Getting summer going

LAURIUM – Summer has finally hit the Copper Country, and the village of Laurium is celebrating with its third annual Lazy Days of Laurium Festival.

Loralee Miller, event organizer, said the festival – which takes place beginning at 11:30 a.m. July 13 with a children’s bicycle parade – is intended to get people into the Gipp Recreation Area on Isle Royale Street.

“We started it just to take advantage of the recreation area we have in the village,” she said.

There is no entry fee for the festival, but Miller said there are fees for some of the sporting events, the craft tables, children’s games and food and drinks.

A complete list of events and times can be found online at

Most of the sport events require registration by no later than July 9, Miller said. The exception is the horseshoe tournament, for which people can register on July 13.

“It’s the first year we’re doing it,” she said.

Miller said all proceeds from the festival will be used for improvements at the recreation area, including one of the ball fields, on which work began last year.

“It looks like it’s going to take more than we raised last year,” she said. “None of the money (raised by the festival) will go anywhere but the Gipp Recreation Area.”

In case of bad weather, Miller said the sport events may have to be cancelled. If that happens, the various captains will be contacted.”

“Everything else will go on rain or shine,” she said.

Miller said event organizers are still looking for volunteers. Information can be found at the website or by calling her at 369-1617.