Where Year-Round Outdoor Recreation Is at a Premium ...
LOCATED ON THE EASTERN TIP OF CHIPPEWA COUNTY, IN THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN.
Sponsor an Event
In 2016 DeTour Township began sponsoring an outdoor Christmas light contest for businesses and residents. It's a bright and beautiful time of year.
We love music, and the out doors. Check out the list of concerts we have scheduled, and what we're planning for the future.
There are other exciting things to do in town; check out our community calendar. It's a quick reference to a wide variety of activities throughout our village.
A Village Christmas
We get snow ... and we love to play in it. In the winter of 2016-2017 we began sponsoring a snowman contest. Throughout January and February each year people of all ages take to their front lawns when the snow is "just right", and build a snowman, a snow creature ... a snow anything; they snap a picture and enter our little contest.
Fish On ... Hopefully. This three day event started in 1986, and is a huge draw to anglers around the mid-west. Locally sponsored, this tournament is held on the St Mary's the first week in August. Great prizes and bragging rights ... plus the local Boy Scout Troop holds a fish fry during awards ceremony.
Since 2005 the Eastern Upper Peninsula Fine Arts Council (EUPFAC) has been hosting a Street Fair on Ontario Street in DeTour Village. On the 4th Saturday in July, between the streets of George and Midway Plaisance, many local and regional art vendors offer their creations, while a band plays soft music and a local organization(s) offers something fun to eat.
Oh what fun it is to ride ...
Each year, since 2013, DeTour Public Library hosts a festive winter hayride, where families jump on the wagon and ride around the village, filling the air with laughter and Christmas carols.
Upon returning the library, everyone is treated to a movie, popcorn, and hot chocolate.
It's been going on for what seems forever ... Santa arrives in town about 5:30 Christmas Eve. He jumps aboard one of our fire trucks and travels the village streets, spreading good cheer.
At 6:00pm he stops at the Fire Hall, where he spends time with children who have gathered.
By 7:15 he is back in the air enroute to another village, and more boys and girls.
Oh what fun we have on the first Saturday in December. From pancake breakfast with Santa, specials at businesses throughout town, arts and craft events at community halls, and many patrons mingling along the streets enjoying Christmas spirit and decorations. A Village Christmas has been a DeTour Village tradition since 2005, and is a kickoff to the holidays.
on Our Trails
Festivals & Gatherings
If you're interested in sponsorship of a local event like a concert, festival, or activity, please call Marilyn McGuire at Village Hall 906-297-5471 or Susie Baker at 269-501-5160 .
Santa In Town
Friends Giving to Friends ... A tree is set up each year at one of our local businesses. It is decorated with only clothes pins. Friends throughout the community stop by and "pin" mittens, hats, scarfs and such to the tree. All gathered decorations (gifts) are donated to friends in need throughout our community.
Light Up the Village
Fourth Saturday in July
If you're coming to town to enjoy one of our concerts, plays or festivals and need some place to stay, check out our list of warm and cozy places to rent .
In 2016 local residents began transforming a few loops of our snowshoe trails into a spooky trail, with a goal of frightening kids (and adults) of all ages. After a loop around our haunted trail folks gather around a warm bonfire and share a scary story or two. Join us on the 3rd Saturday in October. We have two trails: a Spooky Trail and a Not So Spooky Trail ... decide what your spook level is ...
In 2015 we decided to enjoy a winter evening together ... outside. Hosted by local residents on the first Saturday evening in March, this DeTour Village winter festival provides participants a lantern lit snow shoe trail, a warm bonfire, hot dogs and hot chocolate. It's a real "cool" event enjoyed by many.
Spook Night &
In 2015 we officially began a celebration of the St Mary's River ... the St. Mary's River has been the livelihood of our community for over 100 years. Held on the first Saturday in August each year from 10am to 10pm, you will enjoy food, fun, and music for all ages. In addition, we have special appearances from various specialty boats, and river tours. This event gains momentum each year.
Places to Stay
We've enjoyed Trick or Treat and Trunk or Treat in DeTour Village for years and years, and we see no end in sight. It's held October 31st each year, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
It's fun for the kids, sure ... but the adults love it too. Residents and businesses fill up their candy bowls, turn on their porch lights, and eagerly await the little ones. Kids, from far and wide, roll in to DeTour searching for the "good stuff". They travel from door to door, run from business to business, and hustle through the Trunk or Treat section (set up at Union Church) all in an effort to fill up their loot bags.
Street Art Fair
A long standing tradition in the village, DeTour celebrates America's Independence Day on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of each July.
We have children's games, multiple concerts, a parade, float contest, fire works, cook-outs, 5k run, and much, much more.
Last Minute Shopping
We are always looking for additional people to share their fresh ideas, talents and time with us. We meet at 6pm on the 1st Monday of each month at DeTour Village Hall.
If you're interested in learning more about our committee, of you're interested in joining us, please call Susie Baker at 269-501-5160.
Trick or Treat