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Community Gathers for Beachfront Bonfire

Last night kicked off the summer bonfire series at Stearns Park Beach. Hundreds of locals and visitors packed the beach to spend time with family and friends. WMOM spoke with Ludington woman S.K. Osborne about the huge community gathering.

“This is just perfect. We’ve got great entertainment, you have people visiting, you have friends together, and we got to see a killer sunset!”  

Osborne went on to explain the importance of the bonfires and why she appreciates them.

“This is what you do if you live on the lake in Michigan and this is what makes America, America.”

The next installment of the bonfire series will be held on July 23rd

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Sailboat Tips on Lake Michigan

A sailboat tipped over Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. on Lake Michigan in-between Epworth and Stearns beach. The boat was a 15 foot Sunfish sailboat. These boats are manufactured to right themselves in the event of a tip, but the Coast Guard told WMOM that in this case the removable keel had fallen out. They speculate this was preventing the boat from being able to readjust automatically. The boater was a 61 year old man visiting from out-of-town. He suffered no injuries. 

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Bonfire Tonight at Stearns Park Beach

Photo by Todd and Brad Reed

The Summer’s first free public bonfire will be tonight from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Stearns Park Beach. The Ludington Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting a series of 3 bonfires on the last Thursday of each month from now through August. Locals and visitors are welcome to bring chairs and blankets as well as their own food and beverages. The park concession stand will also be open. The bonfire will feature live music from local bands and, of course, a beautiful lake Michigan sunset. 

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