2012-01-26 / Features

First TUT weekend successful, despite some cancellations

By Cheryl Holladay


TUT FAIRY TALE WEDDING Tip-up Town bridal couple Ann Joseph and Roger Fyvie of Houghton Lake enjoy a quick and cold “fairy tale” wedding Sunday morning at the Tip-up Town site. Officiated by Jim Debo, the wedding featured bridesmaids (left to right) Julia Hallauer, matron of honor Lisa Lipka, Mitzy Jock, Vicky Joseph, maid of honor Jenny Joseph and flower girl Riley Jock and attendants Dan Fyvie, Albert Fyvie, Keno Naylor and Albert Benson. The wedding was sponsored by the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce and Houghton Lake and West Branch area businesses. 
(Photo by Cheryl Holladay) TUT FAIRY TALE WEDDING Tip-up Town bridal couple Ann Joseph and Roger Fyvie of Houghton Lake enjoy a quick and cold “fairy tale” wedding Sunday morning at the Tip-up Town site. Officiated by Jim Debo, the wedding featured bridesmaids (left to right) Julia Hallauer, matron of honor Lisa Lipka, Mitzy Jock, Vicky Joseph, maid of honor Jenny Joseph and flower girl Riley Jock and attendants Dan Fyvie, Albert Fyvie, Keno Naylor and Albert Benson. The wedding was sponsored by the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce and Houghton Lake and West Branch area businesses. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) Despite the cancellation of a few events, the first weekend of Tip-up Town, U.S.A., 2012 was considered a success.

“I think everything went pretty good,” Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Tuck said Monday. “The weather was wonderful. We’re happy.”

Cancelled for the first weekend were the Ice Fishing Contest, Radar Runs, fireworks and Softball on Ice.


‘FAVORITE’ PART OF TUT Getting the full effect of the 26 foot TUT ice slide, four-year-old, Kyle Ross of Cadillac raises his hands in the air as he slides down the slide. His mother, Amanda Ross said Kyle’s favorite part of TUT is the ice slide as he could ride it all day. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) ‘FAVORITE’ PART OF TUT Getting the full effect of the 26 foot TUT ice slide, four-year-old, Kyle Ross of Cadillac raises his hands in the air as he slides down the slide. His mother, Amanda Ross said Kyle’s favorite part of TUT is the ice slide as he could ride it all day. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) Tuck said badge sales were “down slightly,” but “not enough to be significant.” She noted that a lot of local residents attended the 62nd annual event on Sunday.

The “Fairy Tale” wedding, featuring Ann Joseph and Roger Fyvie, was attended by approximately 75 people. The short and sweet vows were exchanged in the cold at the Tip-up Town ice sculpture, a pumpkin-turned-carriage, featuring the bridal couple’s names.

“I thought the wedding was nice,” Tuck said.


CLOWNING AROUND George Davis and his mom, Amber, both of Merritt, clowned around in the Grand Parade Saturday. Davis was last year’s Tip-up Town mayor. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) CLOWNING AROUND George Davis and his mom, Amber, both of Merritt, clowned around in the Grand Parade Saturday. Davis was last year’s Tip-up Town mayor. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) She said she appreciated the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department warning visitors to Houghton Lake to stay off the ice, which helped improve safety on the lake.

Many visitors to Tip-up Town live downstate, but have cabins in the Houghton Lake area or have a family member who owns a place in the area.

The Lapinski family, mostly of Dearborn, kept the Tip-up Town tradition this year. Jerry and Jim Lapinski said the family stays in Meredith.

Tony and Barb Kramarczyk live in Howell and have a cottage at Houghton Lake. They brought their granddaughters, Hannah Kramarczyk and Sage Erskine. Some folks came from Maryland and Colorado as well. Colorado resident Hunter Ferguson, almost 2 years old, is the grandson of Duane and Carole LaRue of Houghton Lake.


CHEESY CONTEST Wisconsin has nothin’ on these “cheese heads” at the TUT outdoor games stage Sunday. Competing in a contest to see who can collect the most cheese curls on a shower cap covered in shaving cream are (left to right) Alesha Evan, Billy Trahan and Jarrett Wagner. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) CHEESY CONTEST Wisconsin has nothin’ on these “cheese heads” at the TUT outdoor games stage Sunday. Competing in a contest to see who can collect the most cheese curls on a shower cap covered in shaving cream are (left to right) Alesha Evan, Billy Trahan and Jarrett Wagner. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) Ryan Piesko of Frankenmuth said he comes to Tip-up Town “every year,” while Dennis Rench of Athens said this was his third year attending the winter carnival.

Jerry Williams, a veteran of Tip-up Town, brought his friends, John and Melissa Smith of Ann Arbor to the beverage tent Friday night.

Julia Kimbro of Kentucky was having fun in the beverage tent Saturday with her friends and family, Michael Kimbro, Diana and Roger Bowman of Novi (who have a cottage at Higgins Lake), Stephanie Bowman of Kentucky and Stacey Cravens, who said she is from Michigan.


GRAND MARSHAL TOM HAMP (Left) Tom Hamp, the 2012 Grand Marshal of the Tip-up Town Grand Parade and his wife, Kathryn Hamp were escorted into Houghton Lake by family friends, Justin Akin and his daughter, Callee Akin in Justin’s 1947 Willys Jeep. Tom is a founding member of the Trout Lake Jeep Club and is a fourth generation newspaper man who is set to retire Jan. 29 from the Houghton Lake Resorter. He began working at the Resorter in 1961 sweeping and “tearing down” pages, he was later hired by his father, Robert Hamp in 1973 as the managing editor. After his father retired, Tom became the fourth publisher of the newspaper. His sons, Eric and Bryan Hamp will keep the family newspaper tradition alive by being the fifth generation of Hamps to work in the newspaper business. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) GRAND MARSHAL TOM HAMP (Left) Tom Hamp, the 2012 Grand Marshal of the Tip-up Town Grand Parade and his wife, Kathryn Hamp were escorted into Houghton Lake by family friends, Justin Akin and his daughter, Callee Akin in Justin’s 1947 Willys Jeep. Tom is a founding member of the Trout Lake Jeep Club and is a fourth generation newspaper man who is set to retire Jan. 29 from the Houghton Lake Resorter. He began working at the Resorter in 1961 sweeping and “tearing down” pages, he was later hired by his father, Robert Hamp in 1973 as the managing editor. After his father retired, Tom became the fourth publisher of the newspaper. His sons, Eric and Bryan Hamp will keep the family newspaper tradition alive by being the fifth generation of Hamps to work in the newspaper business. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) Nola Hopkins of Harrison, ran in the 5K Run/Walk with her exchange student from Germany, Julian Ketges, 17.


TAKING IT ALL IN Atlanta resident Scott Burcicki (left), 10 took a break from climbing the giant snow pile to eat some cotton candy as children continued to scale to the top. Burcicki said this was the first time he had been to Tip-up Town and admitted that TUT was a better festival than Atlanta’s Elk Festival. “It’s fun,” Burcicki said as he looked over the site. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) TAKING IT ALL IN Atlanta resident Scott Burcicki (left), 10 took a break from climbing the giant snow pile to eat some cotton candy as children continued to scale to the top. Burcicki said this was the first time he had been to Tip-up Town and admitted that TUT was a better festival than Atlanta’s Elk Festival. “It’s fun,” Burcicki said as he looked over the site. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) “I never in a 100 years thought I could do this,” Hopkins said of running in the 5K.

Among the events scheduled for the second weekend of Tip-up Town is the fireworks display Saturday. Tuck said there will be a limited fireworks show, ice permitting, and that the best place for viewing is the TUT site.

Check the chamber web site, www.houghtonlakechamber.net, or call 366- 5644 for updated information.


TUT QUEEN Alyson Kaptor grets houghton lake The 2012 TUT royal court including (from left), queen runner-up Lindsay Kelly, TUT Queen Alyson Kaptor and court member Lindy Peterson rode on the court float during the Tip-up Town U.S.A. Grand Parade on Jan. 21. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) TUT QUEEN Alyson Kaptor grets houghton lake The 2012 TUT royal court including (from left), queen runner-up Lindsay Kelly, TUT Queen Alyson Kaptor and court member Lindy Peterson rode on the court float during the Tip-up Town U.S.A. Grand Parade on Jan. 21. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) Also planned are the co-ed Softball on Ice games on the lake, the Snowmobile Radar Runs and the Polar Bear Dip.

The Ice Fishing Contest, which was postponed due to uncertain ice conditions, is also set to take place this weekend.

The following are the results of many of the contests and games held during the first weekend of Tip-up Town 2012:

Grand prize drawing

Five badge ticket stubs were drawn Sunday inside the family fun tent.

The first place prize of $1,000 went to Sally Weller of Middleton. Drawn for the second place prize of $500 was Gary Heatherington of Dewitt. The third place prize of $250 went to Sandy Rashid of Farmington Hills. Two tickets for a $250 value weekend stay at Miller’s Lakeshore Resort were drawn, one for R. Faulkner (no town given) and one for Judy Washer of Munger.


ANCHOR INN WINS BEST OVERALL PARADE ENTRY After the Grand Parade was finished, parade participants gathered at the stage where parade organizer, Kathy Pease announced the parade winners. The winner of the Queens Best Overall float was the Anchor Inn (above, during the parade). Those who rode in the Anchor Inn float were dressed as characters from Peter Pan. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) ANCHOR INN WINS BEST OVERALL PARADE ENTRY After the Grand Parade was finished, parade participants gathered at the stage where parade organizer, Kathy Pease announced the parade winners. The winner of the Queens Best Overall float was the Anchor Inn (above, during the parade). Those who rode in the Anchor Inn float were dressed as characters from Peter Pan. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) Grand Parade

Winning the Queen’s Best Overall award in the Grand Parade was the Clive & Dot’s Anchor Inn float. The Humor award went to Walmart and the Originality award went to Yardbird.


OLD SLED MEMORIES (Above) Richard Stewart of Kalamazoo (left) and Kirt McCauley (whose parents, Jack and Ruth, live on the North Shore and whose grandparents, John and Mary Block, owned The Lamplighter Resort) check out the antique snowmobiles at Tip-up Town Saturday. “I remember when all these came out,” McCauley said. Among the differences between the old sleds and the newer ones, they agreed, was stability, speed and “price tag.” (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) OLD SLED MEMORIES (Above) Richard Stewart of Kalamazoo (left) and Kirt McCauley (whose parents, Jack and Ruth, live on the North Shore and whose grandparents, John and Mary Block, owned The Lamplighter Resort) check out the antique snowmobiles at Tip-up Town Saturday. “I remember when all these came out,” McCauley said. Among the differences between the old sleds and the newer ones, they agreed, was stability, speed and “price tag.” (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) In the youth category, first place went to the Houghton Lake Boy Scouts, second place went to the Houghton Lake Girl Scouts and third place went to Houghton Lake United Methodist.

Bed Race

Competing in the Bed Race were three bed teams, Medicine Shoppe/Hutson’s Insurance team from Grayling and Dr. Bob’s Brat Pack and Pacella’s Rat Pack, both from Houghton Lake.


READY, SET, GO! (Left) Runners and walkers line up for the Tip-up Town 5K Run/ Walk Saturday before the start of the Grand Parade. Winning the race was Jim Drudge of Grayling with a time of 16:09:25. The fastest walker was Beth Lake of Odenton, MD, with a time of 45:18:08. (CHP) READY, SET, GO! (Left) Runners and walkers line up for the Tip-up Town 5K Run/ Walk Saturday before the start of the Grand Parade. Winning the race was Jim Drudge of Grayling with a time of 16:09:25. The fastest walker was Beth Lake of Odenton, MD, with a time of 45:18:08. (CHP) Racing to the finish line ahead of their fellow runners was Dr. Bob’s Brat Pack. The team, in it’s “Little Red Riding Hood” themed costumes, consisted of Jared Orban, Kyle Bates, Bob Pacella, Dakota Kolo and Dr. Bob Pacella.

The Rat Pack team earned the “Best Costume” award. Members racing were Brianna McGregor, Cozette Koupal, Sam Smyk, Alexa Tomas and Riley Pacella, who dressed as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Earning the “Best Use of Theme” award was the Medicine Shoppe/Hutson Insurance team, consisting of Michele Steffey, Tyler Steffey, Brent Steffey, Jeff Steffey and Marc Milburn, for its “fairy” themed bed and pink tutu costumes.


BOWLING WITH TURKEYS Dave Pepper of Houghton Lake shows good form at the turkey bowling lane Sunday. The ice on the adjacent hockey shoot-out lane was not up to par, so the turkey lane was used as an alternate shoot-out lane. (CHP) BOWLING WITH TURKEYS Dave Pepper of Houghton Lake shows good form at the turkey bowling lane Sunday. The ice on the adjacent hockey shoot-out lane was not up to par, so the turkey lane was used as an alternate shoot-out lane. (CHP) 5K Run/Walk About 75 people participated in the 5K Run/Walk, most of whom ran the course. Winning the men’s race was Jim Drudge of Grayling, at 16:09:25. Finishing second was Mike Kilbreath of Sanford, at 18:33:69. Winning the women’s race was Brooke Kovacic of Oxford, at 18:37:88. Finishing second was Brittany Johnson of Oxford, at 18:59:25. First place among female walkers was Beth Luke of Odenton, MD, at 45:18:08. Finishing second was Christine Schicker of Roscommon, at 51:38:99. First place among the male walkers was Mark Vick of St. Helen, at 40:20:00. Finishing second was Travis Weinrauch of White Lake, at 51:37:08. For a complete list of TUT 5K Run/Walk race results, visit Mitch Miller’s web site, www.race-mrm.com.


KEEPING THE TRADITION The Lapinski family, mostly from Dearborn kept their Tip-up Town tradition going by attending the 2012 festival. They stay in Meredith over the weekend. Pictured are (left to right) Ken Lapinski, Brendan Lapinski, Zach Lapinski, Jim Lapinski, Ashley Lapinski, Jerry Lapinski, James Lapinski and Jeff Suddeth of Waterford. (CHP) ICY FUN Mikhala Wagner, 5, Houghton Lake, enjoys the ice at the TUT lagoon Friday night. Family skate night will return tomorrow (Friday) for the second weekend of Tip-up Town. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) KEEPING THE TRADITION The Lapinski family, mostly from Dearborn kept their Tip-up Town tradition going by attending the 2012 festival. They stay in Meredith over the weekend. Pictured are (left to right) Ken Lapinski, Brendan Lapinski, Zach Lapinski, Jim Lapinski, Ashley Lapinski, Jerry Lapinski, James Lapinski and Jeff Suddeth of Waterford. (CHP) ICY FUN Mikhala Wagner, 5, Houghton Lake, enjoys the ice at the TUT lagoon Friday night. Family skate night will return tomorrow (Friday) for the second weekend of Tip-up Town. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) Horseshoes

In the horseshoe contests, participants could choose between traditional horseshoes and “redneck” horseshoes (toilet seats covered in duct tape).

Saturday’s winners were: Regular – First place, Luke Schmitz of Pewamo; and second place, Jim Welch of Falmouth. Redneck – First place, Bob Schmitz, Pewamo; and second place, Dave Pepper, Houghton Lake.

Sunday’s winners were: Regular – First place, Patty Priest, Ionia; and second place, Bob Schmitz. Redneck – First place, C.J. Fiedler; and Dave Pepper.

Dog contests

Inside the Family Fun Tent, the dogs were a barkin’ in the Best Dressed Pet Contest and other canine competitions.

“Best Dressed” went to “Pumpkin,” a golden retriever owned by Sally and Fred Babinchak of Harrison. Second place went to Catrina Cooper’s mut, “Grizzley.” Third in the contest was “Maggie,” a Shih Tzu owned by Angela Rice.


PUPPY PRIDE Eddie and Kayla Johns of Houghton Lake and their boxer lab mix, Yahtzee, display their first place plaque in the “Wacky Dog Race” Saturday in the Family Fun Tent. Small dogs, large dogs and talented dogs competed in several contests with the help of their owners. (CHP) PUPPY PRIDE Eddie and Kayla Johns of Houghton Lake and their boxer lab mix, Yahtzee, display their first place plaque in the “Wacky Dog Race” Saturday in the Family Fun Tent. Small dogs, large dogs and talented dogs competed in several contests with the help of their owners. (CHP) Placing first in the Wacky Dog Race was “Yahtzee,” a female boxer mix owned by Kayla Johns of Houghton Lake. Second and third place went to Ron Acker’s “Harley,” a peekapoo, and Joanne Smith’s “Nina,” a Havanese, respectively.

Acker and “Harley” won the musical chairs contest, while Mark Flandorfer and “Rambo” won the dog bone contest. Other awards went to: Pam Acton (no dog name given) for the high jump; “Nina” for the best trick; “Grizzley” for the most unique; “Bruno,” a teacup Yorkie, owned by Mike Earley for smallest; and “Pumpkin” for largest.


OVERVIEW OF TUT FIRST WEEKEND The first weekend of Tip-up Town, U.S.A. which was held Jan. 20-22 was determined to be a safe weekend by Roscommon County Sheriff Randy Stevenson. The weekend included events like the carnival, children’s games, the bed race, grand parade, 5K race and events in the family fun tent. The weekend also featured the first ever TUT wedding with the marriage of Roger Fyvie and Ann Joseph in a “fairy tale” wedding. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater, Vantage point by Chris Ambrose, Houghton Lake Airport Director) OVERVIEW OF TUT FIRST WEEKEND The first weekend of Tip-up Town, U.S.A. which was held Jan. 20-22 was determined to be a safe weekend by Roscommon County Sheriff Randy Stevenson. The weekend included events like the carnival, children’s games, the bed race, grand parade, 5K race and events in the family fun tent. The weekend also featured the first ever TUT wedding with the marriage of Roger Fyvie and Ann Joseph in a “fairy tale” wedding. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater, Vantage point by Chris Ambrose, Houghton Lake Airport Director) Kids’ Medallion

The Kids’ Medallion, located on the TUT site, was found by Delaney Patridge, 7, St. Clair Shores.

Tip-up Town will wrap up this weekend, Jan. 27-29 at Houghton Lake. For information visit the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce web site, www.houghtonlakechamber.net or call 366- 5644.


A VIEW FROM THE TOP Hannan Kramarczyk (left) and Sage Ersktwin, both of Howell take a ride on the ferris wheel during the first weekend of TUT on Jan. 21. The rides for the Carnival on Ice were provided by Schmidt Amusements and included a motorcycle ride, swings, a fun house and several other attractions including games. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) A VIEW FROM THE TOP Hannan Kramarczyk (left) and Sage Ersktwin, both of Howell take a ride on the ferris wheel during the first weekend of TUT on Jan. 21. The rides for the Carnival on Ice were provided by Schmidt Amusements and included a motorcycle ride, swings, a fun house and several other attractions including games. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) The Resorter’s Tip-up Town News is available at the festival site, area businesses and the Resorter’s Houghton Lake office. A downloadable version can be found on the Resorter’s web site, www.houghtonlakeresorter.com.



THIS WEEKEND, ICE PERMITTING (Left) The Houghton Lake Lake Association postponed the Ice Fishing Contest for the first TUT weekend due to uncertain ice conditions on Houghton Lake. The Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office advised visitors, especially snowmobilers, to Tip-up Town to stay off the ice. Ice permitting, the contest prizes will be awarded this weekend at the Tipup Town site. Individual contests have several classes: Walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch and bluegill/sunfish. The largest “total catch” contest has two classes, walleye and northern pike, and panfish combo (rock bass, crappie, perch and bluegill/sunfish). (CHP) THIS WEEKEND, ICE PERMITTING (Left) The Houghton Lake Lake Association postponed the Ice Fishing Contest for the first TUT weekend due to uncertain ice conditions on Houghton Lake. The Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office advised visitors, especially snowmobilers, to Tip-up Town to stay off the ice. Ice permitting, the contest prizes will be awarded this weekend at the Tipup Town site. Individual contests have several classes: Walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch and bluegill/sunfish. The largest “total catch” contest has two classes, walleye and northern pike, and panfish combo (rock bass, crappie, perch and bluegill/sunfish). (CHP)

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