Partying at the Jobbie Nooner

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If you live in or around the Detroit area, you have probably already heard of the Jobbie Nooner. Referred to as the Mardi Gras of the north, the Jobbie Nooner attracts more than 10,000 partiers each year. While limited at one time to local autoworkers, this huge party is now a major event that draws in people from all walks of life. Below is some information about this huge event, what to expect if you go, and how to prepare for next party.

History of the Jobbie Nooner

The Jobbie Nooner was first established in the 1980s, by Lee Wagner and some of his friends. The group of autoworkers decided to leave work at noon on a Friday afternoon and head out to Gull Island in Lake St. Clair to celebrate Wagner’s birthday. Lake St. Clair is located just six miles from Detroit making it a convenient location for all the guys in the group. This celebration instantly became an annual event and increased in size each year, as more people joined in the celebration. The autoworkers in Detroit often referred to themselves as Jobbies, thus the name Jobbie Nooner, since they took off work at noon.

Jobbie Nooner

What to Expect

If you are planning to head out to the next Jobbie Nooner, you can expect a massive party with thousands of people. There is no bridge connecting the mainland to Gull Island, so all partygoers must take a boat back and forth. There will also be a large number of boats anchored around the island. You may want to be careful where you park your boat because you could have a difficult time getting out when you want to leave. Be aware that some people spend the night on the island, so you may be parked in for a long time. You will find food, music, entertainment, games like volleyball, sandy beaches, and lots and lots of alcohol. Most importantly, you will find people having a good time and enjoying their Friday afternoon off of work.

How to Prepare

Since you can only access Gull Island by boat, the first thing you need to do to prepare yourself for the Jobbie Nooner is to have your boat serviced. You want to make sure that it is working up to par and will be ready to go the day of the party. If your boat needs to be repaired, now is the time to get it fixed. You also want to make sure that you take lots of sunscreen, lots of water, and lots of food so you can have fun all day long. This is a BYOB event, so be sure to stock up on all your favorite beer and liquor. One last thing you do not want to forget is your Mardi Gras beads- they have become very popular at the Jobbie Nooner.

This is one of the best annual events in and around the Detroit area. Keep in mind that the US Coast Guard will be out in full force, so prepare to spend the night or select a designated driver for the boat. Also, if your boat breaks down or you need immediate repairs, a professional marine engine shop can help repair your boat or boat motor and have you up and running in no time. If you plan to attend, you are sure to have a lot of the fun in the sun.