Hundreds Celebrate Bud Bash On Houghton Lake

Hundreds of people on Houghton Lake as the annual Bud Bash celebration descended on the area.

This is the 32nd year for the party put on by the Limberlost Bar in Houghton Lake.

It brings people from across the state to northern Michigan.

9&10’s Taylor Jones was at the event Saturday.

“People are enjoying the music and enjoying the water,” says Sheriff Edward Stern, Roscommon County.

For 32 years, hundreds of people have made the journey to the waters of Houghton Lake for Bud Bash.

“Bud Bash was started 32 years ago by our former owner. It used to be the slowest weekend for the summer in Houghton Lake and he wanted to do something to try and bring more tourists into town and he created the Bud Bash and it has taken off since then,” says Cora Hallauer, owner of Limberlost Bar.

The Limberlost says it’s important to them to make sure this event comes back year after year.

“The reason I love this bar is because of all the history. We have been here over 80 years, so to be able to carry on the previous owner Joe’s tradition, has meant the world to me,” says Hallauer.

Law enforcement was also out on the Lake making sure everyone stayed safe.

“There is always a concern when you mix alcohol and large crowds for disturbances among people with different personalities and also with the alcohol, there’s always a potential for some type of accident that may cause a drowning or something like that so we try to alleviate that as much as possible,” says Stern.

We got out on the boat with the sheriff’s department as they patrolled.

“Our arrest numbers have been down which is a good thing. We want people to come to our community. We don’t mind them participating, we just want them to obey the law and respect people that live here,” says Stern.

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