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Boating and Outdoor Festival in Harrison Township

This Lake St. Clair celebration, Sept. 20-23, 2012, is sure to float the boat of nautical enthusiasts – both young and old

In a state where you're never more than six miles from a body of water, you'll also find lots and lots of boats. To celebrate the state's maritime tradition, families are invited to the third annual Boating and Outdoor Festival at the Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township from Sept. 20-23, 2012.

There will be plenty of vessels on display, from powerboats that were in the Gold Cup Race this summer to antique craftsman speedboats to an exceptional collection of sailboats sure to impress all.

Kids can play captain while they drive remote-controlled ships in the RC boat pond. Plus, they can get their faces painted and play hands-on water games – courtesy of the Macomb County Children's Museum. And back by popular demand is "Waterwalkerz" – which gives kids the chance to walk on water in a giant, clear plastic bubble. The cost is $5.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks will be giving educational sessions on lake ecology and fishing throughout the weekend. The Naturalists Group will be staging Native American camp re-enactments and showcasing a 40-foot birch bark canoe.

Demonstrations of unusual water vehicles will be given, including a presentation of the Flyboard, a single-person apparatus that shoots its wet-suit-donned rider into the air and across the water. Brandon Robinson, the top Flyboarder in the United States, will be showcasing the bizarre invention at the following times:

  • Thursday: 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 1, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

The Detroit Model Yacht Association will also be showcasing their impressive fleet of model sailboats by the shoreline, too.

Adult tickets can be purchased online for $7 or at the show for $9. Children 12 and under are free admission with an adult.

See the Metro Parent listing for more on the Boating and Outdoor Festival at the Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township.

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