Chamber Director's Blog
Fair Weather Ahead!
August already! Wore a jacket to the Chamber office this morning--Fall is moving upon us in Yooper Land very fast! Which means, of course, that the time is here for the Gogebic County Fair. Held at the fairgrounds just off U.S. 2 in Ironwood, MI, the Fair will start next week on Thursday, August 9 and run until Sunday, August 12. You can see the full fair schedule here: http://www.gogebiccountyfair.com/ Lots of new events and activities this year as well as the old favorites that one expects and savors at this time of year: 4-H animal showing, the best vegetables up for ribbons, lots of music in the grandstand and the small stage, the wonderful smells from the Bar-B-Que cooking contest, and much more. Weather forecast (as of today!) looks great! AND--don't foget to stop in the Exposition Building and visit the Gogebic Chambers of Commerce booth. Ironwood, Wakefield, Lake Gogebic, and Watersmeet will have maps, area guides, individual business brochures, and loads of information about our great Gogebic County. You can also contribute to the Hiawatha statue restoration fund at the booth as well--restoration is being schedule for next June 19th, and we need to raise the final $10K now! Stop in and say hi--I will be at the booth every day except Friday when other Chamber members will greet you upon your arrival. Make your plans now, for next week there is definately "Fair Weather Ahead"!
Festival Ironwood 2018
Festival Ironwood 2018 is here! This is the week--from Wedesday 18 to Saturday 21 Ironwood's Depot Park will host music, games, kid's adventures, great eats, and all-around good times. Check out the full hour-by-hour schedule on the Festival Ironwood page (under "events" -- "festival ironwood"). Are you reading this from San Diego? New York? Wish you could be here? Then watch us all have a good Festival Ironwood time by checking out the Ironwood Chamber livestream webcam. Next year, come on to the U.P. and join the fun in person!
Festival Ironwood Time
The music groups are all booked, the layout of tents and equipment is sketched out, and the new Chamber live-feed webcam is anxiously awaiting its 1st viewing of Festival Ironwood 2018. Opening day is Wednesday, 18 July and activities run through Sunday, 22 July. For an hour-by-hour schedule, go to the "events" heading on our homepage and click on "Festival Ironwood." Festival Ironwood is financed entirely by individual and group donations, and organized by the Festival Ironwood Committee. Each year there are always both new things and old favorites, from a 2-day outdoor pool tournament to the famous "World's Largest Duck Pick." The Chamber is sponsoring a Thursday evening Dart Tournament at the Depot, starting at 6:30, and you don't want to miss the Saturday Old Depot Car show and arts & crafts sales. Throughout the entire festival there will be a wide variety of food, beverages, music, games, historic vehicles, arts & crafts, and daily 50/50 raffles. Come on down to Depot Park in Downtown Ironwood July 18-22 and join in the fun!
The Season--It Has Arrived
The Memorial Day weekend has just past. Traditionally, this marks the start of "the season"--that brief period of warm air, green grass, long days full of light, and overall energetic feelings that brings to the U.P. visitor folks from all over the United States (and World, too). Don't forget to download IronwoodGO onto your smartphone (it's free!) as it will link you to a great variety of Ironwood businesses and organizations, as well as felivelife.org, the Gogebic Range all-event Community Calendar. There is SO MUCH going on! Also--like and follow the Chamber Facebook page: all the latest posts from our members are shared, as well as their event happenings. Lastly, if you are visiting Ironwood, stop in at the Chamber office in the Historic Ironwood Depot (right downtown). There are handy maps and numerous brochures from our member businesses as well as area guides. Now that The Season is here, the Ironwood Area Historical Society will staff the history portion of the Depot daily from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
It's warm--really, really warm! For the first time since last Fall, the Depot Chamber office door is OPEN! Bird sounds, car sounds, people talking, and rustling wind sounds all waft into the main Depot room. We made it through another year! This Saturday (May 5) is the Ironwood City Clean-up event on Ayer Street, starting at 8:00. You can also come by the Depot and get your registration form for the City Wide Rummage Sale, which will be in Ironwood on Saturday, June 2. Things are certainly all "fruit basket upset" here at the Depot as some display cases are being shifted in preparation for the new visitor season. The Chamber office and all the brochure racks are also being re-arranged and restocked so that all will be in readiness for June 1 and the start of the Summer Season. Watch this space for news of a possible "grand opening" event on First Friday, June 1, here at the Depot.