Photos from Strawberry Festival 2014

Congrats to 2014 Strawberry Queen, Shawnia Taisto!

Congrats to 2014 Strawberry Queen, Shawnia Taisto!

The 66th annual Strawberry Festival was a huge success!  We would like to thank everyone in the community who helped out, participated in, and enjoyed the festival. Below is a small photo gallery showcasing some of the highlights from the festival this past weekend. We would also like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to 2014 Strawberry Queen, Shawnia Taisto and our First Place Parade Winners, Palosaari Dairy Farm (Commercial), Kim Maki (Patriotic), Jenna Wealton (Equestrian), Ken & Rachel Laurn (Humorous), Keweenaw Roller Girls (Strawberry and Best in Show), Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Antique), and the Kingsford Marching Band (Music). Berry winners will be posted as soon as I have the list.  For a complete list of Parade winners please click on the link: Strawberry Fest Parade Results 2014

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Strawberry Festival is Here!

A photo of a little girl and her dog enjoying some shortcake at the 1962 Strawberry Festival.  (Photo courtesy of the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections)

A photo of a little girl and her dog enjoying some shortcake at the 1962 Strawberry Festival. (Photo courtesy of the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections)

Strawberry Fest kicks off today!  We hope to see you down in Chassell for fun and festivities.  For a schedule of events please visit the Strawberry Festival Schedule and Activities page.  Don’t miss the fun or our famous strawberry shortcake!

MTU’s Research Vessel Agassiz at Strawberry Festival

Michigan Tech's research vessel Agassiz will be offering free 30-minute scientific excursions during the Strawberry Festival on Saturday, July 12.  For more information please or to sign-up for an excursion please contact the Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education at (906) 487-3341 or come to the Chassell Marina dock on Saturday between 12:30 and 4pm.  Space is limited! (Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Research Center website)

Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz will be offering free 30-minute scientific excursions during the Strawberry Festival on Saturday, July 12. For more information or to sign-up for an excursion please contact the Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education at (906) 487-3341 or come to the Chassell Marina dock on Saturday between 12:30 and 4pm. Space is limited! (Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Research Center website)

Michigan Tech University’s research vessel Agassiz will be at the Strawberry Festival on the afternoon of July 12 from 1-5. Please see the press release below from the Western U.P. Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education, part of the Great Lakes Research Center.  For a printable version of the press release to post or distribute, please click on the link: PR_Agassiz_at_StrawberryFest2014

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For Immediate Release: July 7, 2014
For More Information Contact: Joan Chadde (906) 487-3341

FREE scientific excursions aboard MTU’s research vessel Agassiz at Strawberry Festival, 1-5 pm, Saturday, July 12 at Chassell marina

‘How do scientists assess the health of Lake Superior’ is the focus of FREE scientific excursions that will be offered at the Strawberry Festival from 1-5 pm, Saturday, July 12, departing from the marina. The public is invited to sign up for FREE 30-minute scientific excursions aboard Michigan Tech’s research vessel Agassiz by calling the Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education at 487-3341 or coming to the Chassell Marina dock on Saturday between 12:30 and 4 pm. Spaces go quickly. On-site sign-ups begin at 12:30 pm with first departure at 1 pm. Half of spaces will be saved for onsite participants.

On each scientific excursion, Marcel Dykstra, an MTU Great Lakes scientist, will demonstrate the use of sampling equipment to collect plankton and sediment, evaluate water clarity, temperature, and turbidity that tell us about the health of the lake, i.e. Chassell Bay. Microscopes will be on shore so participants can view the organisms. Participants will investigate the connection between land uses and the health of the Great Lakes.

Scientific excursions will depart from the Chassell marina dock approximately every half hour. Space is limited to 15 persons per excursion (children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult). Life jackets are available for all passengers. Remotely-Operated-Vehicle (ROV) demonstrations will also be conducted from the Chassell Marina dock throughout the afternoon.

“Copper Country residents and visitors are encouraged to learn how scientists study the Great Lakes and what factors contribute to a healthy lake,” explains Joan Chadde, education program director. “These scientific excursions for the public have been offered at the Strawberry Festival since 2006 and have been extremely popular. Youth and adults enjoy the opportunity to interact with Great Lakes scientists and get their questions answered.”

The event is coordinated by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center. This year, the program is funded by the GM Ride the Waves Program putting more than 500 Copper Country youth and adults on the water to learn about the Great Lakes and promote STEM careers, along with support from the Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society and the Chassell Lions Club.

 For More Information or to sign up for an excursion, contact: (906) 487-3341
Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education:  http://wupcenter.mtu.edu/ Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center:  http://greatlakes.mtu.edu/
Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society:   http://www.mtcws.mtu.edu/
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative:        http://lakesuperiorstewardship.org/

Welcome to New Members and Board Members

The Chassell Lions Club recently swore in new board members.  We also welcomed 2 new members to the club.  Please be sure to welcome our new club members and congratulate the new members of the board.

The swearing in of new board members.  From left to right, standing: Severi Haataja, Lion Tamer, Ross Rinkanen, 2nd Vice-president, Gary Worrall, 1st VP, John VanWestenberg, Treas., Bill Leonard, Director and Festival Treasurer, Dan Crane, Secretary, Judy Evert, Recording Secretary and Membership Director, John Mackrain, newly installed President, Lois Berg, Director and Past President.  Missing: Pam Hiltunen, out-going President, Neil Ahola, Dan Palosaari, Chris Sayen, Hazel Tepsa, and Judy Rupley.

The swearing in of new board members. From left to right, standing: Severi Haataja, Lion Tamer, Ross Rinkanen, 2nd Vice-president, Gary Worrall, 1st VP, John VanWestenberg, Treas., Bill Leonard, Director and Festival Treasurer, Dan Crane, Secretary, Judy Evert, Recording Secretary and Membership Director, John Mackrain, newly installed President, Lois Berg, Director and Past President. Missing: Pam Hiltunen, out-going President, Neil Ahola, Dan Palosaari, Chris Sayen, Hazel Tepsa, and Judy Rupley.

Here are our new members and their sponsors, from left to right: George Stockero sponsoring wife, Shari Stockero.  Lynn Gierke, new member, sponsored by June Michaelson.

Here are our new members and their sponsors, from left to right: George Stockero sponsoring wife, Shari Stockero. Lynn Gierke, new member, sponsored by June Michaelson.

 

2 Weeks Until Strawberry Fest!

John, our incoming president, looks delighted to ride along in the Bridgefest Parade on June 13.  Look for him and the lion in the Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m.

John Mackrain, our incoming president, looks delighted to ride along in the Bridgefest Parade on June 13. Look for him and the lion in the Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m.

This is a friendly reminder that the 66th annual Strawberry Festival starts on Friday, July 11. There is still time to register for the 5k/2k Fun Run and we hope you will consider joining us for arts, crafts, the queen pageant, the parade, and of course our famous strawberry shortcake! Check out a full list of activities on the festival website:  http://coppercountrystrawberryfestival.com/Schedule-and-Activities

Register Online for the Fun Run

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The First Chassell Lions Fun Run, which will take place on Saturday, July 12, will benefit Simple Kindness for Youth (S.K.Y). (Image courtesy of the S.K.Y. website)

Online registration for the 1st Strawberry Festival Fun Run 5k/2k is now available. Online registration is available through the Superior Timing Website at http://register.superiortiming.com/. Be sure to click on “Strawberry Festival Fun Trail Run” to begin online registration. You can also print and mail in your registration and waiver forms, which are available on our website on the Fun Run for S.K.Y. tab.

The Fun Run will take place on Saturday, July 12, 2014 and it will benefit Simple Kindness for Youth.  In addition to prior registration, there will also be a registration table open from 7:00-7:45 a.m. the day of the race at the Chassell Heritage Center. The race will be on the Chassell Trails, behind the heritage center. We hope to see you there and we look forward to raising money for S.K.Y.!

 

Strawberry Fest is Approaching!

Throwback Strawberry FestThe Chassell Strawberry Festival is a few short weeks away. We hope you are getting as excited as we are! The 2014 Strawberry Festival will be held Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 in Chassell. The public is also welcome to attend the berry cleaning on Thursday, July 10, 2014 in the pavilion down by the waterfront. For a full list of events please see the schedule of events on the festival website.

As preparations continue we thought it would be fun to see a photo from years gone by. Chassell Lions member Pamela Hiltunen is pictured here on the right with her brother Mark Hackmann at a festival back in the day.

Caption reads: Mark and Pamela Hackmann of Chassell appear to know the location of the Copper Country Fruit Growers Office. At least this is true according to the sign. Both children reside near the office and have a sweet tooth for the luscious berries which grow in the Chassell district. They said they didn’t know whether they would attend the big strawberry banquet in Chassell but they did stress that if their parents went they wouldn’t mind going along. The tots saw the first big shipment of berries move Wednesday afternoon from the Chassell storage warehouse. (Article courtesy of the Daily Mining Gazette, clipping provided by Pam Hiltunen)

If you have memories, photos, or stories from Strawberry Festivals from years gone by please share them in the comments!