Lots going on in August

August has arrived and we look to add cooler fall weather to an already cool summer.

At the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber of Commerce we want to let you know about some of the exciting things happening during this last month of summer vacation.

On Tuesday, the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority is holding a dedication and ribbon cutting for the newest segment of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. Come down the Old Towne Park and the Negaunee Trailhead to hear the guest speakers Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh.

If you haven’t had the chance to walk the new portion of the trail, stop into the chamber office and grab a free map of the 47-mile trail and plan your next walk, hike or even snowshoe.

While on the trail you can see, firsthand, the history of our area – all the way from the open pit mines, mine shafts, old engine houses and ore docks, and the foundations of houses, sidewalks and roads near Old Towne in Negaunee.

Refusing to give up our summer so easily, the Summer Concert Series in Downtown Ishpeming continues with its final shows on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29.

This is a great opportunity to watch local talent and a gathering place for friends and neighbors, both new and old. If you’re worried about the rain, come down anyway and get a chance to watch the bands perform inside the historic Butler Theater.

As August closes, we can’t forget one of the premier events on the west-end, the Suicide Hill Mud Plunge Aug. 23-24.

The night of Aug. 23 will include Croatian chicken dinner (stop by the Chamber for an advanced chicken ticket), the CrossFit 906 1K Kids Run at 7 p.m. and Fox Negaunee Twilight Run at 10 p.m., be sure to pull out your headlamp if you plan on running.

When you come down, either to run or cheer or eat chicken, you’ll also be treated to the free concert by the Crane Wives, sponsored by the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Aug. 24 will once again feature the A. Lindberg and Sons Competitive Run at 9 a.m. and Bell Hospital Fun Run at 11 a.m.

Sandwiched in-between the two events at 10:30 a.m. is the Ski Club fundraiser, the CrossFit 906 Hill Climb, the 200 meter climb to the top of Suicide Hill.

After it all, you can head over to the Jasper Ridge Brewery for the Awards Ceremony and post Mud-Plunge Party.

Registration is still open for all of the races, but be sure to get your name in as soon as possible to guarantee you a T-shirt.

Don’t want to run? Please consider volunteering. This event requires over 100 volunteers to help with registration, the starting line and finish line and monitor the obstacles. Come to the chamber and sign-up for a volunteer shift and get your own Mud Plunge T-shirt.

As a runner, albeit a slow one, in the last two Mud Plunges I have always been in awe of the number of people who come to one of our amazing locations to run or watch.

By turning this into a two-day event, we are truly making this a community event- come dine with us, dance with us, run with us and cheer with us.

It truly is a sight to behold.

Editor’s note: Kori Tossava is executive director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce.