The Fireside 500 boat race, that began in 2019, is coming back to Grand Lake in 2021 and hopefully for years to come.
PRESQUE ISLE, Mich. — The COVID-19 pandemic caused a lot of summer events to cancel their annual plans in 2020. This summer– many of them are making their way back– including the boat races along Grand Lake.
In 2019, Top O’ Michigan Outboard Racing Club brought the first ever Fireside 500 to Northeast Michigan- a boat race using stock outboards along Grand Lake. Fireside Inn in Presque Isle hosted the event then, and it is going to be the venue again this year. The 2020 race was cancelled- but Top O’ Michigan hopes to bring the event back annually.
“I think everyone is really excited,” said Top O’ Michigan Commodore Samantha Fairbairn. “I know the Fireside Inn is excited, I think the local community really enjoyed it. We definitely missed it- the Fireside Inn is such a great venue to have it at.”
The race this year is on June 5 and June 6. Fairbairn says the event will still look different than it did pre-pandemic. SourceMore information can be found here