Summer in Delta County is in full swing, and anyone who says there is nothing to do in the area obviously hasn't taken a look around.
Here are a few examples. In just the past two weeks, crowds were drawn to the area's annual Fourth of July celebrations. Even though fireworks displays were a no show on July 4 due to weather, they made a bang later. Gladstone's display made a nice attraction last Friday night. In Mansitique, the fireworks planned for the Fourth of July were used to make that city's Folk Fest an extra special event Saturday. Escanaba's fireworks display is planned sometime in August.
Besides Folk Fest, last weekend also saw the first of this summer's Bark River Off Road Races at the Bark River International Raceway. According to organizers, the event drew a record crowd for July with attendance at 10,802, up 7.4 percent from last July. Look for the next races on Aug. 14-15. Typically, these races draw an even bigger crowd.
The upcoming weekend is also brimming with activity. The U.P. Trappers Association Convention will be held July -20 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds.
Also at the fairgrounds is the fourth annual Big Ole Pioneer Days Friday and Saturday at the U.P. Antique Steam and Gas Engine Village at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. The event celebrates the heritage of the Upper Peninsula and includes events like chainsaw carving, live music, an obstacle course and performances by the Great Lakes Timber Show, and much more.
Later this summer, look for the Back-to-School and Children's Health Fair at the Ruth Butler Building in Escanaba Aug. 1. The event is being sponsored by the Daily Press, OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group, Bellinhealth, Superior Health Systems, the YMCA of Delta County, NewPage and MIX-106. The event is free for kids and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event features fun and educational activities throughout the day.
On Aug. 16-22, the highlight of the summer, the Upper Peninsula State Fair, will be held. Now under local leadership, the fair promises to have something for everyone.
There are other events to numerous to mention - from weekly Escanaba City Band concerts to annual sidewalk sales. Do yourself a favor - take the time to take part in these annual events. They are not only fun, they help promote the place we call home.