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Beer and Bike Time: Pigeon Hill sets records, Unruly Brewing sells nearly 80 half barrels at festival in Muskegon

Both Pigeon Hill Brewing Company and Unruly Brewing Co. opened earlier this year; which means 2014 was the maiden voyage so to speak when it came to serving the more than 120,000 thirsty bikers who invaded Western Avenue July 17-20.

MUSKEGON, MI – The festival lasts just four days, but for the breweries of downtown Muskegon, planning for Bike Time 2014 began months ago.

Both Pigeon Hill Brewing Company and Unruly Brewing Co. opened earlier this year, which means 2014 was the maiden voyage so to speak when it came to serving the more than 120,000 thirsty bikers who invaded Western Avenue July 17-20.

“We started planning before we opened in March,” said Pigeon Hill co-owner Michael Brower. “We expanded our system for this weekend. Our brewers had been keeping every fermenter full at all times. They worked overtime doing double-batch days.”

Before Bike Time, Pigeon Hill, 500 W. Western Ave., was equipped with four 3 1/2-barrel fermenters for beer production, but four 7-barrel fermenters were ordered in preparation for the event. Two of the four arrived two weeks before Bike Time, allowing the brewery to double its beer capacity.

The result was a record-setting weekend for the brewery. Brower said Pigeon Hill set several records when it came to beer sales, including the most pints poured per hour.

“The numbers were very good when compared to a typical weekend,” he said.

Pigeon Hill also extended its hours to 11 p.m. on Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Security guards were also placed in front of the brewery.

Jeff Jacobson, co-owner of Unruly Brewing Co., said his team also began planning months in advance by brewing 80 to 85 half barrels of beer and building a cold storage room in preparation for the event. They also produced biker-themed promotions, brought in live music and extended their hours from midnight until 2 a.m. Temporary staff was also hired to deal with the increased traffic.

In addition, Unruly, 360 W. Western Ave., opened its new 30-by-72-foot patio just in time. Jacobson said they received the permit for the patio on Wednesday afternoon, a day before thousands of bikers arrived.

The outdoor space located in the alley adjacent to the building included an outdoor bar and has a capacity of 70 to 80 people. Every bit was needed, including the inside of the building which can fit about 250 people.

“The patio was huge,” Jacobson said. “Really, we wanted to have it open about a month ago so our staff could get used to serving out there. It was nerve-racking up to the last minute, but it really worked out great because it allowed us to spread our customers out.”

Jacobson said Unruly was slower than expected on Friday afternoon, but by 5 p.m. there was a “steady flow” of people coming in. He added that Saturday was “crazy” with staff being consistently busy from open until close.

Both Pigeon Hill and Unruly called the weekend a success and reported no major incidents in regards to patrons fighting or being, well, unruly.

“The biggest issue was keeping smokers off the patio,” Jacobson said.

Unruly Brewing Co. brewers make Imperial Red Ale on Nov. 1, 2013Cody Vickers, of Grand Haven and assistant brewer at Unruly Brewing Co., waits for the temperature to heat up while making a batch of beer Nov. 1, 2013. MLive File Photo | Natalie Kolb 

Brower said he’s looking forward to next year when Pigeon Hill plans to have an outdoor space. He also plans to have an expanded beer menu as opposed to limited options like this year, but overall, he’s very happy with how the weekend went.

“A lot of people told us this wasn’t a craft beer crowd,” he said. “We did have a lot of people asking for domestics, but there were a lot of craft beer drinkers as well. It was really nice to have someone come in and have us recommend something and see them have two or three. We introduced ourselves to a new crowd, which was cool.”

Brower added he was happy with the turnover of patrons. In other words, he liked seeing people come in for one or two beers and then move on.

“We have a limited capacity, so the fact that people were coming and going allowed more people to come in and experience what we have to offer,” he said.

Both Pigeon Hill and Unruly took Monday to regroup and recover. Brower and Jacobson said they have yet to have wrap-up meetings with their respective staffs, but plan to in the near future.

After that, it’s back to business as usual — until planning begins for next year that is.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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First day of Muskegon County Youth Fair showcases animals, fair games

With all the animal amenities of a county fair to the food options of a carnival, the Muskegon County Youth Fair kicked off with a relaxed opening Monday, July 21 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds.

SULLIVAN TOWNSHIP, MI – With all the animal amenities of a county fair to the food options of a carnival, the Muskegon County Youth Fair kicked off with a relaxed opening Monday, July 21 at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds.  

Thousands of people are expected each day of the 87th annual Muskegon County Youth Fair, which runs July 21-26 in Sullivan Township.

The fair features various animal showcases, animal auctions, fair games and music from Muskegon-based band Yard Sale Underwear as well as various other activities for the county’s youth throughout the week.

Scott Erdman, vice president of the Muskegon County Fair Association, said the Youth Fair is as much about showcasing local young people as it is the animals they’ve spent many hours training.

“It showcases young people and what their projects are, what they’re doing, how they’re working with their projects,” Erdman said. “It’s an opportunity for people to come in and see some of the farm life with all of our barns having each animal in them.

“We try to make it as educational as possible and as fun as possible.”

More than 400 children from around Muskegon County are registered for the fair to show a variety of animals including horses, swine, sheep, poultry, rabbits and sheep throughout the week.

Ravenna resident Austin Adams, 15, spent time Monday near the swine area training his pig with the goal of auctioning it off at the end of the week.

Adams said although trainers develop emotional connections with their respective animals, each person takes away a valuable experience.

“You’ve got to train your animal the way to be judged by it,” said Adams, who patiently directed his pig around the pen area with a whip before retiring it back into the swine building. “(The judges look for) whether you control the animal or it controls you.”

Erdman said the festival costs at least $80,000 to put on each year, but sponsorship by community businesses as well as registration fees for those showing animals help cover the cost. Revenues generated during the festival are directed back into the Muskegon County Fairgrounds and are integral in making improvements to facilities.

These improvements are intended to enhance the experience during the week of festivities, as well as the full slate of activities during the rest of the year, at Muskegon County Fairgrounds.

For Montague residents Brooke Jager, 16, and Katlyn Jager, 10, the Muskegon County Youth Fair is about fun – particularly in visiting the lambs showcased during the week.

“We came to watch the lamb show,” Brooke said. “We wanted to kind of look and see how they show the lambs. We’ll probably watch the horses also.”

For a complete list of events, check out the Muskegon County Fairgrounds website. For a youth fair schedule, view this document.

Dillon Davis is a staff writer at MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at ddavis11@mlive.com and follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Things to know about Bike Time Saturday: .38 Special in concert, contests and more

Live entertainment, contests and bike shows are among the busy schedule of events taking place at this year’s festival. Each day, MLive Muskegon Chronicle will be providing a condensed look at the day’s events.

MUSKEGON, MI – Can you hear the thunder?

If you’re anywhere in the vicinity of downtown Muskegon, it would be hard not to as Bike Time enters its third, and busiest day.

More than 120,000 people are expected to be in Muskegon throughout the weekend before the annual biker festival will ends Sunday, July 20.

Live entertainment, contests and bike shows are among the busy schedule of events taking place at this year’s festival. Each day, MLive Muskegon Chronicle will be providing a condensed look at the day’s events.

Here are some highlights for Saturday:

.38 Special in concert

The southern rock band .38 Special will perform at the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson main stage Saturday night. The band will perform their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl,” “If I’d Been the One,” “Back Where You Belong,” “Chain Lightnin’,” “Second Chance,” and more.

The AC/DC tribute band Let There Be Rock and Yard Sale Underwear will also perform as part of the concert. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Whisker Contest at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Beverage Tent

The Lumbertown Beard Barons will host the first Whisker Contest at the Hot Rod Harley Davidson beverage tent at 1 p.m.

Awards will be given in five categories: best mustache, partial beard, full beards under 3′, full beard 3-8″, full beard 8″ plus.

Registration will take place before the event. It is free to watch and compete.

Tattoo Contest at Arena Lot

The popular tattoo contest will be held at the Arena Lot Beverage Tent on the corner of Western Avenue and Fourth Street at 4 p.m. Awards for best sleeve, best realistic, best black & white, and best overall will be given out.

Admission is free and it is free to compete.

Miss Bike Time Contest at Arena Lot

Contestants will battle for the title of Miss Bike Time at Arena Lot Beverage Tent on the corner of Western Avenue and Fourth Street at 6 p.m.

Prizes include:

1st place: $250 cash prize, Miss Bike Time sash and trophy

2nd place: $175 cash prize, trophy

3rd place: $75 cash prize, trophy

Team Relentless Street Bike stunt show

Team Relentless Street Bike stunt motorcycle team will be entertaining the crowd with their display of extreme wheelies, burnouts and seemingly impossible stunts at the corner of Fourth Street and Western Avenue.

Show times for Saturday are at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Custom Bike Show at Hot Rod Harley Davidson

The custom bike show will be located at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson in the lower level lot near the concert venue.

Showtimes on Saturday are from 10 a.m. p.m. to 5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded at 6 p.m.

Classes

  *   FreeStyle – 1st Place Cash Prize: $1,500
  *   MOD Harley – 1st Place Cash Prize: $1,000
  *   Radical Bagger – 1st Place Cash Prize: $750
  *   Retro MOD – 1st Place Cash Prize: $750

The winner of the MOD Harley class will receive a complementary entry into the AMD Invitational Custom Bike Show at the Milwaukee Rally held Aug. 30-31 during Harley-Davidson’s 111-year celebration.

Additional concerts

.38 Special isn’t the only band that will be rocking out in downtown Muskegon on Saturday. Several acts are planned at venues throughout “Steel Horse Alley.”

The performance schedule includes:

Hot Rod H-D Budweiser Beverage Tent

-Saturday (Open 11am to 6pm)

11a-1p……………….Dave Burrell (Today’s Hits)

3p-5:45p…………….The Shaggwells (Groovy 60′s & 70′s)

The Depot Budweiser Beverage Tent

-Saturday (Open 11am to 11pm)

12p-1:45p…………..Ruxy Music (Classic Party Rock)

2:30p-6:15p………..Vincent Hayes (Roots Rock & Blues)

7:15p-11p…………..Deni Hunter & The House Rockers

Arena Lot Budweiser Beverage Tent

-Saturday (Open 11am to 11pm)

1p-2:45p…………….Carl Webb Band (Country, R&B)

7:15p to 11p……….Tight Fit (80′s Rock)

 

 

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Things to know about Bike Time Friday: Lee Rocker in concert, burn out contest and more

Muskegon Bike Time continues with its first full day Friday, July 18.

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Bike Time continues with its first full day Friday, July 18.

More than 120,000 people are expected to attend the event which will take place in downtown Muskegon until Sunday, July 20.

Live entertainment, contests and bike shows are among the busy schedule of events taking place at this year’s festival. Each day, MLive Muskegon Chronicle will be providing a condensed look at the day’s events.

Here are some highlights for Friday:

The Stray Cat Lee Rocker in concert

The bass player for the music group The Stray Cats will be performing at the Hot Rod Harley Davidson Main Stage. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert also include The Concussions and Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys.

Rocker’s show features classic Stray Cats hits like “Rock this Town,” “Stray Cat Strut,” “Bring it Back Again” and “Sexy and Seventeen.”

Rocker will also perform renditions of songs of other musical icons like Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and The Beatles. He will be joined onstage by guitarist Buzz Campbell, guitarist/slide player Brophy Dale and San Francisco’s maestro session drummer Jimmy Sage.

Tickets are $10.

Additional concerts

Rocker isn’t the only musician who be rocking at Bike Time Friday night. Concerts will also be held at several venues throughout Western Avenue. The performance schedule includes:

The Depot Budweiser Beverage Tent

-Friday (Open 11am to 11pm)

11a-1:45p…………..Three Way Street (Folk Rock)

2:30p-6:15p………..The Shiznit (Rock, R&B)

7:15p-11p…………..West Side Soul Surfers (R& B, Funk)

Hot Rod H-D Budweiser Beverage Tent

-Friday (Open 11am to 6:15pm)

11a-1:45p…………..Bob Malenfant (Oldies)

2:30p-6:15p………..Blue Tonic (Raw Blues)

Arena Lot Budweiser Beverage Tent

-Friday (Open 11am to 11pm)

11a-1:45p………….. Joey Trombley (Rock Ballads)

2:45p-6:15p………..4U2NV (Rock)

7:15p-11p………….. Stolen Horses (Country Rock)

Burn Out Contest at Hot Rod Harley Davidson

The popular Burn Out Contest will take place at 4 p.m. at Hot Rod Harley Davidson, 149 Shoreline Dr.

The contest is sponsored by the American Bikers Aiming Towards Education and awards and prizes will be given for the top competitors.

Registration is in the lot prior to the start of the contest. It is free to compete and free to watch.

Team Relentless Street Bike stunt show

Team Relentless Street Bike stunt motorcycle team will be entertaining the crowd with their display of extreme wheelies, burnouts and seemingly impossible stunts at the corner of Fourth Street and Western Avenue.

Show times for Friday are at 1:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Custom Bike Show at Hot Rod Harley Davidson

The custom bike show will be located at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson in the lower level lot near the concert venue. Registration is $50 and will run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Showtimes on Friday are from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Classes:

  *   FreeStyle – 1st Place Cash Prize: $1,500
  *   MOD Harley – 1st Place Cash Prize: $1,000
  *   Radical Bagger – 1st Place Cash Prize: $750
  *   Retro MOD – 1st Place Cash Prize: $750

The winner of the MOD Harley class will receive a complementary entry into the AMD Invitational Custom Bike Show at the Milwaukee Rally held Aug. 30-31 during Harley-Davidson’s 111-year celebration.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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Bike Time: Join MLive Muskegon Chronicle Friday afternoon to create visitors’ photo gallery

We want to offer a welcome hand to all of the visitors Friday afternoon, July 18 from 1-3 p.m. right outside of the MLive Muskegon Chronicle offices at 379 W. Western Ave. Have your photo taken with a hot motorcyle for a visitor photo gallery to be posted on MLive.com.

MUSKEGON, MI – The staff at MLive Muskegon Chronicle has an office that sits in the heart of downtown Muskegon and is in the middle of festivals like this weekend’s Muskegon Bike Time.

The staff loves the activity, excitement and fun created on Johnson Circle at Third Street and West Western Avenue when the thousands of motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiasts ascend on Muskegon like they will Thursday through Sunday, July 17-20.

We want to offer a welcome hand to all of the visitors Friday afternoon, July 18 from 1-3 p.m. right outside of the MLive Muskegon Chronicle offices at 379 W. Western Ave.

Thanks to the generosity of the Muskegon Bike Time promoters at Hot Rod Harley Davidson in downtown Muskegon, we have a hot-looking motorcycle on loan. Come by and check out the bike, and help us create a photo gallery of first-day visitors of Muskegon Bike Time.

We will take you or your group’s picture with the Harley, offer you a cold water and welcome you to Muskegon. The photo gallery of all of the Bike Time participants who stop by to say hello will be posted at www.mlive.com/muskegon Saturday morning, July 19 as the huge motorcycle festival enters its second full day.

So don’t be shy, stop by and have your visit to Muskegon Bike Time photographically documented for all to see. The spectacle that is Muskegon Bike Time happens right outside our door.

The MLive Media Group will be at Hot Rod Harley and along Steel Horse Alley on Saturday, tweeting pictures of the event. Be sure to follow the tweets using the hashtag: #muskegonbiketime.

Dave Alexander is the community engagement specialist for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at dalexan1@mlive.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Things to know about Bike Time Thursday: Bikers arrive, AC/DC tribute band

After weeks of anticipation, Muskegon Bike Time officially gets underway on Thursday, July 17

MUSKEGON, MI – Welcome to Steel Horse Alley.

After weeks of anticipation, Muskegon Bike Time officially gets underway on Thursday, July 17. More than 120,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will take place in downtown Muskegon until July 20.

Live entertainment, contests and bike shows are among the busy schedule of events taking place at this year’s festival. Each day, MLive Muskegon Chronicle will be providing a condensed look at the day’s events.

Here are some highlights for Thursday:

Western Avenue to “Steel Horse Alley”

Vendors will arrive early in the day to start setting up. Some bikers will also arrive in the morning and around lunchtime before things really pick up at about 4 p.m. The arrival of bikers from around the country transforms Western Avenue into “Steel Horse Alley” because of the sheer amount of motorcycles lining the road.

It will remain that way until the festival ends on Sunday.

Live entertainment at the Arena Lot Budweiser Beverage Tent

After the arrival of some of the bikers, the Budweiser Beverage Tent will open at 6 p.m. The tent is located in the L.C. Walker Arena parking lot at Fourth Street and West Western Avenue. The tent is open until 11 p.m. on Thursday and live music will be on hand throughout the night.

The night’s performances begin with Pop Fiction at 6 p.m. They will be followed by the AC/DC tribute band, Let There Be Rock, which will perform a collection of early songs written by the iconic rock-and-roll band beginning at 9 p.m.

Both “bonus concerts” are free, but you must be 21 or older to enter.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron on Heritage Village Garden and Car Show: ‘It’s these type of efforts that you see in great cities’

More than 100 classic cars lined Webster Avenue as part of the event. Seven private gardens, as well as several community gardens were also open. The Shakespeare Garden located on Third Street in front of Hackley Public Library was officially dedicated at the event.

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon’s Nelson Neighborhood is one of the city’s most prominent, but also one of its most criticized.

Located in the heart of Muskegon, the neighborhood contains the entire downtown area making it a hub of activity at times; however, its urban location also brings some crime to its streets.

In an effort to break some of those negative impressions and improve the neighborhood, the Heritage Village Committee of the Nelson Neighborhood Improvement Association created the Heritage Village Vintage Garden and Car Show.

The inaugural event was held Saturday, July 12 in downtown Muskegon mostly on Webster Avenue between Hackley Park and Sixth Street.

“We wanted to get people up close and personal into the neighborhood,” said event chairman Terry MacAllister, a 40-year resident of the Nelson Neighborhood.

“Webster Avenue and Muskegon Avenue have always been considered a major thoroughfare and now that we as a neighborhood are attempting to bring it back to a neighborhood street we want people to realize that there are a lot of folks who live here and that we have a wonderful neighborhood.”

More than 100 classic cars lined Webster Avenue as part of the event. Seven private gardens, as well as several community gardens were also open. The Shakespeare Garden located on Third Street in front of Hackley Public Library was officially dedicated at the event.

Live music and street performers were also on hand as part of the event, which received praise from Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron, who was on hand for much of the day’s festivities.

“This is one more example of how when neighbors and citizens pull together what a fantastic time they can pull off that benefits the neighborhood and the city as a whole,” he said. “It’s these type of efforts that you see in other great cities and aren’t we a great city? This is good stuff.”

The event also served as a fundraiser for the neighborhood associations’ effort to restore and relight the Nelson Neighborhood’s 28 vintage ornamental street lights, which were shut off in 2012 after the city of Muskegon declined to keep the area lit.

MacAllister said there are three phases to accomplishing that goal but the first cost about $10,000; he said he “suspects (the goal) will be reached” despite the threat of rain in the area throughout the day.

“I’m very very happy,” he said. “I think for a first time event we’ve got 100 cars and we will build on that for next year. The weather curtailed some of these rabid car folks who don’t want their cars to be in the rain so I think the weather did impact this a little bit; on the other hand it certainly has been comfortable.”

He added that the plan is to make the garden and car show an annual event which will only get better each year.

“I’ve already heard from several neighbors, who told me ‘our garden will be ready next year.’ That’s what it’s all about,” he said.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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Egelston Wolf Lake Festival includes outhouse races for the first time

For the first time in the five-year history of the festival, portable potty races were held as part of the event which encourages the Egelston Township- Wolf Lake community to interact with neighbors and celebrate their community.

EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, MI – All the festival staples were on display at the Egelston Wolf Lake festival on Saturday, July 12.

There was a parade, children’s activities a car show and outhouse races.

Wait, outhouse races?

For the first time in the five-year history of the festival, portable potty races were held as part of the event which encourages the Egelston Township- Wolf Lake community to interact with neighbors and celebrate their community.

The races involved two teams racing two outhouses down a long stretch of taped off pavement back and forth three times in the Oakridge Middle School and High School parking lot. 

In the end, the winning outhouse had a more traditional look to it, sporting a green roof and brown siding. It was sponsored by Carl Jawor of Jawor Brothers Blueberries. 

The second place outhouse and team was captained by Herald Genson and was themed the “Hill Billy Ghost Busters” outhouse. It was white with green spew on the inside. 

The festival began on Friday with a beverage tent at Flickema Park, where most of the activities are held. Saturday’s events got off to an early start with another new event, the Biggest Little Fishing Tournament on Wolf Lake, which began at 7 a.m.

A parade, 5K run, beverage tent, horseshoe tourney, lots of games for the kids and live music were also part of the fun held at the park located at Hall Road and Park Street in Egelston Township.

Events are being held throughout the day and will continue until midnight.

Staff photographer Tommy Martino contributed to this report.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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