There is no denying it, the Copper Country abounds with summer festivals of one kind or another.
So far this summer, we've "fested" over strawberries, a bridge, our heritage, Finns, lumberjacks, firefighters and pasties.
We've waved our flags at not fewer than a half dozen July 4 parades and yet here we are still ready for another summertime shindig.
The biggest summer event of the Copper Country starts today and it looks like the combination of a picture-perfect weather forecast and months of hard work could make this year's Houghton County Fair one of the biggest ever.
The fair's four-day run begins today and lasts through Sunday, and although it may sound like a cliche, there truly is something for everyone.
There is indeed something special about a county fair. While the high-tech hijinks of the midway rides and games may look like something out of a sci-fi movie, The basics of the fair haven't changed. The pride in showing the blue ribbon for a pie or other delicacy whose recipe was brought from "the old country" a century ago, the excitement of 4-Hers getting together for their once-a-year time in the spotlight or the anticipation of a youngster as the bidding on her market lamb slowly inches upward.
The excitement of the next few days is something that only comes around once a year, and only at a county fair.
Thousands of hours have been poured out over the past 365 days to make this the best fair ever.
In fact all of the hard work is done ... all you need to do is enjoy.