Cheboygan County Puddingstone Festival
The third annual “Puddingstones of Cheboygan County” festival will be held on
August 5 and 6, 2016 at the Festival Square in downtown Cheboygan, Michigan. Come celebrate this unique, highly collectible stone conglomerate. It was so named by the British on St. Joseph’s Island in the St. Mary’s river in the 1700’s because of its resemblance to their native boiled suet pudding. It is found in only a few states, Ontario and England! In fact it is the official State Stone of Massachusetts. Cheboygan County just happens to be blessed with a vast number of them, ranging in size from tiny pebbles to huge boulders.
There will many other interesting stones displayed, including the Petoskey stone. Lapidary clubs, stone and mineral exhibitors will be displaying their wares. A geocaching event, and an Easter-egg style puddingstone hunt for children will be held in conjunction with the festival. Live music will be provided in the evening. A presentation by the Northland Players of the children’s “Stone Soup” story about how a town comes together through the kind acts of its children will be performed at Festival Square Saturday afternoon. There will also be a suet pudding baking contest. So find a recipe for this unique treat and enter to win a prize for your cullinary skills. Also, we will be having a photo contest of best use of puddingstones in a landsacpe.
Those of you who would proudly like to show off your own favorite puddingstone may bring it for a juried contest. There will be a variety of categories this year, including “most red in a stone”, “most unique shape”, “images seen in a stone” as well as “best in show.” Or, you may wish to display a sample of your collection.
We hope you will come join us for an interesting and informative festival celebrating one of the many unique features of Cheboygan County!