With this past weekend's Bridgefest and Bridgefest FEAST celebrations we open up the "fest" season in the Copper Country. For several weekends in a row we have celebrations and festivals coming at us in pretty short order.
We've already had the Lake Trout festival before Bridgefest and now we've got the Relay for Life on Friday with Houghton's Art and Music Festival right on its heals Saturday. And then, in no particular order, we'll have Pasty Fest, Fourth of July, Strawberry Fest and right after that the County Fair starts.
The point is our summers are short and we pack plenty of festivals and celebrations into a pretty small window.
But to what end? A Daily Mining Gazette online poll last week asked readers if they were planning to attend Bridgefest FEAST.
Of the more than 330 respondents, 80 percent said "no." That's an unbelievable number. Luckily enough people did show up this weekend to continue to finance the many Rotary projects for another year.
But the poll does raise some concerns. Are these festivals worth the time, money and effort they take to put on. Do people appreciate them. Earlier this year a South Range business group announced it was cancelling the annual July 4, parade, fireworks and festival. A group was then formed and as Kurt Hauglie reported in Wednesday's Daily Mining Gazette, it's all back on.
Many groups and organizations face similar issues with their festivals.
Our point is, we've got a lot of activities both natural and man-made here in the Keweenaw. Both locals and visitors have no excuse for not finding something to do, especially on the weekends.
The weather has been ideal and the table is set for a summer full of fun and excitement. We've just got to get up and go for it.
As mother used to say, "I'm tired of you kids sitting inside complaining of nothing to do ... now go outside and play."