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2011 BRIDGEFEST CELEBRATION
June 17, 2011
The 24th annual Bridgefest Celebration was held June 23-26, in Hancock and Houghon. There were many events over the three day event.

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The Celebration, is in honor of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, connecting our two Cities. Passing through the Bridge, on Friday afternoon, just before the Parade, was the M/V State of Michigan, operated by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, in Traverse City, MI. The Hancock High School Junior R.O.T.C. Color Guard, carried the Flags for the beginning of the annual Friday evening Parade. Hancock Street, in Hancock, was reopened fully to traffic just the day before to allow both Cities to enjoy the Parade. The Keweenaw Girls Hockey Team, 16 Years of age and up, had a terrific winning season this year. Congratulations. The Michigan Tech Pep Band.
The Michigan Tech Girls Basketball Team, winners of the GLIAC Championship, and Runners Up in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Congratulations to them as well. The Ladies of Cypress Manor, urging us all to get out and enjoy life and each other. The Hancock/Houghton Combined High School Marching Band. As in every Parade, anywhere, the youngsters are mostly interested in the goodies many provide along the Parade route.
The always brightly ornated Thimbleberry Tarts. The Finlandia University Mascot, 'Riku F. Lion', as he is affectionately known. Sponsored by Keweenaw Aspirus Medical Center, the Bridgefest Band. “The World Is Our Stage”, the Head Start Program.
This popular group not only does the difficult, riding unicycles, but juggles at the same time, not only individually, but also back and forth. Marty's Goldenaires Drum and Bugle Corps, from Bessemer, MI, always a popular part of the Bridgefest Parade. And even the age 9-16 Little League Team had a winning season this year. Congratulations to them also. Saturday morning brought the annual Children's Fishing Derby at Porvoo Park in Hancock. This MI State Trooper from the Calumet Post 90, Ed Zawada, brought his offspring, Leo (in back) and Ruby, to try their luck.
Also on Saturday, the annual Portage Health Keweenaw Chaindrive Festival, a 16 mile, and 32 mile event, over both roads, and off road. Some 400 plus entries started this year. Here, beginning the climb up Cemetery Hill in Hancock. And the camera swings around to show the continued climb up the 25 story climb to the rim of the Swedetown Gorge. The Badwater Skiers put on a water skiing exhibition, always a crowd favorite. The Antique Auto Show is a regular part of the festivities.
The two masted schooner, the Coaster II, out of Marquette, MI, was on hand to give trips in the Waterway, here passing Hancock's Porvoo Park (lower). A big part of the Bridgefest Celebration, the huge Houghton Rotary Seafoodfest, held at Kestner Park in Houghton. A number of musical bands and groups play over the three days of festivities. The proceeds that Rotary gains funds many Rotary projects, including benefits to Kestner Park and other area projects. And on Saturday night, the Jon Davis Memorial Fireworks, a superb fireworks display. Hats off to all who work to make the Celebration a success, and to the sponsors who help to make it all happen.
             
           
 
Photos: Roland Burgan r-burgan@charter.net
 
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