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65th Ontonagon Labor Day Festival begins today

Upwards of 2,000 people are expected to descend on Ontonagon between now and Sunday during the village’s 65th annual Labor Day Festival. Organizer Tanya Weisinger says this year’s event is scheduled as normal. Businesses welcome out-of-town visitors for one final gasp of summer on the shores of Lake Superior.

River Street is closed down to allow for vendors to take over the popular downtown strip. Weisinger says the festival provides a strong sense of community, akin to what many do over Fourth of July. She is particularly excited for Saturday’s activities, which will feature a distinctive Keweenaw flair.

We have our Kiddy Parade taking place at noon, with candy toss, candy throws. Live music all day with local bands Lightning Ridge and the Copper Country Clown Band, so we have a band that comes from the Keweenaw each year. They will be starting the festivities on Saturday and also leading the Kiddy Parade.

Weisinger says Ontonagon’s hilly landscape always provides a great vantage point for how popular the Labor Day event is. It’s enough to put a smile on her face every year.

Where the barricades are when you first come into town and you stand at that point and look up the entire Main Street, you can see the whole thing with the hills. And to see all the people, that’s my favorite thing to look at, to see how full our town gets. It’s pretty cool.

A full list of events can be found here.

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