Cedar River Bridge Walk not just for fun


As witnessed from the traditional signs walkers carry over the bridge showing where their home is, people come from near and far to walk the Cedar River Bridge on Labor Day Weekend. They come for the fun of it!

It is a novelty with humor to walk the biggest littlest bridge walk the day before the mighty Mackinac Bridge Walk takes place.

It is a day of eat, drink and be merry. A day to listen to your favorite music, sing your favorite songs, dance a little, and let the kids run loose.

But, there is more to it!

The bridge walk is about bringing in visitors and get their attention to the area’s beauty, a sportsman’s paradise, the wonderful marina, the ATV trails, and all the area’s outdoor recreational opportunities with hopes to attract future visits, business and revitalize a fading community rooted in logging, lumber, and fishing.

It is about bringing out the community, extending good fellowship to visitors, and bringing both together in honor of a valued and respected area citizen, crowned as Cedar River Royalty for the day.

It is a day to reflect and honor the fallen in the line of their labor, respect the diligent and dangerous work it takes to secure and protect our freedoms, and to remember we all play a role in the making of this great nation.

It is about giving area artists, crafters, and vendors another market to supplement their income, with some their sole income, and on the flipside, an avenue to find unique appeal.

And lastly, it is a fundraiser. In its fifth year as a fundraiser for the local Cedarville Township Volunteer Fire Department, the Cedar River Bridge Walk raises money to help with firefighter and first responder training and necessary equipment.

Cedarville Volunteer Fire Department plays a key role in emergency situations in a remote area. Far from the nearest hospital, it may be this local fire department that will save your life one day if emergency strikes as you travel through the Cedar River area, out playing on the area’s ATV trails.

So, you are invited to partake in the biggest littlest bridge walk, eat, drink, be merry, and let the kids run. Why not? And, while you are having fun, look around you, take in the beauty, think about coming back, and invest in local emergency response.

The Cedar River Bridge Walk is on Sunday of Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4. Festivities start at 11 a.m. CST on the south end of the Cedar River Bridge on highway M-35. The bridge walk will take the festival goers, after opening ceremonies, north over the bridge to the festival grounds of the Cedarville Township Hall, across from Cedar River State Harbor Marina.

Scot Fernstrum

Cedar River