The main grounds of Algoma’s Shanty Days celebration open at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, but a lot of festival-related activity will already have been going on by then.

The annual Shanty Days Fishing Contest got underway on Thursday and continues until Sunday. Cash and prizes will be awarded in the open men’s and women’s divisions for chinook salmon, coho salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and lake trout; boat or pier for age 16 and up. The Youth Division (15 & under) has Boat and Shore categories; the Boat division is for salmon and trout and Shore division is for panfish and bullheads caught in local waters open to the public.

The Algoma Library Friends is gearing up for its annual book sale, to be held 8 4 p.m. Friday at the Book Corner, 401 Third St. Because of the Pancake Breakfast held across the street at the Fire Department Sunday morning, the Book Corner will also open their doors from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Mayor Wayne Schmidt hosts the annual Shanty Days Mayor’s Honoree Luncheon on Friday, with doors opening at 11 a.m. for a noon lunch at the Hotel Stebbins, 201 Steele St. Brothers Aric and Brad Schmiling of von Stiehl Winery are the guests of honor.

The main grounds will be open 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

The Juried Arts and Crafts Fair on the lawns of the Algoma Public Library and Algoma Elementary School (corner of Fremont and Fourth streets) runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Shanty Days More on the Shore 5k run/walk is set for 8 a.m. Saturday. Race packet pick-up and on-site registrations will be 3-6 p.m. Friday at the Algoma Youth Club, 620 Lake St. and 6:30-7:30 a.m. Saturday at the race start.

The Algoma Shanty Days Car Cruise and Show is scheduled around Saturday’s big parade. Dozens of vintage machines are expected to trace the parade route prior to the start of the of Shanty Days parade. After cruising through the parade route, they will be turning off by the lake next to the Shanty Days grounds to the Youth Club parking lot for a free, open to the public car show.

One of Wisconsin’s largest parades follows at noon Saturday, packed with floats, entertainment, clowns, candy and more.

The 29th annual Algoma Fire and Rescue Porkie Pancake Breakfast serves 7 a.m. to noon Sunday. A spectacular fireworks display brings the festivities to a close at dusk Sunday.

Here is a link to all the details about the various Shanty Days events and activities.

And music is an integral part of the weekend, too. Here is the schedule:


4-8 p.m. Modern Day Drifters

8 p.m.-midnight Led West


1-4 p.m. Blind Ambition

4 – 8 p.m. Branded

8 p.m.-12 a.m. Spicy Tie Band


11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Sugarbush Boys

12:30-4:30 p.m. Spitfire Rodeo

4:30-8:30 p.m. Spice