Summer Events Spotlight Competition, Flowers & Fun
Posted: Jul 17th, 2019
Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Grandpa Tiny’s Farm Host August Events
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 17, 2019 – The first weekend of August in Frankenmuth will see some amazing athletic competitions as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Frankenmuth River Place Shops host two annual sporting contests drawing participants from across Michigan and the United States. At the same time, sunflower-lovers can enjoy a day at Grandpa Tiny’s Farm and a unique outdoor dinner.
First up, Aug. 3-4 is the nationally-sanctioned triathlon event TRI-BAVARIA, which pushes competitors to the limits of endurance through a combination of swimming, cycling and running along rural roadways, through the streets of Frankenmuth and in the Cass River, beginning and ending at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.
Starting on Saturday, Aug. 3 with the Little Bavaria Kids Splash and Dash for ages six to 14, the competition kicks into high gear on Sunday, Aug. 4 with five adult triathlon and aqua bike events beginning at 7:45 a.m. The highlight is the Olympic Triathlon that includes a 1.5k swim, a 40k bike and a 10k run. A Sprint Triathlon features the return of the favorite 5k run course, a 20k bike and a 500m swim.
The TRI-BAVARIA weekend is organized by the national sport events company 3Disciplines and is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. More information is available at www.3disciplines.com.
At the same time on Saturday, Aug. 3, the challenge will be on in the parking lot north of Frankenmuth River Place Shops to find the strongest man and woman during the sixth annual Michigan Strongest Man and Woman Competition.
The free event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes a series of five unique exercises like a keg toss, yoke lift, stone over bar and vehicle dead-lifts, all to crown the top contestants in each of eight divisions. The competition will also serve as an official Strongman Games Qualifier.
As a part of the new Frankenmuth Flower Festival, Grandpa Tiny’s Farm will offer a wonderful Sunflower Festival, including a sunflower you-pick, a flower fun color run and a rare opportunity to enjoy a wine-paired farm to table dinner next to the sunflowers out on the farm.
These new Dinners in the Sunflowers feature a menu prepared by the superb chefs of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Tickets are $70 per person and you must be 21 years or older. The first dinner will be on Aug. 2. Diners can go to Facebook for further event information and to get tickets.
About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating over 130 years of service, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities make a trip to Frankenmuth incomplete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.
Nestled along the Cass River in Frankenmuth is one of the state's largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children's play village and Willy's Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.
An authentic re-creation of a German-themed village, located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 35 unique shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities. River Place Shops hosts a full year of festival and events, learn more at http://frankenmuthriverplace.com