Think spring by attending local events

Wings of spring
When days feel longer, a sure sign of spring is when the swans, geese, cranes and herons return to the Northwoods. A pair of trumpeter swans found open water along Sunset Creek on Homer Road near Iron Lake Road. – photo by Kevin Zini

IRON RIVER—Though winter seems hesitant to leave the area, local residents can help foster a feeling of spring by attending a series of events this weekend.
    On Saturday, April 14, the first “Live, Work, Play” show, a spin-off of the former Business Expo, will be held, along with the 22nd annual Family Fun Fair and the Spring Craft & Garden Show at various locations around Iron River.
    The Live, Work, Play show will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the West Iron County High School gymnasium. The show is a sport show, business expo and job fair all in one.
    “We’ve been steeping ourselves in our ‘Live, Work, Play’ theme,” said Erika Lindwall, chamber director for the Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance. “Iron County has so much to offer for recreation, arts and culture, and career opportunities so this show is going to showcase our very best in those areas.”
    Lindwall explained that local and regional businesses and organizations have been registering to exhibit their spring inventory, programs and events, and recruit for open positions.
    Admittance will be free, and there will be dozens of opportunities to win door prizes and “big ticket” items.
    This year, The Curious Pig, a new Crystal Falls restaurant, will be on hand to provide tasty and unique food for the event, focused on their home-smoked barbecue menu items.
    “This event is a great way to showcase the amazing businesses and service organizations we have here in Iron County,” said Alliance Executive Director Paul Schuytema. “It’s also an opportunity to remind folks just how important it is for all of us to spend our hard-earned dollars locally. It really makes a difference.”
    The Family Fun Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Stambaugh Elementary School gym. The event will feature a book fair, a concession stand to raise money for the Spanish Club’s trip to Costa Rica, games for kids, a pencil sale and a theme basket fundraiser.
    Children’s game tickets will cost 75 cents each or three for $2. Theme basket tickets will cost $1 each of six for $5. Baskets on display will include a pet basket, a garden basket, a school supplies basket, a sports basket and a beverage basket. All items in the basket were donated by Stambaugh Elementary students. The funds from this event are used for students at Stambaugh Elementary.
    The Family Fun Fair is sponsored by the West Iron County School Association (PTA), Young Pacesetters (4-H) and the West Iron County Spanish Club.
    The Spring & Garden Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Windsor Center. The event is complete with artists, crafters, bakers, wood workers and all kinds of unique gifts and treasures.
    “It’s their biggest craft show of the year, so it’s a ‘can’t miss’ for the community,” Lindwall said.
    Other events in the area include a free art show at the Beechwood Hall from noon to 4 p.m. and the beginning of the Iron County Historical Museums Spring Rummage Sale Fundraiser Days. Doors will open to shoppers at 10 a.m. on April 14 and will continue through Sunday, April 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. All proceeds go toward the maintenance and upkeep of museum buildings.    
    For more information on these and other Iron County events, visit www.iron.org/events or call 265-3822.