Ferndale Pub Crawl Returns for 16th Year

By |2018-01-16T08:49:41-05:00July 26th, 2012|Entertainment|

One of the most popular and anticipated events in Ferndale returns July 27. The Annual Ferndale Pub Crawl will again be held the last Friday of July, and this year the number of participants is expected, again, to reach 2,000. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. at Boogie Fever on Woodward in downtown Ferndale. Participants must be at least 21 years of age.
The Pub Crawl began 16 years ago with 36 people walking to the half dozen bars in downtown Ferndale. Created then by a group called FANS of Ferndale, the event grew every year with more people and more clubs and venues, as the renaissance of Ferndale took place. This year the crowds will visit 22 establishments. All funds raised go to four local tax-deductible charities, including the Ferndale Police Auxiliary, FernCare, Ferndale Community Foundation and the Michigan AIDS Coalition.
The event is a walking tour of the pubs, bars and restaurants in downtown Ferndale. No motor vehicles are permitted. The crowds of residents and visitors are very diverse: women and men, gay and straight, young and old, from many cities and regions of Michigan, and even other states and countries.
Crawlers travel in groups of 20 to 100, spending 20 minutes to a half hour at each venue. Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter will send off the first groups.
Craig Covey, who founded the event in 1996 as president of FANS and has managed the event since, said, “The Pub Crawl is all about fun, but it has also raised huge amounts of funds for our local charities, and it showcases Ferndale’s glittering downtown and many fine businesses.”
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased the night of the event at Boogie Fever from 6:30-9 p.m. or through volunteers in the downtown all night long. To volunteer or for other information, contact Monica Mills at 248.545.1435 ext. 117 or email her at [email protected] More information is available at http://www.FerndalePubCrawl.org or via the event’s Facebook page.

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