USCG, Wings Of Wonder to headline annual Petoskey Stone Festival

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Photo by Linda Gallagher

Adults and kids alike will also be able to look for their own Petoskey stone during the festival's annual Petoskey Stone Hunt on May 25, coordinated by regional State House Rep. Triston Cole and his family. 


EASTPORT – Rebecca Lessard and her "Wings of Wonder," the United States Coast Guard, and Antrim County's newest sheriff's deputy will headline this year's 14th Annual Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival on Saturday, May 25.

As in the past, the festival will be held at Antrim County's picturesque Barnes Park in Eastport, north of Elk Rapids near the intersection of US-31 and M-88.

“Once again, we are proud to present Rebecca Lessard, of Empire, and her fascinating Wings of Wonder raptor rehabilitation program,” said festival coordinator Stan Moore.

“Among the raptors will be several of what Rebecca calls her ‘ambassadors,’ including a turkey vulture that is quite a comic, a petite little Saw-Whet owl (Michigan’s smallest owl), and a beautiful Red-Tailed hawk – all birds that have been rehabilitated but will never be able to return to the wild as a result of their injuries. So they travel all over northern Michigan teaching people about our wild winged predators,” Moore stated.

Also returning due to popular demand will be the U.S. Coast Guard – Air Station Traverse City, who will perform a live search and rescue from one of the service's Sikorsky helicopters a over East Grand Traverse Bay off the park's sugar sand beach after "buzzing" the park just over the treetops, an event that never fails to get everyone's attention.

Other popular festival events, such as the early morning 5K Fun Run and Walk around the forested trails of the park, with all proceeds benefiting the Antrim Conservation District; Commissioner’s Stone Skipping contest conducted by "Mama Mike" Crawford, a retired Antrim County Commissioner; and annual Petoskey Stone Beach Hunt on the shores of East Grand Traverse Bay, conducted by 105th District House Rep. Triston Cole and his family will also be continued once again, Moore said.

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