No shortage of local Labor Day events
ESCANABA — There will be no shortage of celebrations and events over the Labor Day weekend. They include:
The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s 43rd Annual Show will be held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. This year’s show will feature oddballs (odd or unique tractors and equipment), orphans (tractors made by manufacturers that have discontinued business entirely), and garden tractors.
The show will include equipment demonstrations, a daily equipment parade at 1 p.m., and the daily “Engine Crank-Up” at 2 p.m. Show attendees will also be able to enjoy the Antique Village’s agricultural museum, an antique automobile show which will feature cars produced between 1900 and 1935, the Antique Village’s artisans, a knife and gun show, one of the biggest flea markets in the U.P., and more.
For more information, visit www.upsteamandgasengine.org.
The 75th annual Rock Lions Labor Day Celebration is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 1.
A Labor Day parade will be held at 11 a.m. After the parade, activities for all ages will be available at the Rock Lions Clubhouse grounds. Activities will include music, a mechanical bull, bounce houses, a petting zoo, kids’ tractor pulls, a bean bag tournament, bingo and cowpie bingo, a flea market, and paintball. Food and beer will also be available.
The Cedar River Bridge Walk will take place on Saturday, Sept. 1. Due to bridge construction, this year’s walk will not cross the Cedar River on M-35 — instead, the walk will take place on the Camp “O” Road bridge adjacent to Hirsch’s Cedar River Pub.
All activity for the bridge walk will be at Hirsch’s Cedar River Pub, and will start at 11 a.m. CDT. Ceremonies will take place in the pavilion behind the pub; a walk across the Camp “O” Road bridge will follow, led by Bridge Walk T-shirt contest winner Morgan Bergquist and the Cedar River Queen. Vendors will be present in the pub’s parking lot, and Hirsch’s will offer buffet-style food, hors d’oeuvres, and more during the event.
Bridge Walk attendees are advised not to park on the north side of the Cedar River Bridge, as pedestrian traffic is not allowed on this bridge and they will be unable to get across. Safe parking can be found along Camp “O” Road, 20.50 Lane, near area churches, and by a gas station.
The Nahma Labor Day Celebration will take place on Sunday, Sept. 2. A parade will be held at 11 a.m.
Craft tables, live music, beer and refreshments, kids’ games, raffles, bounce houses, a petting zoo, a log-sawing contest, and a pie-eating contest will also be part of this event. Food will be provided by the Brisket Barn, Big Bay de Noc Seniors, and Little Red Caboose.
There will be a bridge walk in Cornell Township on Monday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. at the township hall. Participants should bring a dish to pass as there will be a pot luck lunch after the bridge walk around noon.
For more information contact Diana Clark 906-399-2201 or Sue Caron 906-384-6534.
ST. IGNACE/MACKINAW CITY
The Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk will take place on Labor Day. This year, the walk will start from both ends of the bridge.
The bridge will be closed to public traffic during the walk from 6:30 a.m. to noon. The walk itself will begin at 7 a.m., and no one will be allowed to start the walk after 11:30 a.m. to ensure that the bridge can re-open at noon.
Walkers will be able to choose from three options: starting from one end of the bridge and turning back when they reach the midpoint, walking the entire length of the bridge and arranging transportation back to the side they started from when the bridge re-opens to public traffic, and walking the entire length of the bridge, turning around, and walking back to the side they started from.