I bet the Yale Bologna Festival is a great place to meat people.

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All kidding aside, this is indeed a real festival in Michigan and quite popular too. Hey, who would not want to be crowned Bologna Queen or Bologna King? The three-day annual event attracts nearly 20,000 visitors to a 2000-person town. Now, that is impressive.

Here is everything you need to know about the Yale Bologna Festival.

When is the Yale Bologna Festival?

The 32nd Yale Bologna Festival happens in Yale, Michigan from July 29th through July 31st, 2022.

Where is the Yale Bologna Festival held?

The Bologna Festival is held in downtown Yale on 102 South Main Street. For three days straight, local streets will be closed for the celebration. Yale will be transformed into 'Bolognaville'.

How long has the Yale Bologna Festival been happening?

Since 1989. The Yale Bologna Festival continues to attract Michiganders and people from out of state as well.

What events can I expect at the Yale Bologna Festival?

  • Concerts in the Park
  • Outhouse Race
  • Bologna Ring
  • Outhouse Race
  • Bologna Ring Toss
  • Soap Box Derby
  • Cardboard Boat Race
  • Candy Scramble
  • Cake Walk
  • Watermelon Eating Contest
  • Hula Hoop Contest
  • Bologna King & Bologna Queen Contest
  • Live DJ and street dance
  • Rosco the Clown
  • Zumba
  • Golf Cart Parade
  • Keystone Kops: Squirt Gun Battle
  • Bologna Baby Contest
  • The Big Bologna Parade
  • Pet Parade
  • Bologna 5k Run
  • BMX Bike Shows
  • Car Show stretches 5-6 blocks down Main Street
  • Cinderella makes Princess Magic Happen

You can keep up to date on additional events by following the Yale Bologna Facebook page.

How far is Yale Michigan from the Flint or Lapeer area?

Yale is roughly one hour from the Flint area and just 40 minutes from the Lapeer area. Not a bad drive at all. If you want to make a night of it and stay, I suggest booking a hotel or Airbnb ASAP. If you are able to go, I sure hope the Yale Bologna Festival meats your expectations.

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