2017 Greyhound Event of Michigan

2017 GEM Event Logo

 Logo design provided by Suzie Collins of Skinny Hound Designs.


 Event Registration – Click Here – DEADLINE EXTENDED June 20, 2017 if you want to purchase a t-shirt

Online registration for Event (Goody bag/2 door prize tickets included) and dinner available until July 1, 2017

BONUS – Everyone registered for the Event before MAY 31st will receive 3 free door prize tickets!


DON’T FORGET – Purchase your Southwest Airline ticket Raffle tickets online through the Event registration link

(with or without registering for the Event)

Vendor RegistrationClick Here – DEADLINE June 15, 2017

Check below for an UPDATED list of registered vendors – make your list and check it twice!

When: Friday, July 14, 2017 and Saturday, July 15, 2017
Where: Birch Run Expo Center                                           11600 N. Beyer Road                                               Birch Run, MI 43415

And this year we are celebrating with the theme “Christmas in July!”  Come join us in air-conditioned (free WIFI) comfort for a weekend of greyhounds, shopping, food and fun.

This is just a sleigh ride down the road from Frankenmuth, MI where it is Christmas all year long.  The Expo Center is also right across the street from The Birch Run Outlet stores.  Shop ‘til you Drop!  On Friday evening, we will have some vendors setting up early to participate in a special holiday themed, “Black Dog Friday” shopping event!  See the preview of our agenda below, with more details to be added as we approach the event.

Friday, July 14, 2017:  
3:00 pm Event begins – Registration opens!
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Vendors open – ‘Black Dog Friday’ special early shopping event.  Vendor advertising will be coming soon so that you will know which you can plan to buy from.
4:00 pm Seminar – The Greyhound Inmate Experience – Presented by Gaye Ann and Ron Weaver
7:00 pm Steve Wirtz – Greyhound Art Workshop ($40 per person – spaces go fast so make sure to register for this through the Event registration early)
9:00 pm Event ends for the night – get those hounds some rest for the next day!
Saturday, July 15, 2017:  
9:00 am Registration opens!  We will have a blessing of the hounds, nail trimming, foster dogs on parade, a special holiday bake sale, fun raffles, silent auctions, and many more surprises on the agenda throughout the day!  Keep an eye on this Event website for updates and more details approaching the event.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Vendors open for business
9:30 am Workshop – Dr. Karen Michalski, Serenity Animal Hospital – The Latest Veterinary Advancements for Retired Racers
11:00 am Workshop – 11:00 am Leslie Cirinesi, Advanced Energy Therapy, followed by11:45 am Brian Collins, The Greyhound Health Initiative
Lunch – Lunch and drink items available for purchase on-site throughout the day
1:00 pm Workshop – “Santa’s Little Helper’s Journey Home – A Retired Racer’s Trip From Track to Your Couch,”  Presentation by Jim and Cheryel Simmons
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Silent auctions will end at specific staggered times, with the LIVE AUCTION beginning at 4pm
Evening – Dinner with Keynote Speaker, followed by SWA Tickets Grand Prize Drawing, Centerpiece Raffle and Event Close
Dinner will be served buffet style by an award-winning caterer who specializes in BBQ and southern style fare ($22 per adult and $10 per child age 10 and under – pre-register on through Event registration).  An open cash bar will be available for adult beverage purchases.  Hounds are welcome as always for dinner and our evening activities.  A variety of choices will be available to meet most anyone’s dietary needs.
Featured Dinner Keynote Speaker – Marie Hopfensperger, DVM. Dr. Hopfensperger runs the Behavior Service at Michigan State University.  She graduated with honors from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and practiced in a small animal veterinary hospital in northern Michigan before returning to academia to pursue her passion for behavior.  Dr. Hopfensperger spent the first half of her residency at North Carolina State University and is has completed of her specialty training here at Michigan State.  Dr. Hopfensperger’s clinical and research area of interest is behavioral pharmacology, including sedation protocols to promote safe and humane handling of anxious and/or aggressive companion animal patients.
Please note – the Live Auction was moved from the evening activities to begin at 4pm to accommodate guests who are unable to stay for the evening!


This amazing glass piece is 31.5 wide x 10.5 high, and created by glass artist Judi Hildebrand.  Generously donated by Kathy and Bill Helm.
Door prize - Stained glass

Hotel Information:

Americas Best Value Inn – Birch Run is welcoming this year’s Event attendees to their newly remodeled hotel with Greyt room rates and no pet fees!!

1 Queen Standard                                                $70 Fri./Sat.  ($50 Sun.-Thurs.)

2 Queen Standard                                                $75 Fri./Sat.  ($55 Sun.-Thurs.)

2 Queen Family Suite or 2 Queen Handicap Suite                                  SOLD OUT of Suites

Reservations must be booked prior to June 14, 2017 by calling the hotel directly at (989) 624-4440.  Remember to mention that you are booking your room from the GEM/Greyhounds of Eastern Michigan block to receive these special rates!  Online room reservations will not qualify for discounted rates.  Details regarding hotel location, description, amenities etc. can be found here – America’s Best.  UPDATE – sold out of the first block of rooms – opened another block so that more rooms are available!!

Additionally, we will be giving you some information on what the area has to offer for your exploring Sunday before your weekend ends.  A FAQ will be coming soon.  Keep checking back to this event website where more details will continually be added about the activities that will be offered, the workshops and the opportunities for fun with your greyhounds and friends!

UPDATED list of vendors already registered to attend Friday & Saturday:

Crown Collars – www.crowncollars.com
Holiday Houndz Collarz & Apparel –
“Hold Still!” Portraits for Your Pets – www.holdstillpets.com
Theresa’s Greyt Crochet – www.etsy.com/shop/TheresasGreytCrochet
K-9 Komforts – www.k-9komforts.com
Skinny Hounds Designs – www.skinnyhounddesigns.com
Rock Your Pets – www.rockyourpets.com
Collar of the Month Club/Bird’s Pottery –
Advanced Energy Therapy – www.advancedenergytherapy.com
GEMs of the Far East –
Please feel free to reach out with all other questions, and we look forward to seeing you!

Brooke Stumpf & Katie Jones
Co-Chairs of 2017 Event