CRYSTAL FALLS—The 13th annual Crystal Falls Summer Fest will take place this weekend, July 26-28. Due to inclement weather during Harvest Fest, the event has been moved and renamed Summer Fest.
The weekend will kick off on Friday, July 26, at 6 p.m. with a free Soundz of Time concert featuring Jan and Gino at the River Walk, located on the Paint River at the bottom of the hill. The concert is sponsored by CoVantage Credit Union.
Saturday, July 26, has several fun events taking place, including an antique and crafters flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live Celtic music will be played in the downtown area featuring John Sundquist, Pat Oaks, and Colleen Szabo from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
A hot dog and brat stand will be located at the Harbour House at 10 a.m. Guided tours of the Crystal Theatre will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Face painting sponsored by Job’s Daughters will start at 11 a.m.
Smokin’ on the Hill, a grilling cook-off, will also take place Saturday. The theme of the competition will be smoked pork. Competitors will be judged by Charlie Steele from the Macdonald House, Ray Bortolini from The Raven’s Nest, and Pat Sommers from Sommers Sausage Shop.
Pre-registration is required. Contact Terrie for more information at 875-6868. Judging takes place at 3 p.m.
The Smokin’ on the Hill Battle of the Bands will take place in downtown Crystal Falls on Saturday. Presently, the Battle of Bands only has one entry. Interested bands should contact Terrie at 875-6868. If additional bands do not register, the current registered band will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. The battle will feature local teen bands and will offer first, second and third prizes. There are no entry fees. Judging will take place at 3 p.m.
Saturday’s events will come to an end with a performance by Ironland, featuring Larry Ketola and Friends, at the VFW.
On Sunday, July 28, Bill and Kate Isles with Loy Larson will be performing at the Crystal Theatre at 3 p.m. The trio combines folk, jazz, old-time and new music in its performance. Advanced tickets for the concert can be purchased for $15 at Ben Franklin’s in Crystal Falls, Iron County Chamber of Commerce in Iron River, Central Arts and Gifts, Steamin’ Joe’s in Florence and The Music Tree in Iron Mountain. Tickets can also be purchased online at thecrystaltheatre.org or by calling 906-367-4072. Admission at the door is $18 for adults and $5 for youth under 18.
Anyone interested in setting up a booth with services or merchandise should contact Terrie at 875-6868. The cost for a 10-by-20-foot space is $12.