CRYSTAL FALLS—The Fourth of July won’t be the only celebration in Iron County this week. Thursday also marks the first day of the 49th annual Bass Festival, sponsored by the Crystal Falls Lions Club.
Bass Festival will continue through Sunday, July 7.
The main events on the first two nights are at the Nylund Building on Superior Avenue. On Thursday, July 4, it’s bingo night, with prizes, cash jackpots and concessions. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and at 6 it’s bingo time. Who’s got the lucky number?
On Friday, July 5, the big event is Nylund’s sixth annual boxing invitational, with a full card of amateur bouts, both youths and adults, expected. The doors open at 5:30, and the bell will ring at about 7. Try to get there early—boxing always attracts a good crowd.
Saturday, July 6: Bass Festival kicks into high gear on Saturday morning. The annual Bass Festival parade is at 10 a.m.—this year’s theme is “Fun in the Sun”—and there are plenty of good seats along Superior Avenue in downtown Crystal Falls.
At 11:30 a.m., it’s time for the canoe races on the Paint River. The race starts at the base of the city’s power dam, and the paddlers’ finish line is at the M-69 bridge.
After that, all the events are at Runkle Lake Park. A chicken barbecue starts at noon, and so does a volleyball tournament. Enjoy the day with live music starting at noon—The Real Deal with Paul Sundquist takes the stage from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
The next round in the annual Wop-Swede softball rivalry takes place at the Runkle Lake Park softball diamond, with the first pitch at 7:30 p.m. (Last year, the Italians won 17-14.)
Concessions stands will be busy all weekend, selling brats boiled in beer, hamburgers, hot dogs, pop, coffee and other popular drinks. Caricature drawings will continue all day both Saturday and Sunday.
The Bass Festival fishing contest runs all weekend. To enter, you must pre-register at Crystal Bait and Marine. The entry fee is $5, with all kids 16 and under free.
All fish must be registered at the bait shop before freezing.
Sunday, July 7, begins with two events that couldn’t be more different. From 7 a.m. to noon, the VFW Hall on Superior Avenue hosts a pancake breakfast.
Meanwhile, back at Runkle Lake Park, the annual Run Your Bass Off races start at 9 a.m. There are 5K and 10K races and a 5K walk. The races start and end at the park. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., if you haven’t registered in advance.
The Community Picnic starts at noon, with concession stands, food and refreshments. The volleyball tournament resumes. A horseshoe contest starts at noon, and so does a baby contest for little ones 3 years and younger.
At 2 p.m., kids’ games and races are scheduled along with music by Fireside with Paul Sundquist from 2 to 6 p.m.
The final entries in the fishing contest are also turned over to judges in the early afternoon, and prizes are awarded at 3:30 p.m.
Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the Bass Festival, with a $1,000 first prize. It’s a busy weekend with plenty to do and plenty of fun for all.