The arrival of August brings with it a trio of annual events this weekend that will provide loads of fun for the whole family.
Included will be the Lions Field Community Day in Marquette Township and the Ishpeming Renaissance Festival in Ishpeming on Saturday, and a Civil War encampment at the Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township on Saturday and Sunday.
Community Days is in its second year and offers a full day of activities for all ages, including softball games, kids activities, pony rides, raffles, a dunk tank and fire and rescue vehicles on display by the Marquette Township Fire Department, which will also be operating a concession stand.
In addition, there will be live music, including a Texaco Country Showdown Competition and local bands, as well as radio disc jockeys playing music.
The day's activities will begin at 9 a.m. at the Lions Field Recreation Area with Boy Scouts raising the flag while the national anthem is sung. Activities will continue into the evening.
At the 13th annual Ishpeming Renaissance Festival at Lake Bancroft Park, a wide variety of activities will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Included will be arts and crafts booths, vendors, theme-related merchants, a "Kids Castle," and Renaissance period entertainment featuring dancers, musicians, singers, swordsmen and games from the era.
In regard to the annual "Iron Ore and the Civil War" gathering at the iron museum, a full weekend of activities is planned. At the center of the event is Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery from downstate Jackson setting up an encampment and recreating Civil War life.
The company will give presentations throughout the weekend, including artillery and small-arms drills and camp cooking. members of The Future Historians, the museum's costumed student auxiliary, will join in games from the Civil War era.
Activities will be offered while the museum is open - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day - and there is no charge.
All three of these events promise to offer good, wholesome activities that offer something for just about everyone.