Chamber Director's Blog

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

Destination Ironwood

The all-new Ironwood Destination Guide has arrived from the printers!  Big thank-yous to those Chamber members who purchased marketing spaces and helped enable the publication of this Guide!  Layout and design were by Chamber member Sharp Graphic Design, with the Depot Office Guy here writing the text.  Many new and outstanding pictures from local photographers are showcased!   Those who remember the old guide will notice that the theme focus of the Destination Guide has changed from "just visiting" to "let's live there!"  Our goal was to show that while Ironwood has a storied past, it also has a vibrant and attractive future.  We have outstanding natural landscapes, that's for sure (which is a very powerful lure to folks who love the 4-season outdoors), but we also have a truly all-inclusive cultural and entreprenurial environment as well.  Ironwood is the ideal place to live for both young and old alike!  Looking for a place to start your own business?  Ironwood is that place!  Look over our new guide--and make Ironwood your destination!  

Red Bull 400 at Copper Peak

Saturday, May 11, will see 1,000 brave and tough athletes compete in the Red Bul 400 race to the top of Copper Peak ski-flying jump.  In 2018, over 400 competitors and over 4,000 spectators participated in this rather unusual athletic event.  This year it will be twice as big!  You can visit the web page to learn more.   Athletes and visitors from near and far will be coming to Ironwood on Friday, May 10.   For full local information, including the Parking Plan, go to    Hope to see you all here!   If you have not done so, please download the Ironwood Chamber smartphone app, IronwoodGO so that you will have pocket-powered information and links to all of our Chamber members (including Copper Peak).  It's free from the app store or Google Play.    

Falling Waters

Followers of the Ironwood Chamber Facebook page will have seen several video posts these last few days of Black River waterfalls out along Black River Road, just north of Ironwood.  What with snow melt (at last!) and now several inches of rain, these waterfall sites are something to behold, both visually and aurally.   The Spring "roar" will last the next few weeks, so please, if you get a chance, go out and experience one of the great local natural wonders of our area.   If you have never gone, this is the best time of year to do so.  Five waterfalls are grouped on Black River Road, and several of them have viewing stands, paved trails, and a good parking area.