Lazy in Laurium

LAURIUM – The laid back atmosphere at the George Gipp Recreation Area was about like one would expect for Saturday’s Lazy Days of Laurium.

By late afternoon, after already wrapping up a kids’ bike parade, kids’ games, an art show, horseshoe tournament and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a crowd of people assembled in the park on Isle Royale Street in Laurium to enjoy hours of live music and a variety of food and beverages.

“We sold a lot of food, the kids’ games went really, really well for the first few hours,” organizer Loralee Miller said. “We had 40 kids for the bike parade, and that was awesome.”

The event, which was only dampened by a brief stretch of rain, also featured a Jack-and-Jill Softball Tournament at Billy Miller Memorial Field, which included six teams, the largest field in the three-year history of Lazy Days. In the championship game, Countryside defeated The Wolf 14-8. More detailed results will be published in Tuesday’s Daily Mining Gazette sports section.

Altogether, 21 sponsors and about 30 volunteers helped put on the annual event, which is a fundraiser for repairs to the George Gipp Recreation Area. For more information on the event, visit