Lily Ashburn reigned as Queen over the 2019 Copper Country Strawberry Festival this weekend. Ashburn is a 2019 graduate of Houghton High School, and was sponsored by the Portage Lake District Library. Peyton Gast was named First Runner-Up. She’s a 2016 Lake Linden-Hubbell High School grad, and was sponsored by the Houghton Rotary Club. Vanessa Dulong was named Miss Congeniality. She’ll graduate from Hancock High School in the spring of 2020, and was sponsored by the Magnuson Hotel Copper Crown.
Other members of the court included Allie Virenius, Daityn Markham, Delaney Hird, Lillian Baker, Liz McCloskey, Marli Hietala, Rachael Hall, Raili Therrian and Sydney LaCourt.
Lois Berg was named Citizen of the Year. The Young Citizen of the Year was Wyatt Gerner. The prize winning Berries came from Henry and Cathy Ohtonen.
The award-winners in Saturday’s Strawberry Fest Parade were:
1st – Palosaari Dairy Farm
2nd – Sturgeon River Kennels
1st – RC Mechanical
2nd – Chassell VFW Post 6507
1st – Copper Country Jr. Hockey Association
2nd – Chassell Class 1989
1st – Chassell of Love “Bug”
2nd – Keweenaw Roller Derby
1st – Jerry Kansas 57 Chevy
2nd – Russ Lepisto 55 Ford and Cris Craft Boat
1st – Tapiola Queen and her Shortcakes
2nd – Kayla Dunstan 4 Horses
1st – Aspirus – Copper Country Clown Band
2nd – Lake Linden High School Band
BEST IN SHOW – COPPER COUNTRY Jr. HOCKEY ASSOCIATION