HOUGHTON - Entering its 10th year, the Houghton Spring Art and Music Festival has grown since its inception in 2002.
Put on by the city of Houghton and the Copper Country Community Arts Center, the festival has switched venues several times - and this year has moved from Shelden Avenue to the parking deck behind the Keweenaw Brewing Company - but its goals have always been the same: to bring people downtown, celebrate spring and give local families a fun event to attend.
"It's a slow time of year, so we want to get people downtown and started on their summer activities," said Houghton Village Manager Scott MacInnes, who has been involved with the festival since its beginning. "It seems like the music venue has grown in popularity, and we get a lot of different artists involved."
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One of the bands playing at last year’s Houghton Spring Art and Music Festival is shown on Shelden Avenue in Houghton. This year’s festival will feature five local bands and will be located on the parking deck behind the Keweenaw Brewing Company.
CCCAC Assistant Director Bonnie Loukus is excited that the festival has gotten to its 10th year, and is pleased with how it has grown.
"Year after year we always want to grow the festival," Loukus said. "Having it on main street the last two years has developed it."
Despite an ever-evolving array of activities, the heart of the festival remains the same with live music and artist's booths. Melissa Hronkin, Houghton Elementary School art teacher, has been involved with volunteering at the festival for a number of years and is actually getting her own booth this year.
"I've helped with the children's activities which has been a big draw, and helped with events to promote Art in the Garden," Hronkin said. "This year, we're actually going to be vendors there - we are beekeepers, so we sell honey and hive products. We're bringing an observation hive so people can see the bees in action, and I do artwork with the beeswax."
Hronkin has been at multiple locations for the festival, but is particularly pleased with this year's choice.
"I'm really excited about the new location on the parking deck," Hronkin said. "I think that will be a nice space.
"It will give us a nice view of the bridge, and it's really amazing what they've built the festival to over the years."
For more information about the festival, or to apply for a booth before Friday's deadline, call the CCCAC at 482-2333 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.