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Get ready to sing the end-of-summer blues

ALPHA—As summer winds down the music heats up in Alpha for the End-of-Summer Blues Fest, set for Aug. 24. The music of motorcycles will be heard before the blues music starts with the annual Vets Freedom Ride.
    The day begins with the Blessing of the Bikes and Bikers at 11 a.m. followed by the Veterans Freedom Ride and Memorial Poker Run. Motorcycles and cars travel from Alpha through Iron County and return to Alpha with stops at area memorials.
    The Blues Fest gets underway at 12:30 p.m. in the pavilion with music by Flat Broke Blues Band. At 2:30 p.m. the Lark Brothers take the stage followed UP Gumbo at 3:30.
    An intermission set by Paul E. Sundquist follows before the Heather Crosse Band kicks off the evening of music at 5 p.m. followed by Sons of Legend at around 7.
    The bibs will come out for those hungry for a face full of blue at 4 p.m. for the popular blueberry pie eating contest.
    Food and merchandise vendors will be at the site. There are no carry-ins allowed, other than bag chairs. Refreshments will be provided by the American Legion Riders Post 21.
    Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at Slivensky’s Hardware & Lumber, Crystal Oil Sunoco Mart, First National Bank and Trust in Iron River, Alpha Brewing Company and the Music Tree in Iron Mountain.
    The Blues Fest is hosted by Bob Black Promotions and is sponsored by local contributors. For more information, call 875-3913 or email bobblackpro@gamial.com.