‘Junction Jam’ more than just another music fest

The third annual Junction 95 “Junction Jam” will be held Friday and Saturday, and the event will feature a wide variety of music, from blues, country, pop and rock. But this is much more than just another music festival — it’s also a great cause.

Junction 95 works year-round to support the Lions Club of Champion, Toys for Tots and Courage Incorporated — a non-profit organization that provides outdoor excursions to individuals and veterans with physical disabilities.

“We sell a beer cup for $10 and split the money with Courage Incorporated. People who buy the mug can get it filled at a deep discount during the Jam weekend,” Rhonda Numikoski told The Mining Journal Wednesday.

So, who exactly is Courage Incorporated?

“Courage Incorporated is focused on helping individuals and veterans with disabilities enjoy outdoor activities,” said Courage Inc. co-founder Erik Conradson. “We provide disabled individuals the opportunity to try something they never thought they could do, or get involved with an activity they may have lost the ability to do.”

Conradson added that the Junction Jam is a great event for the organization, because it gives them a platform to promote the Courage Incorporated name and get in front of a large group of people who may have never heard of them before.

Aside from great music for a great cause, there is also free on-site camping and free shuttles to Van Riper, Michigamme Shores Campground, Republic and Ishpeming.

And as if that wasn’t enough, “We have the biggest bonfire in the county,” Numikoski said.

The Lions Club will also be providing food for the weekend’s festivities.

“It’s a great time for people to get together at the end of summer and enjoy one more round of camping, vendors, and an all-around great selection of music,” said Courage Incorporated founder Nate Denofre. “Not to mention, Junction 95 donates to multiple charities, so it’s good for the local community. Last year’s turnout was not only inspirational, but excellent to see. It’s truly an honor to be here again.”

Admission is $10 per day or $15 for both days, and children’s admission is $5 per day or $7 for both days. For more information, call Junction 95 at 906-339-4195 or check the Junction 95 Facebook page.