Chassell Lions getting ready to host Strawberry Festival 2015. Mark your calendars for July 10-11th. Schedule of events will soon be posted. Plans are for another great time in Chassell.
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
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!
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
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/
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.
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
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.!