PICKFORD – The town of Pickford is gearing up for its five-day Hay Days festival.
The festival, which takes place August 2-7, is a 43-year-old tradition that began in 1979 as a way for the community to recognize the end of the hay season. For the community of Pickford, which is largely supported by the agricultural industry, this festival draws crowds of people from across the Eastern Upper Peninsula.
“It’s a way to bring everyone together in the community. A lot of people have class reunions over Hay Days weekend. I know a lot of families have their family reunions over Hay Days as well,” said Alyson, organizer of the event. Taylor. “So I think it’s really a way to bring everyone together and celebrate our community as a whole and have some fun events.”
During the festival, Pickford will host dozens of different events, big and small, including live musical performances, a parade through the town centre, a craft and vendor show and many other activities.
“Our parade is another great parade that draws large numbers of people every year. Main Street will be packed with people and people will be in their front yards, blocking the roads,” said event organizer Lindsey Benson. “It’s just a lot of fun.”
The festival will also feature food vendors, food trucks, and multiple food-based activities, including a Burger Bash fundraiser, chicken barbecue, and pancake breakfast.
The money raised through these activities will be used to finance various projects in the community.
There will be live musical performances from bands such as the Rounders and Chad Borgen & the Collective.
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The majority of events included in the festival will take place in or around Pickford Township Park.
The festival will begin with a Farmer’s Market, which opens at 3 p.m. on August 2 and concludes with the Tri-County Speed Horse Association show at 1:10 p.m. on August 7.
The festival is free, but registration is required for some events.
Pickford Hay Days operates with the support of a range of community-wide sponsors, including the Pickford Community Wellspring Foundation.
“In the world we live in today, there seems to be a lot of negativity and it’s just a nice event for people to kick back and relax and have fun,” Benson said.
Visit the Pickford Hay Days homepage for a full list of events and other festival details and to register to attend the events.
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