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      Pure Michigan Beach Challenge starts Friday

      Beach goers and photographers have their chance to highlight the best beaches in Michigan through the Pure Michigan Instagram Challenge starting Friday.

      The challenge has a schedule running June 20 through 29 that focuses on a different theme every day. The theme schedule is as follows:

      June 20: Favorite Beach to Catch a Sunrise or SunsetJune 21: Favorite Dog-Friendly BeachJune 22: Favorite State Park BeachJune 23: Favorite Beach to Fly a KiteJune 24: Favorite Beach for WatersportsJune 25: Favorite Beach for Fishing from the Shore or DockJune 26: Favorite Beach to Experience Clear WatersJune 27: Favorite Beach to Take a Long WalkJune 28: Favorite Beach to Hang Out with Family and FriendsJune 29: Favorite Beach to Watch Fireworks

      The photos need to be uploaded through Instagram with the hashtag #PureMichigan and #BeachChallenge.

      "We know that at least in Michigan, one of our top travel destinations is our beautiful beaches," says Debbie Munson Badini of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. "We have thousands of beaches in Michigan. Of course there are a few that people always hear about and that get a lot of big crowds, but we have a lot of beautiful beaches that people might not know about as much, so, what we're hoping actually, with this contest is some of those lesser known beaches will get some publicity and people will be encouraged to explore more of the beaches in Michigan."

      Daily winners will get a sun care kit from Pure Michigan. The grand prize winner will get an Ultimate Pure Michigan beach day package. Visit their website here for more information