Elk Rapids Harbor Days 2012

August 1 - 4, 2012


(814) 693-0931

Elk Rapids Harbor Days celebration has been a popular event in northern Michigan for over 50 years. 
Families of all ages can enjoy the abundant activities provided throughout the 4-day event. 

Rated Best Small Town Festival of Northern Michigan
by MyNorth Media, publisher of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine

The entertainment begins on Wednesday evening with the much-anticipated Evening On River Street.
Enjoy a street fair atmosphere with a cornucopia of sights
and sounds to satisfy your appetite for food, music and entertainment.

The days following include activities geared to the young and old alike,
sandcastle building, outstanding musical entertainment, delicious food at the Community Dinner,
a carnival, Kids Day activities and so much more. 


See the 2011 Schedule of Events

Alphabetical 2011 Parade Line-up

Numerical 2011 Parade Line-up

The Harbor Days celebration culminates on Saturday with a parade
down the streets of town with local dignitaries, floats, bands, and of course Miss Elk Rapids! 

Enjoy the rest of the day participating in all of the events and
then wind down for the evening in time to watch the fireworks display. 

Harbor Days is traditionally known to have one of the best fireworks displays in northern Michigan,
provided by world famous Zambelli's pyrotechnics.
Imagine relaxing on the beach or your boat after a busy day and watching the dazzling array of fireworks
lighting up the evening sky and reflecting into the water below.
Your donation will help keep the Harbor Days fireworks the best

Elk Rapids Harbor Days is a small town celebration with a big reputation in northern Michigan;
make it a part of your summer plans!

Events & Activities may include community dinner, paddlebuoy races,
harborun, parade, fireworks, cherry bake-off, diaper derby, toddler trot, harbor hoops,
pet show, pillo polo, sandcastle building, senior luncheon, senior bingo, carnival,
musical entertainment, movie in the park, kid's day, bake sale, dunk tank, kids waterball,
fireman's waterball, penny scramble, and more. 



The Harbor Days Steering Committee is happy to announce that Gloria Johnson
created the winning design for the 2011 Harbor Days button. Johnson's design was chosen from over 100 entries!
The Steering Committee (approximately 20 members) voted for their favorites without knowledge of who the artists were.
These were narrowed down to 4 finalists, including Gloria's design.
The buttons can be purchased at a variety of merchants and from our volunteers throughout the festival.
The cost is $2 and the buttons are used in place of admission fees for many of the festival events.
The proceeds from the sales support Harbor Days.
We congratulate Gloria and know she will enjoy all of the "perks" that come with being our Harbor Days button artist.
We thank all who entered the contest.



Rich and Carol Smith

Rich and Carol have 4 children: Rick, Amanda, Kurt and Suzanne; and 6 grandchildren: Alicia, Jon, Jeramy, Je’Lana, Brianna, Courtney. They raised their family in Garden City and Livonia where they ran their family business. In 1995 they purchased a summer “get-away” in Elk Rapids and then moved here permanently in 2000. They immediately became very active in the community. One of Carol’s duties for many years as a Lion had been to run the Queens Luncheon following the Harbor Days parade. She also spends countless hours volunteering for the Chamber of Commerce in many capacities. It’s not unusual to see her car in front of the Chamber building working tirelessly on one project or another. Her dedication to the organization of the craft shows alone has generated much needed revenue for the Chamber. These are just a few things Carol has been involved with. Rich’s work has also been invaluable to the Chamber of Commerce sitting on several committees, managing the website and organizing the Harbor Days parade for many years to name just a few. Rich has also taken on some important roles in their church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Rich and Carol continue to put in tireless volunteer hours even while on vacation. They will respond to e-mails and phone calls and handle projects remotely. Office hours mean nothing to them, they work all hours, seven days a week. They have travelled extensively and even promote Elk Rapids during their travels. They support local fundraising efforts financially as well as participate in events whenever possible. We thank this civic minded couple for their dedication and congratulate them on receiving this well-deserved recognition.




Harbor Days need many, many volunteers to be successful.
If you could be of assistance, please fill out and submit the volunteer application.

Help pay for the fireworks - Adopt a fireworks


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Village Market 


Burnette Foods  

Elk Rapids Animal Hospital  

Hogarth's Pest Control   

Team Bob’s  

Shorts Brewery  

Pearl’s New Orleans Restaurant  

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine 

Covell Funeral Home  

Country Clipper Pet Grooming    

Blackmore Property Management 

Elk Rapids Lions Club  

Traverse Bay Manufacturing  

TV 7 & 4 

TV 29 & 8  

WCCW – FM     

 Alden Lumber     

The Beehive Salon  

United Engineered Tooling    

Flannery Machine & Tool    

Elk Rapids Electric   



Visit the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce website


Visit the Village of Elk Rapids website 



2012 Director - Anne Coulter

Elk Rapids Harbor Days Association

PO Box 801

Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629