore, Ameriprise Financial-Mike Heckman, COVE, Westshore Eye Care/Shadz Sunglasses, Mattress Max, Wedding Gown World Glitz and Glam Formals by Miss Sawyer, House of Flavors, and Cops and Donuts. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ludington Area Jaycees General Fund which supports community activities provided by the club such as the Easter Egg Hunt and Thanksgiving Day Baskets for Needy Families projects.

     

    For more information, contact Heather Catron at (517) 902-9525 or stars4hcat@yahoo.com.

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