CRYSTAL FALLS—Summer is the season for festivities, from class reunions to weddings to civic celebrations of all kinds.
A special event this summer is the 50th anniversary of the Bass Festival. Sponsored by the Crystal Falls Lions Club, the festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on July 10 and runs through July 13 at various locales around the city.
The Bass Fest opens on Thursday, July 10, with bingo at the Nylund Building on Superior Avenue. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the first numbers called out beginning at 6. Prizes and cash jackpots are up for grabs and concessions will be available throughout.
On Friday, July 11, fists will fly at the seventh annual Nylund’s Boxing Invitational. Doors open at 5:30 with the first bout scheduled for 7. Arrive early to assure a good view of the action.
The festival kicks into high gear on Saturday, July 12 with the parade along Superior Avenue, beginning at 10 a.m. The theme is “Fun in the Sun,” and there are plenty of good seats along the way to view the event.
At 11:30, it’s the first race of the weekend, as the canoe races get going on the Paint River.
At noon, the community picnic featuring a chicken barbecue gets started at Runkle Lake Park.
A volleyball tournament spikes into action at the same time, while caricature drawings will be available throughout the day.
Live music, provided by One and the Same, will go from 2 to 6 before the first pitch of the annual Wop-Swede softball game is hurled at 7:30.
Sunday, July 13, begins with a pair of events. From 7 a.m. to noon, the VFW Hall on Main Street hosts a pancake breakfast.
Racing gets going again at 9 a.m. with the annual Run Your Bass Off and Walk Your Bass Off at Runkle Lake Park. Registration for the 5K and 10K races and the 5K walk runs from 7:30 to 8:30. The races, which go on rain or shine, start on the road in front of the park.
The community picnic commences at noon with food and refreshments served, while the volleyball tournament continues as well.
The baby contest (age 3 and under) also begins at noon, as does the horseshoe tournament. Kids games and races get under way at 2.
At 2 p.m., the Crystal Theatre will feature an award- winning film, “The 25,000 Mile Love Story.” The producer and editor of the film is Brian Kallies, son of Harold and Wilma Kallies of Crystal Falls. The film chronicles the true-life adventure and journey of Serge Roetheli, an endurance athlete who runs the distance equal to the earth’s circumference to bring awareness and raise money for the world’s impoverished children.
Music by One and the Same goes from 2 to 6.
The fishing contest prizes will be awarded beginning at 3:30. The final entries for the contest must be registered before freezing and judging begin at that time.
Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the festival, with a $1,000 first prize.
All in all, there’s plenty of fun to be had as the Bass Festival celebrates No. 50.