Host of events canceled due to virus concerns
COVID-19 precautions have left the calendar of regular summer events looking somewhat slim in the Upper Peninsula and the region’s Wisconsin counties.
While both Michigan and Wisconsin are relaxing some of the restrictions on businesses and large gatherings, a number of activities set for summer and even into early fall already have decided to skip this year.
Some of the significant cancellations so far include —
— Brew Fest, which would have been this past Saturday in downtown Iron Mountain.
— Pine Mountain Music Festival.
— U.P. Northwoods Triathlon that had been set for June 27 at Lake Antoine County Park in Iron Mountain.
— Norway’s Fourth of July parade, though the city will still have its fireworks show July 4.
— Hodag Country Music Festival July 9-12 in Rhinelander, Wis.
— U.P. Championship Rodeo, July 17-18 in Iron River.
— The 62nd annual Art on the Rocks juried show slated for July 25-26 in Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park. A decision on the OutBack Art Fair, also set for July 25-26 at Shiras Park at Picnic Rocks, will be made later this month.
— Programs at the Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp near Crystal Falls, including the 90th anniversary celebration that had been planned for August.
— Iron County Fair, Aug. 6-9 in Iron River. Fair organizers still plan to sell raffle tickets to cover venue expenses and 4-H members will have the youth livestock auction Aug. 7. The demolition derby also remains tentatively set for Aug. 8.
— Italian Fest, Aug. 15 in downtown Iron Mountain.
— Tour de Dickinson on Aug. 15 in Iron Mountain.
— Florence County Fair, Aug. 28-30 in Florence, Wis.
— U.P. Honor Flight on Sept. 23. The Honor Flight in May already had been called off, with those slated to take the trip shifted to the September event.
While the full Bass Festival set for July 11 at Runkle Lake in Crystal Falls will not happen, the Crystal Falls Lions Club does plan to sell its signature chicken dinners, along with raffle tickets.
The dinners will be $10 each for a half-chicken, coleslaw, baked potato and a treat. To purchase a meal ticket, call Joy Fredericks at 906-284-3366, Doris Cornwell at 906-464-8506 or Greg Calzetta at 906-366-7893.
Dinners then can be picked up curbside at the Lions’ clubhouse at Runkle Lake.
Raffle tickets are $5 each, with winners to be drawn Sunday, July 12. All winners will be contacted. Cash prize amounts depend on ticket sales. To buy raffle tickets, call the club members listed above.
The Run Your Bass Off race set for July 9 has been called off.
Some notable events that, for now, remain on schedule:
— The Art for All show normally set in Iron Mountain’s City Park now will be a home-based show, Cities Wide Art for All. Artists will set up in garages or on lawns from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, with two artists to be open Sunday, June 28, as well. Visitors are invited to drive to the artist’s homes to make purchases. Two or three artists may set up at one house, just like a city-wide garage sale or home and garden show.
— The Out to Lunch weekly performance series in downtown Iron Mountain is tentatively expected to start July 2.
— Woodtick Music Festival, July 30-Aug. 2, Hermansville.
— Bark River Championship Off-Road Races, Aug. 14-16.
— The Marinette County Fair, Aug. 27-30, Wausaukee, Wis.
— The Dickinson County Fair, Sept. 3-7 in Norway.
— Oktoberfest, Sept. 26 in downtown Iron Mountain.