IRON RIVER—A full weekend of activities is in store this weekend, as the eighth annual Father’s Day Weekend takes place in Iron River.
The Iron County Pullers Association is in charge of the busy slate of events, which includes:
--A truck pull on Friday night.
--The second annual Sale Trail on Saturday.
--The classic car parade Saturday afternoon.
--A demo derby Saturday night.
--The annual auto show and arts and crafts show on Sunday.
The Friday night truck pull and Saturday night demo derby are held in front of the grandstand at the Iron County Fairgrounds, several blocks north of U.S. 2 in Iron River—turn north on Seventh Avenue.
Sunday’s events are on the upper level of the fairgrounds, near the exhibit buildings and the rotunda.
Here is the schedule:
Friday, June 14: The big event is the truck pull, which is run by the Pullers Association in front of the fairgrounds grandstand.
Weigh-in and registration is from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spicer Trucking, on West U.S. 2. The drivers’ meeting is at 5:30, and the pulling starts at 6.
Trucks will pull a weight sled for distance, with entries in a number of classes, broken down by weight, engine size and whether the truck is stock or modified.
Saturday, June 15: The second annual Sale Trail opens a busy day. It’s a city-wide garage sale and flea market, including Iron River, Caspian and Gaastra, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call the Chamber of Commerce office, at 265-3822, for more information or go to www.iron.org.
The annual “cruise” by the classic cars and trucks will be featured in the mid afternoon. The cars will meet at the Krist Oil parking lot on M-189 at 2 p.m.
The cruise starts at 3 p.m. and passes through downtown Iron River, Stambaugh and Caspian before returning to Iron River. Don’t forget your cameras—the cars of yesteryear are always crowd-pleasers.
The always-popular demo derby wraps up the busy Saturday. All the action takes place in front of the fairgrounds grandstand, and it is always one of Iron County’s most popular events.
All demo drivers must register by June 13. Call 906-284-1713 for more information.
The pits open at 2 p.m., and a drivers’ meeting takes place at 5, with the first race starting promptly at 6.
Plan ahead! Demo derbies always draw capacity crowds, so don’t get caught in a long line when the action starts. Arrive early for a good seat; organizers try to start the show on time. Several concessions stands will insure nobody goes hungry or thirsty.
Sunday, June 16: All the Sunday events take place on the upper level of the fairgrounds.
The 36th annual auto show starts with registration from 9 a.m. to noon; the first 75 vehicles to enter get dash plaques. For more information, call 906-265-3822.
The show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when trophies are presented to the top entries in each of 15 classes. The People’s Choice trophy will also awarded at that time.
There is plenty of time to walk around, admire the classic vehicles and talk to their proud owners. By all means, bring your camera!
The Classic Machinery Club of Iron County will show some of its antique farming and industrial machinery at the show.
Nearby, the fifth annual arts and crafts show takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features art, craft, jewelry, antiques and flea market items.
With car lovers and art lovers all in one place on Father’s Day afternoon, concession stands should be busy. Several concession stands will be open, and a DJ will be on hand to keep the music coming.
Corporate sponsors of Father’s Day Weekend are the Krist Oil Co., Tru Recycling, Iron River Auto Supply, Lindwall Motors, Michigan-Wisconsin Spring and Brake Inc., Auto Value Iron River, Al Clements Trucking, Kurtz Diesel, K&D Service and Mr. T’s Family Restaurant.