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2014 Logging, Heritage Fest A Huge Success

The 4th annual Marinette Logging and Heritage Festival on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 was a huge success, according to Judy Alwin, Fest chairman.

Attendance almost was double from the past two years. Some of the highlights were the awesome fireworks, Timberwork Lumberjacks from Hayward who were excellent at family entertaining. The kids were mesmerized and the Lumberjacks stayed to sign autographs, Alwin commented.

Otis and Mike, former Ringling Brothers clowns put on three shows a day, and the Car Show had 118 entrants, a much bigger showing than in 2013. The parade lasted 1 hour and 10 minutes and had a patriotic theme.

A few days before the event, Alwin received a call from a Volunteer Center in Fond du Lac, offering the services of 24 youth to help clean up after the Fest and break down tables. They came, she said, and “it was a very welcome treat”.

Alwin thanked the Marinette City Crew and Police Department for their assistance, and added by Monday morning, streets were cleaned with no trace of a party in town!

Also included in the Festival activities were the Ella Smetana Memorial 5K Run/Walk, Twin City “Charity Ride”, music by live bands, Wisconsin Trappers Association display, and New Life Church/Interfaith Worship Service.

William Walker, 92, was chosen as the Parade Marshal. A prominent city and county resident, he spent over 30 years on the Marinette County Forestry and Parks Committee and 32 years as a Marinette County Board Supervisor.

The non-profit event is run by volunteers as a means for service groups from surrounding areas to raise money for their respective causes, Alwin added. It is also an opportunity for crafters to sell their items and for food vendors to offer an array of items each day. She stated, plans will start for next year’s Festival.


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