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Grand River Cruise. Ionia, MI. Hover-In

When:
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 12:30 PM until Sunday, June 25, 2017, 5:00 PM
Where:
Ionia Fair grounds, Ionia, MI on the Grand River
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317 S. Dexter street
Ionia, MI  48846

(517) 902-4810
Contact:
Randy Loveland
616-826-5349
Category:
Cruising events
Registration is recommended
Registrants & Fees
No Fee
No Fee

 

This event used to be at the Lowell 4-H fairgrounds, but has now moved to the Ionia Fair ground location on the Grand River. 

About the Event:
The Grand River Hover-in provides an opportunity for Hovercraft enthusiasts to come enjoy a relaxing weekend of cruising and fellowship. Located on the Grand River, Ionia is located between Lowell to the west and Lyons to the east. This Hover-in gathers many hovercrafters from the state of Michigan as well as neighboring states, and people arrive from as far away as Kentucky and Pennsylvania to take part in this event.

 

Schedule of Events:

Here is the schedule of events for the Mid-Michigan hover event in Ionia Michigan, the times are approximate we want it to be a laid back fun cruise weekend. Saturday the 24th. we are looking at 11:30 to 12:00 unloading, look at the launch site then we will hover up to Lyons MI. approx. 12 miles.  We will return back to Ionia and refuel we will then go to lunch at Oliveras, an Italian restaurant within walking distance of the launch site. 
After lunch we will hover down to Grand Rapids veterans park this will be approx. a 30 mile trip one way.  There is a parking area  and boat ramp there we can get out and stretch for a few and then head back up to Ionia. After returning we will have dogs on the grill and Georges award winning chili with a campfire to follow.  
  
On Sunday the 25th. we will get started around 9:30 with a breakfast hover to Germains in Saranac, we will park at the city boat launch and walk a short distance to the restaurant. after breakfast we will hover down to veterans park in Grand Rapids then head back to Ionia with a stop at Lowell if you choose. 
After returning to Ionia you can go up to the Burger King and get lunch or a frozen treat, after BK its your time to enjoy before heading home. 
At the Lowell fair grounds on Saturday they are having a blue-grass music festival that is why our event could not be held there, but you are free to stop by and take in the sights if there is room to get up the boat launch and park.   
There will be camping at the Ionia Fair Grounds the cost is $5.00 primitive $20.00 water and electric.  You must pre-register before the event. you can go to the Ionia Free Fair website and register and pay at this time. Shirts will also be available at the event for $15.00 please let me know how many and what sizes are needed before the event so we can have them made.  We will have a few extras but we do not want to have a lot of stock left over.  George and I are looking forward to seeing some old friends and hoping to meet many new ones.  

 

The Dam at Lyons provides an opportunity to test your courage. We DO NOT recommend that you try this!!

Unique to this Hover-in, is the participation of our friend Ron Miller and his rescue Air boat (which has been used numerous times for rescuing hovercraft)

 

Lodging Information:
Camping (tent or motorhome) is available right at the launch site. The only expense is $15/$20 camping fee per night. BBQ, hot dogs and a bonfire are provided Saturday night. The fairgrounds have bathroom and shower facilities available.  For more details contact Randy Loveland or Mike McFarland 


Where is Ionia, MI.?

Dexter St. and M-66 are the same street.If you are coming across I-96 you will get off at exit 67 that will be the Battle Creek and Ionia exit you will go north approx. 8 miles as you descend down the hill into  Ionia the Fair Grounds will be on the left side of the road we will have signs to the parking area and launch site.