Festival of Treasures: something for everyone

ISHPEMING – Downtown Ishpeming will host the annual Festival of Treasures Thursday, with great music, food and family fun for all ages.

Spilling from Main Street outward into much of the downtown, the festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with entertainment from the Goldmine Girls; Kim Lenten; Toni Saari; Front Street; Hart, Harp & Bones; and Norwegians Would beginning at noon.

Crafters, retailers, food vendors and many others will have a variety of goods, and pony rides, bounce houses and many other games and activities will be available for kids.

Local authors Jerry Harju and Charles B. Smith will be signing books.

“I’m just over the moon about Festival of Treasures, said David Aeh, chairman of the Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority, which co-hosts the event with the Ishpeming Business Association. “It’s something that has been good for our community, it has been something that has been good for our town, it’s something that I feel so proud of…”

Between 5,000 and 10,000 people attend the event each year, Aeh said, making it, for many downtown businesses, one of the most important days of the year.

With the goal of having something for everyone, past vendors have included everyone from the Superior Chapter of the Harley-Davidson Owners Group raising money for Bay Cliff Health Camp to chainsaw carving to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ kiddie pool fishing game.

“We’ve explored everything from hot air balloons to getting (musician) Ted Nugent here,” Aeh said. “So it’s a case where we are still thinking about … always, what can we do to make it better? What can we do to make it more interesting? What can we do to make it more family-friendly? Because what we want is something you can bring your little kids, you can bring grandma, you can bring the ladies from church and you can bring the biker crowd.”

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401. His email address is zjay@miningjournal.net.