Is it really Labor Day weekend?  Wow .. August just flew by.  Hoping September and October go just as fast as I can’t wait to get first tracks!

It’s a very busy weekend in Iron County ….

MINERS DAY FAMILY PICNIC:  Rainbow the Clown will welcome one and all to the Miners Day family picnic at the Iron County Museum on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free face painting will be part of the day’s fun. Other activities include a slide show by Michael Riech, Curator of Earthhaven Museum in Gillett, Wis. Riech’s show about the rocks and minerals of the area will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. He will also feature a display and will help identify any rocks or minerals that people may bring. Jessie McPherson will provide music from the Bond House porch, while attendees are free to visit buildings on the grounds and purchase picnic items that will be on sale in the Bond courtyard. As in the past, homemade pies will also be part of the picnic food available. The picnic site is different from other years due to the renovation project that is now underway in the logging area. This gives visitors an opportunity to see many of the improvements that have taken place at the museum in the last two years.
Golf cart shuttle service will be available throughout the day, especially to the Giovanelli House from 1 to 4 p.m.
At 2 p.m., a Miners Memorial wreath ceremony will take place in the Mining Hall to honor all deceased miners of the area. Door prizes will be awarded, but you need not be present to win. The Miners State Bank of Iron River is making this event possible. For additional information, contact the museum at 265-0529


OPEN MIC NIGHT:  The next Open Mic Night at the Windsor Center is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 30. This month’s lineup features organist Dave Wickerham, Joe Parker, Melanie Rolle, Gary Friestrom and Krista Gussert and pianist Jim Dettlaff. Sponsors for the evening are Riverside Pizza and Dina Mia Kitchens. The show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $3. Children under 12 get in free. For bookings and additional information, call 284-358


CRYSTAL THEATER:  The 10-member band Hip Pocket rocks promise to rock the premises with a blazing horn section. The group’s repertoire ranges from classic rock, rhythm and blues, to Cajun and country


IRON COUNTY FAIR:  The Iron County Fair is celebrating its 124th year this summer. Opening day is set for Wednesday, Aug. 27. The closing day is Sunday, Aug. 31. A few events have been scheduled on different days this year, including the 4-H market livestock auction, which now takes place Saturday at 2 p.m. The draft horse pull is now Thursday at 6 p.m. The arts and crafts sales are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Carnival specials will be offered Thursday through Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. The 2014 fair opens at noon on

Wednesday and stays open until 7 p.m. for entry day.

Thursday is themed “Senior Day,” with a host of activities for the elder set, including a free lunch beginning at noon. Also on Thursday, the antique farm equipment display opens and will last the entire four days. Live music begins at noon with Jim Clements. The Miss Iron County con-test starts at 4:30 p.m. with the winner announced at 7 p.m. after the $75 kids’ coin scramble. The horse arena hosts the horse speed and fun events at 4 p.m. Later in the grandstand, the draft horse pull gets under-way at 6 p.m. The Lovin’ Country music set goes from 6 to 9 p.m. The Friends of the Fair Award will be presented at 7 p.m.

Friday is livestock judging day, with judging beginning at 9 a.m. The 4-H market livestock judging is set for a 1 p.m. start. Music with Old Friends goes from 2 to 5 p.m. in the bandstand before Marilyn Monsivias takes over from 6 to 9 p.m

In the grandstand beginning at 7 p.m., music will be provided by local area bands organized by Interpose Pro-ductions.

On Saturday, the 4-H horse show kicks things off at 9 a.m. Ventriloquist act Skip & Dave starts at 10 a.m. in the rotunda. A “Down on the Farm” presentation takes over in the rotunda at 11. The Open Class horse show gets the afternoon started. The ever-popular 4-H market livestock auction will take place at 2 p.m. Dan Germic provides mu-sic from 2 to 5 p.m. before the demolition derby revs up at 6 p.m. Bill Haasey offers music from 6 to 9 p.m. in the band-stand.
Sunday, the final day of the fair, begins with the loggers/farmers breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by rabbit showmanship at 9 a.m. and the presentation of horse awards at 10:30 a.m. Starting at 11 a.m., the tractor pulls are followed by the truck pulls in the arena. The chicken-and-corn feed will be served starting at 1 p.m. The annual fair raffle drawing will be at 3 p.m. in the grandstand. Richie Yurkovich provides the music from 2 to 5 p.m. Beginning at 5 p.m. all livestock and exhibits will be released, signaling the end of the 124th Iron County Fair. The tractor and truck pulls have free admission. The demolition derby cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children. Parking is $5 for a season pass. Walk-ins are $1 per day


It’s a great place to be!