After a 52-year run the Mancelona Bass Festival was set to vanish during the fall of 2007. The community and citizens of Mancelona and the surrounding areas wouldn’t let that happen. The festival was resurrected and the 53rd event took place in the summer of 2008. While things may have been a bit different, they mainly stayed the same. The Mancelona Bass Festival Inc. is dedicated to keeping local tradition alive for years to come. A lot of people have worked hard over the fifty years and giving recognition to everyone that participated and prepared for the festival in the past is a challenge.  


Fast forward to 2020 and the festival is alive and well. Attendance has increased every year since 2007, and more family friendly events are added to the schedule each year. In 2020 we are bringing back the Miss Mancelona Pageant and are excited about having our presence in many of the surrounding events that occur throughout the year in northern Michigan. Visit us at mancelonabassfestival.org


With the growth of the festival each year, the Bass Festival Committee is always looking for volunteers to help throughout the week of the festival. If you are interested, please drop us a note at mancelonabassfestival@hotmail.com. A representative from the festival will be in contact with you.


Once again, thank you for your support and we hope you have an enjoyable time at this year’s Mancelona Bass Festival!

2020 Mancelona Bass Festival Executive Committee



Ken Mattei - President

Chip Grody - Vice President

Lori Gooden - Secretary Grand Parade

Kim Crawford - Bookkeeper 

Charlene Hemp - Treasurer

Christa Boyer - Board Member Crafters and Vendors

Allen Musall - Board Member Beverage Tent, Corn Hole Tournament

Bill Koenig - Board Member Classic Car and Bike Show

Brittany Musselman - Board Member Miss Mancelona Pageant

Lori Irwin - Board Member Miss Mancelona Pageant

Randi Grody - Board member Miss Mancelona Pageant

Nicole Musall – Board member
Andy Fisher – Board member


Please contact a board member at mancelonabassfestival@hotmail.com or call 586-530-8725 for further information.


Mancelona Bass Festival King and Queen Honoree's


2019: Don and Ruth Johnson

2018: Vera Biel and Shirley Grody

2017: Margaret Chapman

2016: Neva Marconeri

2015: Elmer Grody

2014: Kathy Altrock


The Bass Festival Committee each year selects a member of our community who we feel has represented the community at it's highest standards. We also feel that the honoree has gone above a beyond the norm by donating time, energy and effort to various projects,and committee's. Their dedication benefits all the residents who reside in the community of Mancelona. Thank you for your support on behalf of the Mancelona Bass Festival and the Village of Mancelona.  

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