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Pioneer Days in Negaunee start Sunday

July 7, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Ishpeming Bureau ( , The Mining Journal

NEGAUNEE - This weekend, Negaunee's Pioneer Days is set to kick off for the 33rd year, bringing former residents back to town, visitors into town and a weeklong celebration for everyone involved.

The festivities begin Sunday at the Jackson Mine Park for the Old Towne Festival. Running from 1-8 p.m., the festival includes live music and food vendors, allowing those returning to the area to reconnect.

On Tuesday, Pioneer Week continues with the Underground Praise Band Concert at the Negaunee City Band Shell at 7 p.m.

Wednesday contains a full day of events, beginning with the Negaunee Elks' Kids Bike Parade running from the Railo building to the Negaunee Ice Arena beginning at 11 a.m. and followed by the Elks' Kids Day, also at the arena from noon until 3 p.m.

Following the kids' activities, the Jackson Mine Farmers Market runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Miners Park, the 18th annual Car Show and Cruise is held at Pasquali's with the drive in at 6 p.m. and cruise at 9 p.m. In addition, the Negaunee City Band holds its weekly concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the band shell.

Thursday is the Pioneer Princess Pageant at the Negaunee High School auditorium at 7 p.m., the Negaunee High School and Alumni jazz concert at the band shell at 8 p.m., capped by social night in downtown Negaunee, also starting at 8 p.m.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Pioneer Days

When: Sunday-Saturday

Where: Various locations in Negaunee

Friday is the Pioneer Days Flea Market on Iron Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday hosts many of the largest Pioneer Days events, starting with the 30th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Range Bank Fun Run/Walk along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The Pioneer Days Parade begins in downtown Negaunee at 11:30 a.m., followed by the firefighters tournament and community picnic which both begin at Teal Lake at 1 p.m., with the fireworks display going off at dusk over the lake.

Throughout the week there are alumni softball games, a tennis challenge, breakfasts, open houses and a variety of class reunions.

To help support the fireworks display, raffle tickets are available from the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is



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