The area is marking Labor Day with a variety of events and celebrations this weekend. They include:
The Rock Lions will host the annual Labor Day Celebration today in downtown Rock on M-35. This year's parade theme is "Deer Season" and begins at 10 a.m.
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Bob Willis, vice president of the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association, starts up the hydraulic ram water pump in the Agricultural Museum at U.P State Fairgrounds. The Annual U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association Show is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will continue through Monday.
Festivities will follow on the clubhouse grounds, including bingo, horseshoes, flea market, children's games and live music all day. Food and beverage will be available, including burgers, brats, fresh pasties and the beer tent for the adults.
The annual raffle drawing will be held at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse. Top prize is a rifle worth $425.
The Labor Day Celebration event is the major fundraiser for the Rock Lions, a service organization that provides funding for charitable organizations and local needs.
The 37th Annual U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association Show began Friday in Escanaba and continues through Monday. A variety of activities and displays are planned. The event features displays and demonstrations of antique steam engines, gasoline engines, tractors, and other farm machinery. The steam and gas engine museum is open along with the antique village.
The public can visit an antique school house, barbershop, telegraph office, general store, ice cream parlor, and rock shop. Food and refreshments are available for sale along with a pie sale.
The village's 1861 sawmill will be in operation. A variety of demonstrations will be available including glass blowing, rug weaving, candle-making, spinning, pottery, wood carving, and blacksmithing.
The newest addition to the village is the new railroad depot with a model train display. The annual flea market, horse-drawn wagon rides, gun and knife show, antique tractor races and other games are also planned.
Hours for today, Sunday and Monday are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association was founded in 1976. The non-profit corporation is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and exhibition of early steam engines, gasoline engines, tractors, farm machinery, and other items of historical interest.
The Nahma Labor Day celebration is scheduled for Sunday at the Nahma Township Hall. The parade start is 11 a.m. Activities include games, craft tables, Abra Cadabra jumps, 5th annual hot rod/classic car show, and music from the Generations from 1-3 and 4-8 p.m. Food will also be served.
A raffle drawing will be held with prizes including a 2012 Polaris side-by-side Ranger for first place, $300 cash for second place, and $200 cash for third place. The drawing will take place at 6 p.m.
Cornell's annual Labor Day Bridge Walk, along with the township fire department, will be held on Monday. The doors at the town hall will open at 10:30 a.m. The walk starts at 11 a.m. A potluck will be held after the walk, so bring a dish to pass and your own table silverware and drinks. The public is welcome to attend. For more information call 384-0103.