PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The Portland St. Patrick Summerfest kicks off Saturday despite damage around the town from a tornado earlier in the week.
The tornado ripped through Portland Monday afternoon, damaging a dozen businesses, four churches and more than 70 homes in the eastern Ionia county town.
Summerfest is an annual family-friendly community event that is put on each year by the St. Patrick Church. This year, the church will donate 25% of the proceeds from the two-day event to help churches in the area rebuild after the storm.
The festivities start at 8 a.m. Saturday with a baseball tournament followed by a volleyball tournament, a 5K race and many other activities.
On Sunday, there will be an outdoor mass at 10:30 a.m. at Alton Park. Afterwards, there will be a “Sunday dinner.”
The event ends Sunday at 3:30 p.m.