After taking a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic, Houghton Lake’s Annual Bud Bash kicks off Saturday.
The event started 36 years ago in 1985, and has been a summer party Michiganders look forward to every year.
“The previous owner, Joe Wagner, started the event,” said owner of The Limberlost Bar, Cora Hallauer. “It was one of Houghton Lake’s slowest weekends and he decided he wanted to bring business into town… and now it’s one of our busiest weekends of the summer.”
Hallauer says boats usually congregate in front of the restaurant. She said they’re expecting a large turnout since this is the first Bud Bash since the pandemic.
Michigan State Police say they will be patrolling the event, along with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Roscommon Sheriff’s Office, Denton Township Police and Gerrish Township Police.
“We are definitely welcoming the public out here on Houghton Lake… and get out and enjoy the sun,” said MSP Trooper, Darren Morris. “Hopefully people can get out there, enjoy the water, and do it responsibly is what we’re asking of the public.”