IRON RIVER—Get ready for summer’s first busy weekend: The ninth annual Father’s Day Weekend is scheduled in Iron River June 12 to 15.
The events include a truck pull, a classic car parade, a demo derby, the third annual city-wide garage sale and flea market, an arts and crafts show and the 37th annual auto show.
The Friday evening truck pull and Saturday evening demo derby are held in front of the grandstand at the Iron County Fairgrounds, several blocks north of U.S. 2 in Iron River.
Sunday’s events are all on the upper level of the fairgrounds, near the exhibit buildings and the rotunda.
All the events are sponsored by the Iron County Pullers Association. Plans are as follows:
Thursday, June 12
The weekend begins with a free concert at the Iron River RV Park, starting at 7 p.m. The featured band will be Ironland. In case of rain, the concert will be moved inside Ottawa VFW Post 67.
Friday, June 13
Friday evening’s big event is the truck pull, held by the Pullers Association in front of the grandstand at the fairgrounds.
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, divided by weight, engine size and whether the truck is stock or modified. Call 906-282-8386 for more information or to enter your vehicle.
Saturday, June 14
A busy Saturday starts with the third annual city wide garage sale and flea market at the RV Park. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Iron River, Caspian and Gaastra. Call the Chamber of Commerce office (265-3822) or go to www.iron.org for more information.
The classic cars that are the stars of the auto show on Sunday make their first appearance during the annual car parade. The cars will gather 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.
After dark, the big event is a demo derby in front of the fairgrounds grandstand. The pits open at 2 p.m., and a drivers meeting takes place at 5. The first race starts promptly at 6.
All demo drivers must pre-register between June 6 and 12. Call 906-284-1713 for more information.
Spectators, plan ahead! Demo derbies in Iron County always draw capacity crowds. Don’t get caught in a long line when the action starts. Arrive early for a good seat because organizers try to start the show on time. Several concessions stands will make sure nobody goes hungry or thirsty.
Sunday, June 15
All the fun on Sunday takes place on the upper level of the fairgrounds.
Registration for the 37th annual auto show starts with registration from 9 a.m. to noon. The first 100 vehicles to enter get dash plaques. For more information, call 906-284-0077.
The show takes place 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—that is decided by the people who visit the show and fill out ballots.
Classic Farm Machinery of Iron County will have a display of antique farming and industrial machinery.
There is plenty of time to walk around, admire the classic vehicles and talk to their proud owners. By all means, bring your cameras!
Nearby, the sixth annual arts and crafts show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features art, craft, jewelry, antiques and flea market items.
The fair’s “blue building” and Rotunda will be available for those who want to show their items under a roof, and there will outside display space as well. Call 906-282-8386 for more information.
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, Mr. T’s Family Restaurant, Northern Septic-BAR Enterprises and WIKB The Bull.