Iron County Events

Story Time – Ages 5 and Under @ West Iron District Library
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am – Nov 25 @ 11:00 am

Story Time – Ages 5 and Under

July 8, 2014 @ 10:30 am

West Iron District Library
116 West Genesee Street
Iron River,MI 49935


Stephanie Swenski at 906-265-2831

2014-2015 Hunting Season : Crow
Aug 1 – Mar 31 all-day

2014-2015 Hunting Season Calendar : Crow!

Aug. 1 – Sept. 30 and
Feb. 1 – Mar. 31

2014-2015 Hunting Season Calendar-Crow
Aug 1 – Sep 30 all-day

2014-2015 Hunting Season Calendar

Aug. 1 – Sept. 30 and
Feb. 1 – Mar. 31

3rd Annual Blues Fest @ City of Alpha
Aug 23 all-day

3rd Annual Blues Fest

August 23, 2014 all-day


Bob Black906-265-3822

End-of-Summer BLUESfest
Aug 23 @ 11:00 am

Under the Big Tent, rain or shine. Located at the pavilion behind Village Hall.

  • 11:00 Gates Open
  • 11:00 Blessing of the Bikes & Bikers followed by Veteran Freedome Ride and Memorial Poker Run (motorcycles and cars from Alpha through Iron County & back to Alpha with stops at 3 area Memorials where cards will be punched for a chance to win a HD TV.)
  • 12:00 Willi Tatu
  • 1:30 Blind James & JJ Blues Revue
  • 2:30 Blues Berry Pie eating contest
  • 3:00 Hard Luck Blues
  • 5:30 Fireside
  • 7:00 Eddie & the Bluesers

Tickets: $7.00 in advance, $10.00 at the gate, children under 12 free with adult.

Advanced tickets available at: Crystal Lumber Co., Alpha General Store, First National Bank & Trust-Iron River

No carry ins, bring a bag chair. Food & Merchandise Vendors. Refreshments by the Alpha-Mastodon Fire Department.

Tufts-Rondon VFW Post 2891 music schedule
Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tufts-Rondon VFW Post 2891 music schedule

Aug. 23rd Scott & Pam

Sept. 13th Reggie & the Rascals

All times are 8 to 11

Jim Dettlaff – Piano Concert @ Crystal Theatre @ Crystal Theatre
Aug 24 @ 3:00 pm

You will hear in his vocals and original songs a simple message of hope and encouragement. As a composer and arranger, he has a fresh and sensitive approach in his playing and you will hear this as he shares from over a hundred original songs.

Admission is $8 advance, $10 at door.

Iron County Fair @ Iron County Fair Grounds
Aug 27 – Aug 31 all-day

Every year in mid-August, Iron County’s fairground located on a back road north of the Iron River’s main street district comes to life. For those of you who are city dwellers and never went to one of these fairs, let me break it down for you. The primary purpose of a fair is for the locals to compete in numerous categories: the best livestock (pigs, chickens, cows, horses, etc.), the best fruits and vegetables, floral arrangements, crafts (needlepoint or quilts usually), and then all the kids artwork done by the local 4H Club.

The exhibit barn is symmetrically designed with a separate wing for pigs, goats and sheep, one for the cattle, one for the horses, and yet another for chickens, rabbits and smaller animals. The upper level is for the fruits, vegetables, crafts, and flowers. The judging area is a circular pen in the center of the barn, with seats arranged all around and an upper level viewing deck. Minus the rides and amusements, you can explore the whole fair easily in an hour.

What I admire most are the kids who raised the animals, some of whom are just a few years older than my 5-year old son. You see the kids dressed in their best shirt and jeans, proudly leading their animal into the judging arena. The judge watches the animals and their appearance, their gait, and physical attributes. He then calls out the winners and what he likes about the particular animals. The winners are often purchased by the local grocery stores or meat shops, who display their name next to the market steer or lamb. For the non-winners, he offers advice on what they need to work on for the next year or what he found undesirable about the animals.

Besides the competition, there’s a carnival too, with all the rides and foods associated with carnivals, right down to the inbred-looking ride operators with bad teeth, fading blue tattoos and permanent sunburns. OK, so the rides are fun, but what better way to tell your kids about the importance of a good education so they don’t end up like one of these guys. OK, so some of the rides are fun. This was the first year my 5 year old was able to go on some of them since he’s tall enough.

Iron County’s fair is small compared to the one in Marquette or Dickinson County. However, for the 5 days it lasts, it is a point of pride all around town. On the Saturday night of the fair, the highlight is the Demolition Derby. In the days leading up to the derby, you begin to spot these beat-up junkers parked in driveways and lots around town. Then on the day of the derby, around mid-afternoon you’ll see a procession of these cars rumbling towards the fairgrounds. By late afternoon, the town is shut down as everyone is at the fair. And just for a few hours, all the worries of everyday life disappear as the townspeople gather in the grandstand bleachers for the main event.



Wednesday, August 27

  • Entry Day: Noon-7pm

Thursday, August 28

  • 4-H Open Class Exhibit Judging: All Day
  • Arts & Crafts Sale: All Day
  • Senior Day: All Day
  • Free Lunch for Seniors: Noon
  • Antique Farm Equipment Display: All 4 Days of Fair
  • Jim Clements (music): Noon-3pm
  • Carnival Specials: beginning at 1pm
  • Horse Fun Events: 4pm
  • Miss Iron County Fair Queen Contest: 4:30pm
  • $75 Kids’ Coin Scramble: 6pm
  • Draft Horse Pull: 6pm
  • Grandstand Lovin Country (music): 6-9pm
  • Friends of Fair Award: 7pm
  • Miss Iron County Queen Contest Selection: 7pm

Friday, August 29

  • Open Class Exhibits Judging Continued: All Day
  • Arts & Crafts Sale: All Day
  • Livestock Judging: 9am
  • Carnival Specials: Begin at 1pm
  • 4-H Market Livestock Judging: Noon
  • Old Friends (music): 2-5pm
  • Marilyn Monsivias (music): 6-9pm
  • Interpose Production (various bands): 6pm

Saturday, August 30

  • Arts & Crafts Sale: All Day
  • 4-H Horse Show: 9am
  • Skip & Dave (Ventriloquist): 10am
  • Down on the Farm Presentation: 11am
  • Open Class Horse Show: Noon
  • Carnival Specials: Begin at 1pm
  • Market Livestock Auction: 2pm
  • Dan Germic (music): 3-5pm
  • Bandstand Demolition Derby: 6pm
  • Bill Haasey (music): 6-9pm

Sunday, August 31

  • Loggers/ Farmers Breakfast: 7pm
  • Rabbit Showmanship: 9am
  • Tractor Pull: 11am
  • Truck Pull: Following the Tractor Pull
  • Horse and Speed Events: Noon
  • Carnival Specials: Begin at 1pm
  • Chicken & Corn Feed: 1pm
  • Ricky Yorkovich (music): 2-5pm
  • Iron County Fair Raffle Drawing: 3pm
  • Exhibits and Livestock Released: 5pm


  • Demo Derby: $7 Adults/ $5 Children
  • Tractor Pull/ 4×4 Truck Pull: Free
  • Seasonal Parking: $5–walk in admission $1


The fair has been moved from mid-August to the end of August this summer with opening day set for Wednesday, Aug. 27. The closing day is Sunday, Aug. 31.
Date change is due to the switch to a new carnival. The new carnival will bring different rides and activities, but will be similar to what the Iron County Fair housed in the past.

Parking is $5 for a season pass. Walk-ins are $1 per day, while wrist bands will sell for $25 per day

August 28, 2014 – August 31, 2014 all-day

Iron County Fairgrounds
800 West Franklin Street
Iron River,MI 49935

Jim Shepick 906-265-4915

Lunchbox Buddies @ West Iron District Library
Aug 27 @ 10:28 am – 11:28 am

Lunchbox Buddies
Bring your own lunch and have a picnic while you listen to stories being read!

Knit & Crochet Circle – West Iron District Library @ West Iron District Library
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Knit & Crochet Circle
11:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m.