Tip Up Town USA

66th Tip-Up Town USA "Shanty Town"

January 23-24 & January 30-31, 2016

Houghton Lake, Michigan

Hosted by the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce & the Official Sponsors of Tip Up Town USA 2016

  • Tip-Up Town USA 2016

    It's hard to put into words how Tip Up Town USA has come to be the very description of winter fun and enjoyment for the whole family at Houghton Lake. Thousands of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and neighboring residents return each year to see this largest Winter Festival in Michigan. Don't miss this fun-filled family event. We are looking forward to having you as our guests.


    Download Tip-Up-Town 2016 Info & Event Schedule (pdf 3.16 mb)Visit Tip-Up-Town's FacebookTip-Up Town Documents - Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce


    TUT Map
    Event & Vender Map Key
    • 1. Badge Booth2. Badge Booth3. Badge Booth4. Vendor Row (Food & Merchandise)5. Security Booth6. Shuttle Drop-off / Pick-up7. Family Fun Tent8. Prize Wheel9. Ice Slide

    • 10. Outdoor Stage11. Horseshoes12. Information Booth13. Post Office14. Pony Rides15. Fishing Contest16. Petting Zoo17. Poker Run18. Men's Warming Tent

    • 19. Women's Warming Tent20. Wood Carving Demos21. Polar Bear Dip22. Vintage Snowmobiles23. Dog Sled Weight Pulls24. Carnival25. Reindeer26. Casting Contest27. Jail

  • Official Tip Up Town 2016 Sponsors

    a special thank you to all of our sponsors who help support & promote Tip-Up Town USA


    Walleye Sponsors

    HOME DEPOT OF HLWUPS 98.592.1 THE TWISTERFICK 'N SONS

    Pike Sponsors

    K. STRAUB BUILDERS

    Bass Sponsors

    WALMART OF HLMIDMICHIGAN HEALTHCHEMICAL BANKTV 7&4 AND 29&8LYMAN'S ON THE LAKEMILLER'S LAKESHORE RESORT

    PENNEY'S LUMBERHART FORD LINCOLN MERCURYHART BUICK-GMCSPICER'S BOAT CITYHOUGHTON LAKE RESORTER

    Bluegill Sponsors

    ROSCOMMON TOWNSHIPNESTER CHEVROLETVIP Marketing & PublishingFamily FareAll Shores Heating & A/CHungry Howies

    R&J Best Choice MarketLakeside Resort & Conference CenterDenton TownshipSteven’s ConcreteHL Community Schools

    Diebold InsuranceBuccilli’s PizzaCamping WorldAusable MediaO’Reilly Auto Parts

    JD'S Custom PaintHACKER’S YAMAHAFrontier

    Perch Sponsors

    Arnie’s Arts & CraftsColdwell BankerLil’ WilliesRepublic WasteSouth Shore Animal HospitalChristler Funeral Home

    Berg Martin InsuranceLakeland RecreationAl & Patricia CambridgeCashaway SupplyAdam’s Quality DrywallEddy Seamless Gutters

    Bigford ConcreteFox PlumbingAll Weather Seal

    Other Sponsors

    ReMax of Higgins LakeMcGregor ChiropracticWakaigan ShoresSuperior Auto GlassKabintree ConceptsJoe’s Hydro

    The Pet ParlorSpikehornNorthlineExpress.comStarla ShullMarilou MacKenzieDr. Messenger

    The HairportSave-A-LotTractor SupplyChase BankNorth Central Area Credit Union

  • TUT Snowmobile Race
  • Tip-Up Town USA 2016 Badge
    Tip-Up Town Badge ~ $10

    * Free Parking & Shuttle to the Site* Free Carnival Rides* Free Pony Rides* Free Petting Zoo* Horseshoes* Family Fun Tent Admission (Continuous family entertainment)* Admission into adult beverage tent* Giant Ice Slide* Free Games on Outdoor Stage* Kids Medallion Hunt* Ice Fishing Contest* IWPA Sanctioned Dog Sled Weight Pulls


    In ADDITION to badge, extra fees are required for: Polar Bear Dip, 5K Fun Run/Walk, Food/Beverages of Your Choice

    ** All events weather permitting

  • 2016 Event Schedule

    BADGE REQUIRED FOR SITE ENTRY & ALL EVENTS (All events weather permitting)

    Saturday, January 9

    6:00Tip Up Town Kick-Off (Houghton Lake High School)

    Thursday, January 21

    4:00Medallion Hunt Clues Begin

    Friday, January 22

    12:00 - 4:00Snowmobile Drags6:00 - 10:00Tailgate Party at Beverage Tent with Uncle Groovy

    Saturday, January 23

    9:455K Fun Run 10:00Grand Parade 10:00 - 4:00Snowmobile Drag Races11:30Winning floats arrive at Tip Up Town Site 12:00 - 6:00Beverage Tent with Live Music with Melodic 12:00Flag Raising 1:00 - 3:00 Grillin Guys BBQ Demonstration (at stage)12:00 - 4:00Oldsmobile Outdoor Club’s Kids’ Casting Contest 12:00 - 5:00Family Fun Tent, TUT Merchandise, Carnival Rides & Games, Ice Slide, Vendors, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Red Neck Horseshoes, Live Reindeer Exhibit, Antique Snowmobile Display, Ice Fishing Contest DUSKFireworks

    Sunday, January 24

    10:00 - 1:00Ice Fishing Contest Weigh-In 11:00Church Service 12:00 - 4:00Family Fun Tent, Prize Wheel, Carnival Rides & Games, Vendors, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Redneck Horseshoes12:00 - 4:00 Centershot Archery Demonstrations in Beverage Tent Beverage Tent closed for alcohol)

    Friday, January 29

    6:00 - 10:00Tailgate Party with “Revolver” at Beverage Tent

    Saturday, January 30

    10:00Ice Sculpting Judging (Weather permitting) 11:00 - 6:00Beverage Tent with Live Music by “ Revolver," Family Fun Tent, TUT Merchandise, Prize Wheel Carnival Vendors, Pony rides, Petting Zoo Reindeer Exhibit, Ice Slide, Horseshoes, Ice Fishing Contest, Red Neck Horseshoes, Chain Saw Carving, Kids Medallion Hunt, IWPA Sanctioned Dog Sled Weight Pulls 11:00 - 1:00Mike Avery Outdoor Sports Program11:00 - 4:00Spicer’s Boat City Poker Run12:00 - 4:00Oldsmobile Outdoor Club's Kids' Casting Contest1:00Polar Bear Dip DUSKFireworks

    Sunday, January 31

    10:00 - 1:00Ice Fishing Contest Weigh-In 11:00Church Service 12:00 - 4:00Family Fun Tent, Carnival Vendors, Ice Slide, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Horseshoes, Red Neck Horseshoes, Reindeer Exhibit, Sanctioned Dog Sled Weight Pulls


    2016 Family Fun Tent Schedule
    • Saturday, January 23

      10:305K Run/Walk Contestants Begin Arriving 11:30 - 12:00Floats Begin Arriving 12:00Opening Ceremonies 12:15 - 12:30Parade Awards 12:00 - 4:00Fun & Games with Diversity Entertainment, Children’s Activities, Twister Joe - America’s Favorite Balloon Artist 3:00Chili Cook-off Judging

    • Sunday, January 24

      11:00 - 12:00Church Service 12:00 - 4:00Fun & Games with Diversity Entertainment 1:00 - 1:45Joel Tacey’s Tip Top Entertainment 3:00 - 3:45Joel Tacey’s Tip Top Entertainment

    • Saturday, January 30

      12:00 - 4:00Fun & Games with Diversity Entertainment, Children’s Activities

    • Sunday, January 31

      11:00 - 12:00Church Service 12:00 - 4:00Fun & Games with Diversity Entertainment 12:00 - 4:00Appearances by Neil Sauter the Michigan Stilt Walker 3:00Rob Cook-off Judging


    2016 Outdoor Stage Schedule
    • Saturday, January 23 & 30

      11:45National Anthem (12:00 2nd Saturday)12:101st Kid's Medallion Hunt (clues read every 1/2 hour) 12:15Hula Hoop, Fish Flop 12:303 Legged Race 12:45Fish Ring Toss 1:15Dog Costume & Trick Show (1st weekend only) 1:15Tip Up Toss (2nd weekend only) 1:45Bubble Gum Bubble Blowing, Cracker Whistle, Fish Impressions 2:00Tip Up Toss (1st weekend only) 2:30Fish Hole (2:45 2nd weekend) 2:30Brother of the Bush, Most TUT Badges, Best Badge Display (2nd weekend only) 3:15Human Reel, Reverse Fishing 3:45Egg Toss (3:30 2nd weekend) 4:15Pie Eating Contest (4:30 2nd weekend) 5:00Tug of War

    • Sunday, January 24 & 31

      12:00National Anthem 12:05Tip Up Toss 12:30Shanty Town Shenanigans (3 Legged Race, Bubble Gum Bubble Blowing, Cracker Whistle, Fish Impressions, Reverse Fishing) 1:00Fishing Contest Winners Announced 1:45Fish Hole 2:45Egg Toss 3:15Pie Eating Contest 4:00Tug of War