Lake Superior celebration fun and educational

Last Sunday hundreds gathered in Copper Harbor to celebrate Lake Superior Day. While such observances have been held at cities surrounding the Big Lake since the early 1990s, Sunday’s fest was only the second here in the Keweenaw.

Congratulations are in order to Capt. Don Kilpela and all those who helped organize, plan and execute this fun day on the Copper Harbor Boardwalk.

Here in the Copper Country we certainly love a good party. So far this summer, as we do every year, we’ve celebrated the Lift Bridge, Pasties, strawberries, art, music and even sea food.

For the majority of these “fests” the object was merely an excuse to hold a parade and a party.

Not so with Lake Superior Day. While there certainly was food and fun, there was a serious side as well, with talks, demonstrations even excursions on Michigan Technological University’s research vessel.

Lake Superior is considered among the world’s largest sources of fresh water and the attention paid to it, must go beyond floats in a parade.

The educational aspect of Lake Superior Day elevated the festival above many of the seemingly weekly festivals we’ve enjoyed this summer.

Here’s hoping those involved will continue to do what needs to be done, to keep the festival going and growing year after year.