Fish boil, pancake breakfast return to Manistee National Forest Festival

MANISTEE — For decades one of the best parts of the Manistee National Forest Festival has been the opportunity for the public to enjoy some events that serve good food.

Those opportunities have been limited for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are coming back strong in their traditional format for the 2022 festival. There is also a new event that should be great fun for the kids this year.

ice cream eating contest

That new addition to the Forest Festival schedule is the Ice Cream Eating competition sponsored by Downtown Delights. It will take place at 1 pm on July 3 in the parking area by their River Street location.


“It’s an ice cream eating contest, and there will be three age categories and each age group will have seven minutes to eat as much vanilla ice cream as they can,” said Downtown Delight’s owner Tracy Judkins. “The winners will get a trophy and a gift certificate to Downtown Delights.”

Judkins said she has been hoping to do a contest of this nature for some time and people began inquiring how to enter the event several weeks in advance. There is no admission fee to enter.

“This is something I wanted to do from the time we first opened, so I just decided to go for it and see how it went over,” said Judkins. “People need to come into our shop to register and it is limited to the first 15 participants that register in each age group.”

Judkins said she hopes July 3 will be nice and warm to entice the entrants to go all out in their ice cream eating efforts.

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