- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) - Music, storytelling, demonstrations and a cardboard boat race are among the activities planned at the Thunder Bay Maritime Festival in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula.

Organizers of the 16th annual festival scheduled for Monday in Alpena say it’s designed “to commemorate America’s birthday” and the “rich maritime heritage” of Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay. The event will be held at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

The Moxie Strings, Song of the Lakes and Genot Picor are providing music.

The festival also features a cardboard boat race across the Thunder Bay River. Boats will be judged for design, seaworthiness and sailors’ team spirit.

For a fee, sightseeing helicopter rides will be offered over shallow shipwrecks.

The festival is presented by the Friends of Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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