Summerfest in Portland kicks off despite tornado

An aerial view of a home that lost its roof in Portland when a tornado hit. (June 22, 2015)

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.




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