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Empire is in Leelanau County, and in the Northern Region. You can locate Empire west of Traverse City between Suttons Bay and Benzonia along Highway 22 near Glen Lake and the shore of Lake Michigan.

This location was first settled in 1853 by the John LaRue Family. Eventually, the town was named after a boat "Empire" which became ice-bound in the harbor in the winter of 1863, and later used as a schoolhouse.

Today, Empire retains its small town settings and is primarily a tourist area. It is the gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, which can be seen from the beach to the north.

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MorelFest Boyne City MI May16-19 Each May, Boyne City fills with hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country who come seeking that elusive delicacy-the marvelous morel.
National Cherry Festival Traverse City MI June29-July6 The Grand Traverse region, known for its world-record tart cherry harvest, bursts with visitors eager to savor the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable.
National Baby Food Festival Freemont MI July18-21 Show is rain or shine, no lawn chairs, no coolers, no strollers, no smoking or alcohol.
Charlevoix Venetian Festival Charlevoix MI July20-27 What began as a simple candle-lit boat parade has grown into a week-long flurry of color and pageantry that highlights the summer season and attracts tens of thousands of visitors.
Brat Days Sheboygan WI August1-3 Sheboygan Jaycees present the 60th annual Johnsonville Brat Days. All shows will be free this year.
Mackinac Island Festival of the Horse Mackinac Island MI August8-11 Mackinac Island Carriage and Saddle Horse Parade, the Breeds of Mackinac presentation, musical kurs featuring the beautiful Friesians, lectures on the role of the horse in Mackinac's history.