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Lazy Days of Laurium fundraiser a big hit

July 17, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE , Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

LAURIUM - Laurium residents turned out for a good cause Saturday for the second annual Lazy Days of Laurium.

The festival included things such as food, softball and basketball tournaments, a children's bike parade, arts and crafts vendors, kids' games and live music.

Proceeds from the festival went toward improvements to the ice arena, tennis courts and ballfield dugouts at the George Gipp Recreation Area.

Lazy Days started last year as a fundraiser for the ballroom in the Laurium Village Hall.

"It's a day for people to come out, enjoy what we have here and raise money to fix up the places in Laurium," co-organizer Loralee Miller said.

The children's bike parade drew six entries, while the 3-on-3 basketball tournament had four teams each of boys and girls.

"So far, it's going really well," Miller said.

Dana Sprenger of Allouez came with her son Geremy, 5, who was sampling the kids' games in the arena.

"It's pretty nice," she said. "It's good for the kids. He has fun. It gives us something to do."

When asked to name his favorite part of the day, Geremy held aloft an inflatable guitar he won playing ring toss.

Outside, a game in the five-team softball tournament was wrapping up. Tim Stahl of Laurium has played and volunteered both years.

"Even though we don't do well, it's all about the fun," he said.



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