IRON MOUNTAIN - Friends of Iron Mountain City Park will host a family event Saturday to help with the restoration of City Park.
The second annual Saturday in the Park is a community picnic with food, beverages, dunk tank, children's activities and music.
Iron Mountain received a Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant for restoration of the park. The grant requires a local match of 26 percent, so the park committee has been busy raising funds.
From left, Saturday in the Park volunteers Dave Farragh, Dale Alessandrini, Cathy Alessandrini, Bryan Toedter, Kay Villa, Bob Moraska and Janet Reynolds show some of the prizes donated for this weekend’s event.
Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo
Saturday in the Park is being held from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at City Park in Iron Mountain. Children's activities, including a bounce house, begin at 3 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.
Admission is $5 for ages 21 and up; $3 for ages 13-20; and free for ages 12 and under.
Entertainment includes a karaoke contest, led by Homer Swan and Donna Fayas. Registration is at 3 p.m. and the contest starts at 3:30 p.m. Prizes have been donated by Walmart.
There are two karaoke categories. For contestants under age 18, first prize is a $100 Walmart gift card and second prize is a $50 Walmart gift card. Prizes are the same for contestants age 18 and over.
Children's activities will include a fire smoke house; police squad car; bounce house (donated by Skate Boulevard) face painting, balloon animals and snow cones.
The dunk tank, donated by MJ Electric, will feature local officials and political candidates. True Healing will be offering massages - $1 for 1 minute - and donating 80 percent of the proceeds to City Park.
Items donated for prize wheels include:
- Wrought iron table and four chairs with cushions, donated by Home Depot (retail value $460).
- Gold earrings, donated by Kingsley North, ($275 retail value).
- Fossil watch, donated by Michael's Fine Jewelry ($65 retail value).
- $100 gift card donated by Slumberland Furniture.
- Hummingbird feeder, donated by Grandma's Garden ($30 retail value).
- Mossberg shotgun 12 gauge, wood stock made in U.S., ($390 retail value).
- Wall furnace, donated by Sew and Vac ($120 retail value).
- Trail Camera-, donated by Dunham's ($100 retail value).
- Wrench set donated by NAPA ($30 retail value).
Two local bands will perform, Bad Axe Rodeo at 7 p.m. followed by Glass Joe at 9 p.m. Gunville Trucking has donated a flat-bed truck for staging.
Food and drinks will be available - hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, popcorn and more.
"We encourage the community to come support your City Park at 'Saturday in the Park' for great fun, food, family, music and great entertainment," said Kay Villa, a committee member.
Major sponsors include Dickinson County Healthcare System, $1,000; Wisconsin Energy Foundation, $1,000; First National Bank & Trust of Iron Mountain/Kingsford, $500; Verso Paper, $500; and Northern Michigan Bank, $500.
Park improvements include an additional football/soccer field, to be done this year; improvements to the deer habitat (to be started this year) - expansion of the pen, pond reconstruction and planting various tree species; expanded walking trails; new ADA restroom facilities; new picnic tables; display trees with placards of information specific to each tree; frisbee golf course; skate board park; overall beautification of the park
The park will be closed for the event at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Any person entering the park during this event will be required to pay the admission fee.