What a weekend it is going to be here in Superiorland. There are so many things going on, everyone should be able to find something fun, exciting and/or community-oriented to do.
The Marquette County Fair started Thursday and offers family fun through Sunday. Rides, concessions, exhibits and live music are all part of the excitement at the Marquette County Fairgrounds which are located just off of Michigan Highway 553 in Sands Township.
The Ore to Shore Bike Epic takes place Saturday, with thousands of participants putting mettle to the pedal. Those who aren't riding certainly can watch the races. The main two races start in Negaunee, with the finish line at Lakeview Arena in Marquette.
Riding of a different kind also is planned Saturday in the Roar to Shore motorcycle ride to benefit Beacon House. Participants in that event will be raising money for a most worthy cause while seeing some of the most beautiful vistas in the world as they ride through Alger and Marquette counties.
Another kind of wheels is featured in Saturday's Buzz the Gut Classic Car show event in Ishpeming. Car enthusiasts will gather from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Cliffs Shaft Museum to look at the fabulous vehicles, then a parade will make its way through Ishpeming and Negaunee, ending at the Ishpeming Elks Lodge for a sock hop.
Still more wheels will be rolling Saturday when Sands Speedway teams with Laird International Raceway of Echo Bay, Ontario, to bring in open wheeled modified racers to the track.
It's the first time in more than two decades that a group of Canadian racers have competed at Sands Speedway. Qualifying starts at 3 p.m. with racing starting at 5 p.m. For more information on the event and admission prices, visit Sands Speedway online at www.sandsspeedway.com.
Then on Sunday, the 2012 Ensign National Championship Regatta will have its opening ceremonies in Marquette starting at 4 p.m. The public will have the chance to meet teams from the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Japan.
Monday through Thursday, some of the most beautiful sailboats in the world will be competing in this annual event, brought to our area for the first time. It should be visually stunning to see these grand vessels in action.
Indeed, what a weekend it is shaping up to be. We hope everyone gets out to enjoy at least some aspect of it.