Negaunee’s Pioneer Days is underway

The Negaunee City Band plays during a past Pioneer Days Parade on Iron Street in Negaunee. The week-long festival, jam packed with events, began on Friday with alumni softall tournaments at LaCombe Field. More information about upcoming events can be found on the Negaunee Irontown Association website www.negauneeirontown.org or the organization’s Facebook page. (Journal file photo)

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee Irontown Community Association is hosting Pioneer Days, which kicked off on Friday and runs through July 9.

Throughout the celebration, Pioneer Days Alumni softball games will be taking place on LaCombe Field.

In addition, the community events will start Tuesday.

One of those is at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the form of the Jeannie Kangas Memorial Wine Tasting Fundraiser, which is set from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at VFW 3165, 208 Gold St., Negaunee

Raffles and entertainment by Just The Two of Us will be featured starting at 7 p.m.

Admission is $15 which includes three varieties of wine and hors d’oeuvres with the glass being the ticket holder’s to keep.

All proceeds go to veterans and family support programs..

Other events include a variety of food vendors and music, as well as a handful of class reunions.

As for Negaunee Irontown-hosted events, the first will be the Pioneer Princess Pageant beginning at 7 p.m Thursday at the Negaunee High School Auditorium. On Friday, Negaunee will host the alumni softball finals and championship game at LaCombe Field.

On Saturday, the city of Negaunee will hold the Pioneer Days Parade. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center. The parade will travel down Tobin Street to Iron Street before turning onto South Pioneer Avenue, then East Main Street followed by Brown Avenue and ending on Mitchell Avenue. Lineup for the parade begins at 10:30 a.m.

The city will also be hosting Music in the Park at Old Town from 2 – 7 p.m. Saturday. Music will be provided by DayDreamers as well as The Band Stetson. And beginning at dusk, the Negaunee fireworks display will take place over Teal Lake.

Due to a limited number of volunteers, Irontown is planning on having the Pioneer Days Celebration in a more condensed format, with the addition of safety precautions. While it may not have all the events as in the past, it is hoping to maintain a majority of the celebration and retain something for everyone to enjoy.

For more information go to www.negauneeirontown.org/pioneer-days.html.

Brennan White can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. His email address is bwhite@miningjournal.net.


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