ISHPEMING - People from around the area came out to the Festival of Treasures in Ishpeming Wednesday to enjoy music, food and shopping.
The Festival of Treasures is an annual event hosted by the Ishpeming Business Association that allows local businesses and vendors to thrive. IBA member and business owner David Aeh said the turnout was great for the festival, and the great weather definitely helped.
"As a business person I'm very happy," Aeh said. "The best part is to walk around, to visit with folks, see everyone smiling and just really soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the music. To me it's sort of your quintessential small town, Norman Rockwell family fun."
Isabel Belpedio, 3, of Ishpeming rides Trigger the pony during the Festival of Treasures Wednesday in downtown Ishpeming. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Along with the Festival of Treasures in Ishpeming, it's also a time when alumni from the local schools come back to see people again and catch up with old friends.
"I'm not from around here but I've heard from everyone that ... the Fourth of July is sort of an all-school-year reunion," Aeh said. "That if you live away, this is the time of year that you come back and it's just this fun time."
This year the IBA worked to expand the festival and get additional vendors. Also new this year, the event expanded to the other side of Hematite Street with the kids' events set up outside of Wyatt's World.
"So instead of renting something, we are supporting a local business and their endeavor," Aeh said. "They had bounce houses set up outside, and you can rent the space inside to have kids' birthday parties."
Wyatt's World is a new business this year in Ishpeming that allows parents to rent space inside and choose bounce houses or activities for a child's birthday party or any other children's party. This was their first year participating in the festival and owner Michelle Niemi said it was going well.
"We were a little disorganized this year, but we pulled it off and it's going really well," Niemi said.
Wyatt's World had a bounce house and inflatable slide outside for children to play on, as well as other games such as a ring toss and a duck pond. Food was also available.
"This was our first year and we didn't know what to expect. Now we know what to do and what not to do," Niemi said. "So we're going to try and do some things a little differently for next year."
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.