Camping for MI Fest is available

Sheryl Crow to perform at MI Fest on Sept. 17 at MIS

Whatever their camping needs at MI Fest (mi • fest \ mī – fest \  noun : an outdoor music festival featuring the best of Michigan’s food, industry, art and music), festival-goers will find them in the beautiful setting of the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan, on September 17, 2011.

The inaugural year of the festival – being headlined by The Raconteurs, featuring Detroit natives Jack White and Brendan Benson, and Sheryl Crow – offers a weekend to remember. With amenities ranging from fully stocked RV rentals to rustic campsites, the options for people seeking a weekend-long getaway are plentiful.

MI Fest is located on the lush grounds of Michigan International Speedway, where premier camping facilities have been available for more than 40 years. Miles of hiking trails, ponds for fishing, volleyball, brand-new bathhouses with showers and a kiddy area, ensure this will be an experience the whole family can enjoy. Cost is $35 for rustic sites and $50 for electric sites for the entire weekend; RV rentals are also available, ranging from $450 to $600.

With nearly 9,000 campsites, MIS is the largest registered campground in the State of Michigan. Camp grounds open on Friday, September 16 at 5 p.m. and close Sunday, September 18 at noon.  Once easily parked at the MIS campgrounds, festival-goers won’t need to worry about transportation to the festival grounds, as there is a convenient shuttle to the festival just across the street.

Tickets to MI Fest are priced at $79 (no hidden convenience fees). Re-entry will be allowed. Children 12 and under are free accompanied by a ticketed adult.  For festival-goers wanting a red carpet experience, VIP tickets ($109) will provide shelter, special parking, convenient entrance, separate concessions, and a chance to mingle with MI Fest performers.

Gates to MI Fest will open at noon on Saturday, September 17 with the first show starting at 1 p.m. and last show wrapping up at 11 p.m. The ticket office will be open from 11a.m.

Other artists set to appear on MI Fest’s two stages include Jeff Daniels, Alto Reed’s AllStars, Bear Lake, Hot Club of Detroit, Jill Jack, Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Marnée, Mitch Ryder, The Ben Daniels Band, The Howling Diablos, The Juliets, The Rockets, The Romantics, Ty Stone & The Truth, Whitey Morgan & The 78s. 

More than a music fest, MI Fest is a true multisensory experience. Delicious foods and drinks will be provided by many Michigan restaurants and companies, including American Coney Island and Badass Beer. The Walker Tavern Farmers Market will be on-site, along with festival memorabilia and an outdoor marketplace featuring local artisans, transforming this one-day music festival into a weekend-long excursion.  Detroit’s beloved rock magazine Creem, currently being relaunched, will be selling T-shirts and other merchandise.

In addition, there will be a MI Fest Art Gallery, curated by Mark Arminski, featuring artists Stanley Mouse, Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lungren, Sue Rynski, Leni Sinclair, Tom Weshler and Johnny Bee Badanjek – many of whom have played extensive roles in the poster and photo art of Michigan’s music scene – will display their work.

“Apart from great music, we know that MI Fest has the very best camping options to offer,” said George Gikas, president of TGIF Entertainment Group, which is organizing the festival. “Michigan International Speedway has been attracting families to its superb camping facilities for decades, creating life-long memories for people, and we know this will be a weekend to remember for all our MI Fest campers.”
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