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Festival Ironwood - Kid's Day

IRONWOOD - Friday was Kid’s Day at Festival Ironwood. The day began at 9 am-with the annual Child Identification Program at the Masonic Lodge, the program is sponsored by Masonic Lodge 389

At 10 am the fun continued at the World’s Largest Duck Pick, 900 ducks had already been picked by closing time Thursday night. There would be 1600 more ducks picked by diner time Friday. There were a total of 2500 ducks picked and prizes given away. Three Bicycles were donated for the event. Two by European Auto on U.S. 2 and a third bicycle was donated by Keith Johnson. The Duck pick is a great big hit with the kids, there’s no doubt about that. The Duck pick at this year’s Festival was organized by HOPE Animal Shelter. All the money collected for the ducks is put back into a fund for next year’s Festival.

While on the subject of Hope, the animal shelter had a display of kittens at the festival. The adorable kittens need a home. Go to hope and bring home a pair. There was a great little Spaniel at the festival that could use a good home. Why no one has looked for this dog is a mystery. It was found in Marenisco. He has a great personality and is a perfect size. Go to Hope and check out all the Great Animals waiting to adopt you!

Kids Activity Day, organized by the Gogebic County 4-H Youth Group & other community partners. Kids kept busy playing games and making all kinds of things, including trail mix.
From 11 am to 2 pm Slow Poke Da Clown was on hand making animal balloons along with Happy Daze & Twinklz Face Painting.

Another kid’s favorite is the Kids’ Woodchip Scramble, where candy and money are buried in sawdust. They get scramble through the sawdust for three minutes, and what they find is theirs to keep. This annual event is sponsored by Woodtech Builders.
From noon until 3:00pm there was Bingo under the big top. The bingo games were sponsored by DOVE Bingo

There was a Parts swap meet behind Lahti’s. The “ Alley Cat Garage Car & Bike Parts Swap Meet” was organized by several downtown merchants.

At 4:00 PM the Adults attending the Festival were treated to a live musical performance by Dorothy and The Boys,. The group played a mix of musical styles, including Polkas and Country music for dancing. The crowd began to grow as the after went on and by six o’clock the big top was again filled.
Following Dorothy and the Boy’s the free musical entertainment continued. Appearing under the big tent was a North Country Hoe-Down starring Johnny Trash & Jimmy Lee, free admission to the event was compliments of the Downtown Ironwood Development Authority

above - downtown merchants sidewalk sale the sale goes into full swing Saturday


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The Fun Continues Today!

7-10 am Big Top Pancake Breakfast, organized by Lighthouse Faith Center, 906/932-4848
7 am Walk, Run & Roll registration and check in begins, 906/932-2525
8:15 am Honor Guard “Star Spangled Banner” Ceremony, organized by American Legion Post #5
8:30 am Walk, Run & Roll begins, 2 and 5 mile events sponsored by Grand View Health System & Grand View Eye Center, 906/932-2525
9 am City Wide Festival Sales at participating businesses
9 am Outdoor Pool Tournament, sponsored by Prizm Entertainment, 906/932-0625
9 am-3 pm Arts & Crafts Sale, organized by Ironwood American Legion Auxiliary, 906/932-1587
9 am Alley Cat Garage Car & Bike Parts Swap Meet, (corner of Aurora/Lowell Streets), organized by Gogebic Area Thrift, 906/932-0300
9 am-6 pm Child Identification Program, Masonic Lodge, 389 Suffolk, sponsored by Masonic Lodge 389, 906/932-1828
10 am World’s Largest Duck Pick, organized by HOPE Animal Shelter
10 am Strawberry Social, organized by Ironwood Business & Professional Women
10 am HOPE Animals, 906/932-1511
10 am-2 pm Free Community Health Fair, sponsored by Grand View Health System, 906/932-2525
11 am-2 pm Slow Poke Da Clown/Happy Daze & Twinklz Face Painting, by Cheryl Cunico
11 am-5 pm Old Depot Auto Show, organized by Klassic Kruisers Car Club, 906/932-1865
11 am-4 pm Barbecue Cook off, organized by Old World Meats, 906/364-7334
11 am-4 pm Open Stage – Free Live Entertainment under the Big Top, featuring Gogebic Range Band
(11 am- 1 pm); Ranch Boys (1-3 pm), Ironwood Dance Company (3-4 pm)
1 pm Cakewalk, organized by Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority, 906/932-5478 or 906/250-2081
5 pm Old Depot Auto Show, trophy presentation; Klassic Kruisers raffle drawing to follow
5 pm Classic Car Cruise/Parade on Wheels line-up, gather at Old Depot Park
7:15 pm Classic Car Cruise & Parade on Wheels Parade, sponsored by Klassic Kruisers (heads through Downtown 10 am Hope Animals, 906/932-1511
8 pm-12 am 50’s & 60’s Dance, live music by Robbie Vee & his Rock & Roll Caravan,” organized by Klassic Kruisers, admission $4 in advance, $5 at the gate
11 pm Daily 50/50 Drawing



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