November 28, 2014

Outdoors expo set for Aug. 18 near tribal center

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH TWP. — The Eagle Bay Marina and Saganing Eagles Landing Casino are teaming up to hold the Fun in the Sun Expo at the marina and the Saganing RV Park next to the tribal center on Aug. 18.

The expo was the brainchild of Gina Borushko, who works at the marina. She envisioned a small art fair that would provide local residents with a fun thing to do for a day and bring some attention to the marina.

Borushko said she contacted the casino to see if they could help her with their greater resources, and they came back with a proposal to do a bigger event.

While the show will still have arts and crafts, scrapbooking, and handmade jewelry, the focus has expanded. The expo will now feature vendors, such as Linwood Beach Marina, Outdoor Adventures, and Tri City RV, Borushko said.

“Anything that can be enjoyed outside,” Borushko said. “We’re focusing on outdoor recreation because we’re in such a great area, not just in the state, but overall. There’s hunting, fishing, and camping all around us.”

Borushko said there would be entertainment acts at the show too, including stilt walkers, illusionists, and an appearance by Paleo Joe and his traveling dinosaur exhibit. She said if the weather cooperates, there will be a skydiving team at about 2 p.m. at the RV park, as well.

There will also be a play area with games and activities, such as a bounce house obstacle course and a laser challenge, Borushko said.

“It’s $1 a game, with the proceeds going toward the Arenac County Relay For Life,” she said.

The trickiest part of organizing the whole event, Borushko said, was getting the first few exhibitors onboard. Once that was done, and word of mouth spread, she said it became much easier getting vendors.

Borushko said she has been working on the expo since April, and if weather does not cooperate they will put up tents and make it work anyway.

A shuttle bus will take visitors between the marina and the RV park, which Borushko said was where the bigger activities and vendors would be. The casino is also giving away premium play vouchers while supplies last, Borushko said, which are credits for the games there.

At the marina, Borushko said there would be a drawing for a full-day pontoon rental good through next year, and other contests would be happening at the RV park.

The expo begins at 10 a.m. and runs through 7 p.m. Entry fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 years and younger.

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