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  • Mid-Michigan's Favorite BeerFest Returns

    Recently voted “Best Local Event” by local beer aficionados, Portland Downtown Executive Director Tina ConnerWellman is excited to be part of #BeerOnBridge.

    "I get to work with great promoters and outstanding volunteers. It’s exciting to see the community come together to welcome visitors from everywhere, all enjoying each other’s company in a fun and inviting environment.   I see why it was voted ‘Best Local Event.’ Cheers to great tastes!” said ConnerWellman.

    It’s about the people and, of course, the craft beer, wine, cider, soda and, for the first time, spirits - all provided by fermented and distilled artisans including American Fifth Spirits, Arbor Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, BrickHaven Brewery, ConfluxCity Brewing Company, Cranker’s Brewery, EagleMonk Pub and Brewery, Ellison Brewery, Dark Horse Brewery, Grand Armory Brewing, Lansing Brewing Company, Looking Glass Brewing Company, Leelanau Cellars, Ridge Cider Company, The Sanctuary, Saugatuck Brewing Company, Schmohz Brewery, and Tabor Hill Winery.

    Also featured each year is a new flavor brewed just for this event ~ Portland Strong signature beer.   

    Unique eats are provided by a variety of food trucks and caterers.  Live music always completes the ambiance.  However, it’s about more than the drinks, food and music, according to festival promoter Eric Proctor.

    “The boardwalk, bridge, and park surrounding the river are what separates this festival from other beer festivals out there. At the end of the day, a beer festival is a beer festival. However, Beerfest on the Bridge has one of the most vibrant atmospheres,” said Proctor.

    Portland City Manager Tutt Gorman agrees.

    “Beerfest on the Bridge has become a hallmark event that showcases our historic downtown and local landmarks — the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the boardwalk overlooking the Grand River,” says Gorman. “We are extremely proud of our community and what it has to offer and look forward to showing it off.”

    This festival is held on the historic metal truss bridge that has been in continuous use since 1890. The bridge offers a historic and exciting entrance into downtown Portland.

    The earlier you buy - the more you save!  VIP entry gives an extra 'first hour' (2pm entry) of beer fest and 15 tasting tickets with a logo lasting glass.  General Admission begins at 3pm with logo tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets.  

    Save 1/2 off Day of General Admission  & 40% off VIP early April - Mid May or until this limited batch is sold out
    $20 General Admit   $30 VIP   Online Purchases Only  

    Save 35% Summer Savings  mid-May  -  early July   (or until this limited batch is sold out)
    $25 General Admit    $35 VIP  Online or at Portland Party Store

    Regular Pricing starts in July and ends when sold out or midnight the evening before the event.
    $30 General Admit    $40 VIP

    Any Tickets still Available Day of are sold at the gate only
    $40 General Admit    $50 VIP

    Designated Driver Tickets: $10 
    Non Alcoholic, 6 Tickets for water or craft soda and collectors 16 oz glass.

    For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, visit beeronbridge.com.

  • Holiday Fest Participation .18

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    Name: Holiday Fest Participation .18
    Date: December 3, 2018
    Registration: Register Now
    Event Description:

    Saturday December 8, 2018
     
    Be a part of Positively Portland and promote your business at the same time!  
    There are so many opportunities - Register with the link above for everything you plan to be involved in:

    Window Decorating Contest - Nov 16th    Theme:  "Ugly Sweater Holiday Party"  1st place $150  /  2nd place $100  / 3rd place $50
    (Winners Announced Monday Nov 19)

    Snowball Drop - Saturday Dec 8 @ 4pm.  Guests who collect a snowball with the number corresponding to your business redeems it for prizes or discounts at your business that evening.  (your hours of operation extend to 6:30pm)  50 Snowballs will be dropped with your number, and we also ask that you collect names, phone numbers, and emails either on numbered sign up sheets, or entry slips to draw one Grand Prize offered by your business (valued at $20 or more).  Small prizes exchanged for 'snowballs' are distributed during Holiday Fest and your open hours through Wed Dec 12.

    Carriage Rides - with a sign promoting your business.  All Sponsorships Taken :)
    1 smaller logo sign on one side of wagon (1 taken, 1 available)      $125
    2 signs - one on each side                         (3 spots avail)                $250
    Exclusive Sponsorship*                                                             
          $700
    *includes ride in 6pm Parade with Santa & Mrs Claus

    Sponsorship  $100
    Wish the community a wonderful holiday season with your logo displayed on your choice of:
    • Full page, full color ad (Sentinel Standard Holiday Wrap-Wed before Tanksgiving to 18,000 homes)       
    • OR  full color double sided yard sign along Kent & Bridge St where activities occur from Wed before to Wed after HolidayFest
    • BOTH for one low price of $150
    Host an open house 4-6:30pm.  Activities for hosting can include: refreshments, live music, special offers, door prizes, cookie decorating, etc.  
    • Detail open house activities in comment section for inclusion in official HolidayFest  Schedule of Events.  Please include any earlier or later hours (4-6:30pm) of operation for December 8.  

    Light it up and be in the Parade! Our Light Parade kicks off promptly at 6pm! 
    • Leave your greeting or information in the comment section. 
    • Details will be sent out about a week ahead of time by email to the person or emial address registered.  
    Location:
    Register here to celebrate your business or organization with the community!  Parade, Window Decorating, SnowBall Drop, Open House, Sponsorship

    Portland Kent & Bridge Street areas and area businesses. 
    Date/Time Information:
    Saturday Dec 8, 2018
    9-11am  Breakfast with Santa

    4-6:30pm Community Downtown Activities
    Contact Information:
    517-647-5027
    Fees/Admission:
    FREE
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