Pre-Convention Tours

*** We still have available tickets for the following tours for purchase:

Mackinac Island Tour
Tall Ship Excursion **special note: the Blue Angels will be flying over during this event.
Float the Platte River
Lighthouse Tour
Lavender Farm Tour
Host Day Farm Tours
Sport Fishing Tour

These tickets are only available for those who are already registered for the convention. You can purchase these tickets at registration at the convention (Cash or Check ONLY).

Wheel  Lake Michigan Sport Fishing - Friday, June 29
in Ludington, Michigan (Space limited) - 5:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join other Holstein breeders in a half day of salmon fishing. Leaving from the premier salmon fishing port on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan aboard Coast Guard inspected boats captained by licensed crews, you will likely experience the thrill of battling one or all of the five cold water species of fish (King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Trout or Brown Trout), that keep the sport fishing industry alive and vibrant in Ludington. Upon returning to the dock, you will enjoy a shore lunch featuring the catch of the day.

For those who wish, they can stay in Ludington Thursday evening, June 28th, and stay at the Comfort Inn, 5323 W US-10 Ludington, MI 49431, 231-845-7004. Mention the National Holstein Convention and you will get the reduced rate of $124 for a room with 2 queen beds.  For questions contact Ike Hunt 989 307-0987 or ikegmf@aol.com.


Sport fishing

Wheel  Mackinac Island - Saturday, June 30
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Space limited

Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island Tour Schedule - June 30:
6:45 a.m. Board Bus at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
7:00 a.m. Depart hotel, cross Mackinac Bridge and head to Star Line Ferry
Leaving from Dock #2 – Star Line Ferry
5:00 p.m. Board Bus at Star Line Ferry
5:15 p.m. Depart St. Ignace, cross Mackinac Bridge and return to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
9:00 p.m. Arrive back at resort

Board your bus and enjoy the 100-mile trip through beautiful northern Michigan to the Straits of Mackinac and the five-mile long Mackinac bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. After crossing the bridge that joins the two peninsulas of Michigan, you will board a passenger ferry at St. Ignace for the ride to Mackinac Island.

Upon arrival on the island, a horse drawn carriage (there are no motorized vehicles on the island) will give you and your tour mates a 90-minute tour of the island ending at the historic Grand Hotel for a lunch buffet. After lunch, and perhaps a stroll down the porch of the hotel, a horse drawn taxi will take you to Fort Mackinac, founded in 1780. After a tour of the fort, it’s a short walk to downtown for some fudge tasting that the island is famous for or shopping for souvenirs. A ferry ride back to your bus completes the fun filled day.

Mackinac Island
Island Features:

Mackinac Island State Park For sheer, intense beauty and grandeur, the Mackinac State Park is one of Mother Nature's most awe-inspiring treasures. Encompassing over 80% of Mackinac Island, the park offers the following attractions.

Fort Mackinac during the American Revolution, the British captured the Fort in the very first engagement on American soil in the War of 1812. Inside, 14 original buildings, cannon salutes, bugle music, daily reenactments, and interactive displays speak of America's infancy. Located on a bluff that overlooks the entrancing Straits of Mackinac. Tours, exhibits and demonstrations.

Fort Holmes After the British and their allies captured Fort Mackinac during the War of 1812, they quickly built a small outpost and called it Fort George. When the Americans regained the Fort by treaty at the end of the War of 1812, it was renamed Fort Holmes after the American Major Andrew Hunter Holmes who succumbed to wounds during a futile attempt to retake the Fort from the British in 1814.

Original Butterfly House and Insect World This 1800 sq. ft. tropical garden is filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents and is the 3rd oldest live butterfly exhibit in the United States.