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Bridgefest 2012!

June 5, 2012 in Community, Events

Bridgefest 2012

Photo courtesy of Keweenaw Photography.

Our community will celebrate the Portage Lift Bridge’s 52nd birthday—a celebration known as Bridgefest—Friday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17.  The Portage Bridge is an important structure in the community as it serves as a link between the cities of Houghton and Hancock and allows for convenient access to the rest of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The weekend’s events will include a parade, local chainsaw carving art, waterski show, firework display, antique car show, and much more. Bridgefest events of special interest to students are the Keweenaw Chain Drive and the Houghton Rotary Seafood Fest.

Keweenaw Chain Drive

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The Keweenaw Chain Drive is a mountain bike race that starts at Magnuson Hotel—Franklin Square Inn in downtown Houghton and ends in the parking lot of Portage Health Hospital in Hancock. Students who wish to participate in the bike race can choose from the 16- or 32-mile courses that are a part of the Hancock trail system. The registration fee is $50 to participate in either race. Each racer in the Keweenaw Chain Drive gets a t-shirt, food at the finish, and free photo downloads. The Keweenaw Chain Drive will take place on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m.

Seafood Fest

The Houghton Rotary Seafood Fest is also taking place in conjunction with Bridgefest. Seafood Fest will be held in Kestner Waterfront Park on Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16. Food will be served on Friday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. The menu includes a wide variety of seafood and sides. A full lobster dinner with two sides is $25; you must purchase ahead of time—ask your local Rotarian. Other menu items sell for between $3 and $15 by ticket, purchased at the event. All proceeds going to charity.

If your student is in the Houghton area, I hope they have the opportunity to head downtown to enjoy the delicious food, great music, and good times.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.

-Samantha Allen,