First Saturday of November
Starting Line :
Island Lake Road
Kalkaska, MI 49646
Bell's Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge
Bell's Beer Iceman Cometh Challenge is a point to point mountain bike race held traditionally on the first Ssturday of November. The race begins in downtown Kalkaska, Michigan and finishes thirty miles late at Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort on the eastern edge of Traverse City, Michigan. The course consists primarily of dirt roads, two-tracks, abandoned railroad beds and the world famous Vasa Nordic ski trail. It crosses only one pave road as it winds through the breathtaking terrain of the Pere Marquesttte State Forest in Northen Lower Michigan.
The event includes additional bike races, The Meijer Slush Cup and The Meijer Sno-Cone. The Slush Cup offers beginning riders with a half frozen version of the Bell's Beer Iceman. Approximately 8 miles long, the Slush Cup starts at Timber Ridge Resort, follows the Vasa 10K ski trail and then merges with the Bell's Beer Iceman trail before winding up back at Timber Ridge Resort.
The Meijer Sno-Cone is geared for riders 10 & under who want to discover the thrill of bike racing. Each participant receives a medal, number plate and stickers.
KAIR Festival of Trees
Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resource Festival of Trees
The Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR) Festival of Trees will be held from Saturday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day (through 3 p.m. on Nov. 21). The popular free exhibit will be on display at Northland Plaza, corner of M-72 and US-131 in Kalkaska.
The event will include decorated trees, including an American Girl Doll with clothes and accessories, trees featuring minions and emoji characters – and more, along with wreaths, raffle items and a silent auction. All items are available by purchasing raffle tickets or placing silent auction bids. .