Chamber Director's Blog

Foundry In A Box

Waupaca Foundry held the Grand Opening of its new Ironwood plant on July 18.  And, they are bringing to the Gogebic County Fair on 10 Saturday and 11 Sunday August their innovative "Foundry In A Box" for the youth.  Designed to awaken interest in craftsmanship and metalworking, this unique hand-on experience will be an excellent addition to the Fair's overall community celebration of the skills and products of our area.  Stop out and see them!   

Festival Ironwood-July 17-20

July has arrived, and with it comes Festival Ironwood!  These four days of fun, food, activities, and live music highlight both Ironwood's past as well as its present.  On this website you will find registration forms for the Old Depot Car Show, the Arts & Crafts Fair, and the Walk, Run, & Roll Saturday morning race.  Just go to for the full schedule! Scroll to the schedule's end and you will see the above forms to download and print out.   This Monday the full Festival Ironwood Committee met here at the Depot to review the final organizational activites required to put this event on.  You may not notice, but even though the Festival starts on Wednesday, July 17, set-up activites get started the previous week.  Many, many community volunteers work to put on this stellar event!   Tell you friends.  Share our FB posts (especially the Festival Ironwood FB page).  Above all, come on down to the Festival and experience the warmth of summer and good community fellowship.

Hiawatha Restoration Status & Raffle

It looks like the Hiawatha Restoration is still on track, though the time of the work is being moved to the first part of August rather than July.  Again, here are the winners of the Restoration Raffle:  053 = Dan Bratu; 323 = Steve Sizemore, 008 = Tina Steiger, 399 = Linda Mattila, 088 = Kaye Longhini, 021 = Ron Jacobson.

Festival Ironwood 2019

If June is here, July is right around the corner and that means "Festival Ironwood Time!"  Posted here on our website under events is a preliminary schedule for the July 17-20 event, though a few things will no doubt change as we get closer to the start date.  The Festival Ironwood Organizing Committee is working very hard to make sure that this year's Festival will be a time of fun, great food, family activities, and a wide variety of events.   If you have not done so, please "like" the Festival Ironwood Facebook page, for as we get closer to opening day, more and more items of interest will be posted there.  Friday and Saturday will, of course, be the big days with Friday being "Kids Day" and Saturday featuring the Old Depot Car Show as well as the Arts and Crafts show.  Both of these events have registration forms located at the end of the website schedule posting.  The Arts and Crafts show will have room for up to  80 registrants this year, so sign up for your space now!   

Hiawatha Restoration Raffle

Winning numbers for the Chamber Hiawatha Statue Restoration Raffle, drawn at 11:05, June 1, at the base of the Hiawatha Statue, by Ironwood Mayor Annette Burchell:   1st prize = #323; 2nd prize = #053; 3rd prize = #008; 4th prize = #021; 5th prize = #088; and 6th prize = #399