Gaylord ready for Alpenfest 2022 despite May tornado


The 57th Alpenfest in Gaylord is a week full of fun activities for all.

Businesses and volunteers are preparing for the large crowds that are expected.

“We had record crowds here last year, and we expect even more people this year, joining us for the fun and activities, here at the festival,” said Alpen Fest 2022 Chairman, Ken Mattei.

Mattei has been working with Alpenfest for 10 years now. He has been very active in the community, having previously served as president of the chamber.

“Alpenfest is a combination of lots of fun, lots of memories and lots of good times,” he says. “Being with your friends, family and friends traveling to Northern Michigan to enjoy the Gaylord area.”

Mattei spent Monday helping put the finishing touches on the pavilion on the grounds where there will be live entertainment as well as food and other vendors.

Next door, CRAVE Pizzeria is gearing up for a steady stream of diners, as it has in the past.

“People have nicknames for it, but honestly it’s just about getting through it, making sure you’re prepared enough, stuff like that,” says manager Stacey Kosch. “But it’s definitely the busiest time of the year.”

They will create ready-to-go meals of cheese and pepperoni pizza and cheese bread.

A few doors down, Snowbelt Brewing Co. is also gearing up for nonstop patrons, too busy to keep up with all the foot traffic they’re getting.

“You make money in the summer months and then in the winter months, it depends on the snow,” says owner Angelina Mullenberg. “Your locals definitely guide you – people just travel. But yes your summer months, Alpenfast, 4th of July, the whole of July is very busy.

Mullenberg has owned Snowbelt for six years, as many Alpenfests as she has experienced as a business owner. But nothing prepared her for the experience of helping her staff and neighbors after the devastating May 20 tornado.

“It’s really heartwarming to see at a time like this Downtown, all of us here at Gaylord, the support,” Mullenberg said. “A lot of us knew each other, a lot of us maybe didn’t know each other, even though we’re such a small town. But during this situation, we just got together and helped each other.

The Gaylord Alpenfest 2022 begins on Tuesday July 12 and ends on Saturday July 16. For more information on events and times, go here.

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