by Peter Jakey–Managing Editor
The stage is being set in Onaway for the “Greatest Fourth in the North.”
The annual celebration in the Sturgeon Capital is the town’s biggest event of the year with a parade, the best arts & crafts in the north, food and fireworks. There will be activities going on throughout the weekend, culminating with the final day of festivities on the holiday.
“We have some fun activities planned for the Fourth,” said Jessica Richards, Onaway Community Chamber of Commerce president.
Saturday there will be a “Raise the Roof” 5 K run/walk at 8 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
The Dancing Hippo Arts & Crafts Show starts a three-day run and will be open Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
Later that night, it’s kids night at the Onaway Speedway with a fireworks show. At 8 p.m. is one of a few new events called Blues, Brews, and Booze at Manzana’s Restaurant.
Going along with the theme this year, Sunday there will be a superhero costume party/costume contest at the Bluffs on Black Lake at 8 p.m. The entry fee for the costume contest will be donated to the 2017 fireworks fund. There will be prizes for first to third place.
“Everyone who enters is also welcome to walk in the grand parade in their costumes the next day,” said Richards. “The grand parade will kick off at noon. Honored guests include our grand marshal, Marty Mix, accompanied by his wife and kids.
“Also, new this year is our parade ambassador, Petey Szala. He received multiple nominations from community members, so he’s proudly kicking off our parade.”
Moran Iron Works will have its usual entry and once it has gone through the parade it will end up in Awakon Park.
Kids’ games start at 10 a.m. Monday, as well as the last day of the Dancing Hippo. The American Legion Post will have a food and beverage stand at Brian’s Auto Sales.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars chicken dinner starts at 10 a.m. until gone.
The giant salad bar at St. Paul Catholic Church is back along with another staple: the pie and ice cream social at United Methodist Church. Both church events start at 11 a.m.
“Join us for the Best Fourth in the North fireworks at dusk near Horrocks Field along M-211,” said Richards.