Chippewa Days festivities set for Saturday

This year’s Chippewa Days parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of West Chippewa Drive and Dwight Street. The parade entrants will travel down Dwight Street to 4th Street and the parade ends at the Chippewa Township Community Center. (Pioneer file photo)

CHIPPEWA LAKE — Family fun, food and games will highlight the Chippewa Days celebration on Saturday, June 30, in Chippewa Lake.

The annual festival will include a parade, chicken barbecue, custom car show, live music and more. The fun begins with the parade, which starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of West Chippewa Drive and Dwight Street. The procession heads down Dwight Street to 4th Street before ending at the Chippewa Township Community Center.

“We’ve got lots of organizations participating this year,” said Julie Austin, Chippewa Township treasurer. “In the past, Chippewa Days has raised money for the community center, then for the fireworks. The township took the ball this year, and we’re working with other organizations from our area.”

The chicken barbecue will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sold out during Chippewa Days on Saturday, June 30, in Chippewa Lake. (Pioneer file photo)

Favorites from past festivals will continue this year, including the chicken barbecue, which is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sold out. Mixed with the traditional offerings are some new options, including a children’s obstacle course created by the fire department. The obstacle course will begin at 11 a.m.

A custom car show will take place from noon to 4 p.m. in Millett Park. Also in the park, The Remix band will provide live music from 6 to 9 p.m.

“It’s a group that started years ago at the Sweet Note here,” Austin said.

Other events during the festival include the Chippewa Lake Outdoor Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot of the Village Cafe, 10630 Dwight St.; a 50/50 raffle, bake sale, fire department T-shirt sale, book sale at the library and a luminary bags and balloon memorial.

On Sunday, July 1, the community will turn its attention from the land to the lake, when the Chippewa Lake Pan Fishing Tournament takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are separate tournaments for adults and children age 12 and younger. Following the tournament weigh-in, there will be a fish fry dinner at the Chippewa Lake Community Building.

Organizers are hoping the new attractions help bring even more people to this year’s festival.

“It just brings the community together and gives everybody a fun day just to enjoy,” Austin said.

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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