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Michigan Cares for Tourism Volunteers Headed to Kalamazoo in April to Help Build Wiffle Ball Fields at Mayors’ Riverfront Park

As part of the 2024 Pure Michigan Tourism Conference this April, a group of volunteers will join Michigan Cares for Tourism (MC4T) for a half-day project at Homer Stryker Field in Mayors’ Riverfront Park—home of the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team.

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Michigan State University Extension Announces 2024 Agritourism Summit

Michigan State University Extension has unveiled the details of its 2024 Agritourism Summit. The Agritourism Summit will be held at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City on Wednesday, May 8 from 9:30am-4:30pm. Preceding the event on Tuesday, May 7 will be the Pre-Summit Farm Tour and Welcome Soirée, located on-site at multiple Agritourism establishments across Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, from 9:00am-7:00pm.

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Dirt to Glass Conference scheduled for August 22-23, 2024 in Traverse City, Michigan

“Dirt to Glass™ was founded with the express purpose of elevating the Michigan grape and wine industry by encouraging higher quality wine made from Michigan-grown grapes thus increasing global recognition,” says Amanda Danielson, advanced sommelier, and co-founder of Dirt to Glass™. “We hope to inspire growers and producers by exposing the quality potential of Michigan and resulting income to ensure economic sustainability for Michigan grape growers of any size.”

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PASS FC Announces Grand Rapids Women’s Semi-Pro Soccer Team

PASS F.C proudly announces a Grand Rapids Semi-Pro women’s soccer team in the United Women’s Soccer League. This semi-pro soccer team will be the only UWS team located in West Michigan and will begin play in the summer of 2024. The team will focus its recruitment on local players, consisting of college athletes, recent graduates, and professional athletes. They will compete in the Great Lakes conference along with Michigan Jaguars, Michigan Stars, Michigan Hawks, Nationals SC, Livonia City, and more. 

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Tapping Into Michigan’s Sweetest Season During Annual Michigan Maple Syrup Weekends

To celebrate Michigan’s oldest agricultural activity, 16 members of the Michigan Maple Syrup Association once again invite Michiganders to experience this unique process during one of three Annual Michigan Maple Syrup Weekends coming up from mid-March through early April throughout both peninsulas.

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12th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival Focuses on the Global Importance of Protecting Water Resources

Each January, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary brings the world of cinema to northeast Michigan with some of the most impressive ocean and Great Lakes films from around the world. This year’s event kicks off Wednesday, January 24 and runs through Sunday, January 28 and encompasses three cities—Alpena, Rogers City and Harrisville—along Michigan’s sunrise coast. Film screenings are complemented by social events, educational activities, and opportunities to meet filmmakers. The complete film schedule is attached.

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Seventh Annual Michigan Chinook Cup Awarded at the 2024 Michigan’s Great Beer State Conference & Trade Show

The Hop Growers of Michigan presented the 7th Annual Michigan Chinook Cup last week at the 2024 Michigan’s Great Beer State Conference & Trade Show at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo. The conference, which hosted nearly 500 attendees including more than 50 industry speakers, was presented by the Michigan Brewers Guild, Master Brewers Association of the Americas – District Michigan and Michigan State University Extension.

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12th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival – Celebrating Our Ocean & Great Lakes

For five days each January, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary brings the world of cinema to northeast Michigan with some of the most impressive ocean and Great Lakes films from around the world. Film screenings are complemented by social events, educational activities, and opportunities to meet filmmakers.

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Hop Growers of Michigan Awarded USDA Marketing Grant to Enhance Sales Competitiveness within the Great Lakes Region

Hop Growers of Michigan (HGM), the non-profit organization representing the hop industry in the Great Lakes State, has recently been awarded a $105,549 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant. This funding will allow HGM to launch a 2-year marketing, sales and product awareness campaign within the Midwest—specifically targeting Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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Inaugural Michigan AgriTourism Summit Scheduled for May 2024 in Traverse City

Recognizing the importance and value of agritourism to the state of Michigan, we are excited to announce the inaugural Michigan Agritourism Summit will be held on Wednesday, May 8 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City. 

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