Alpenfest traces its roots to the mid 1960's. Each year in the middle of July, downtown Gaylord in transformed into a Alpenfest paradise. Enjoy the rides on the midway, hear and see musical acts and entertainers. Enjoy delicious food and bevearge. It's a family fun event that everyone will enjoy!
Tel. (989) 732-6333
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1106, Gaylord, MI 49734
In the early 1960’s Gaylord, which is the county seat of Otsego County, was in the process of changing the town’s image to that of the Alpine look. This change was hastened by the decision of U.S. Plywood to build a particle board plant in Gaylord. The process used to manufacture particle board was developed and patented by a Swiss businessman, Fred Fahrni. The new plant meant employment for many in the area and also opened the door for a big market in the county for aspen and pine, from which the “Novaply” was processed.