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Goof-Fest

Scholarship set up to honor memory of Negaunee legend

Alan Ammesmaki, or Goofus, plays his signature polkacello Betty during the Ishpeming Fourth of July Parade in 2017. The inaugural Goof-Fest scholarship benefit celebration is planned Saturday. (Journal photo by Justin Marietti)

NEGAUNEE — The inaugural Goof-Fest scholarship benefit celebration is planned Saturday.

The events will raise funds to establish The Alan “Goofus” Ammesmaki Scholarship for Negaunee High School.

Ammesmaki, known for his one-man band and his spirited support of Negaunee High School, Northern Michigan University and Michigan State University, died in March 2018.

Saturday’s activities kick off with a “pre-game” lunch available at the Negaunee Eagles Club from 2-6 p.m.

A sidewalk kazoo parade is set for 3 p.m. along Iron Street.

Then the party moves to Smarty’s Saloon where Pierre Ogea Karaoke is planned from 4-7 p.m.

The fun heads next to Barr’s Bar, where the Flat Broke Blues Band will play from 7-10 p.m.

During the celebration, prizes and bucket auctions are planned.

For those who cannot attend, contributions to the Ammesmaki scholarship fund can be sent to: Negaunee High School, 500 Arch St. In the memo line, put Goofus.

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