(Livonia, May 19, 2016) – Buy Michigan Now (BMN) is excited to announce a new event called Michigan Market & Mayhem. The weekend market is built on the success of other BMN events around the state. This one is in partnership with Charity Celebration and Frankenmuth Brewery. It is scheduled for July 16 & 17, 2016, at the Harvey Kern Pavilion at Heritage Park in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

“We’re really excited to be bring this new event to Frankenmuth, which will be fun for locals and tourists,” said BMN Founder Lisa Diggs. “Furthermore, it will prove that we can all make a difference through our spending.”

Saturday, July 16th

Day one of the family-friendly event focuses on Michigan-made products. The market will also include food, beer, games, and a variety of fun activities. It is in partnership with the Mayhem created by the popular FrankenMüdder.  The annual 3-mile run features17 challenging obstacles. Participants climb, run, crawl, and swim, much of it through mud. Admission and parking for the Market are free.

The Mayhem continues at night for those 18 and older, because a wacky fundraiser is scheduled from 8 p.m. – midnight. The Mayhem Party will include a 70s dance, with a DJ, disco balls, a laser light show. There will be dedications to Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Glen Frey, and Maurice White. Dancers will also attempt to break some dancing world records. Records in jeopardy include the Hustle, Hokey Pokey, and Bunny Hop. The world record-breaking attempts will run from 10 p.m. – 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Mayhem evening event are only $10.00 each, but only available online.

“This will be a very exciting event, so get your dancing shoes on and boogie back to the 70’s. Great music combined with an unbelievable laser light show, world dance record attempts, award-winning Frankenmuth Brewery beer available, all while supporting Michigan businesses and charities. It doesn’t get much better than that.” said co-organizer Haithem Sarafa, Executive Director of Charity Celebration.

Sunday, July 17th

The celebration continues on Sunday, July 17, 2016, when the Market reopens at 10a.m. The day’s events also include an attempt to break the world record for Maypole dancing. Dancers must wear traditional German Lederhosen or Dirndl, and be ready to dance at 2p.m. Contact Renee Lynch at 248-901-1514 or email rlynch@charitycelebration.com with questions.

Michigan Book Bash

In addition to the market and dance, there is a Michigan Book Bash, where readers can talk with Michigan authors. Guests can ask questions, buy books, and even get them autographed. Local legend, Dorothy Zehnder will be the special guest, signing copies of her latest cookbook, which is called From My Kitchen to Yours. She will be there from 1p.m.-3p.m. Authors can email fest@BuyMichiganNow.com to learn about participating.

Hours and Cost

Michigan Market & Mayhem hours are below.

MARKET-Saturday, July 16th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.–FREE
MAYHEM PARTY-Saturday, July 16th 8 p.m. to 12 MIDNIGHT – $10
MARKET-Sunday, July 17th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – FREE!


This event is sponsored by The Catalyst Company, Frankenmuth Brewery, Mousetrap Mobile, Frankenmuth Credit Union, and Emil Rummel Insurance Agency. Visit http://buymichigannow.com for sponsor details or to apply to be a vendor. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available. Email Lisa Diggs through fest@BuyMichiganNow.com.

About BMN

Buy Michigan Now is a grassroots buy local effort, that began in November of 2007. The goal is to educate people about the benefits of buying locally. Consequently, supporters will make changes and help Michigan’s economy. The website contains a directory of Michigan-based businesses and an online Grocery Guide. Visitors can also find articles on local companies. All of these tools are so that individuals can make better buying choices.

Press Questions

Media should contact Jeanne Micallef with questions or to arrange interviews. She can be reached at 248-547-5576 or Jeanne@imjcommunications.com. Photos are available upon request.

Author: bmnadmin