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Explore the beauty, charm and serenity of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. You will soon realize why so many people have called this area home.
Hancock is the Michigan town I call home. This quaint community is an ideal location for those seeking the amenities of city life while enjoying the comforts of a rural setting. Come on up for a visit and allow me to be your host in our beautiful town.
Michigan Tech often registers more than 200 inches of snow in a season. Not content to let this abundant natural resource go to waste, students band together in an annual celebrtion of our beautiful, tough, exhilarating, and character-building climate.
Winter Carnival began in 1922, with a one-day Ice Carnival. It was so popular that students made it an annual event, and Winter Carnival as we know it began to take shape.
It was suspended in 1930, in the aftermath of the stock market crash, but in 1934, Blue Key Honor Fraternity resurrected the event. Then, 1936 brought the biggest change, one that would become Carnival's best known tradition: snow statues.
Since then, the statues have become famous for their size, detail, and design as building methods (and secrets) have been passed from year to year.
During World War II, Winter Carnival was again suspended. It took off again in 1946, when the Stage Revue was added, with fraternities, sororities, and other campus organizations presenting skits for the enjoyment of the crowd and the performers alike.
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Heikinpaiva Mid-Winter Festival celebrates the mid-point of winter with a series of Finnish related activities. Classes in Finnish cooking & baking, squeaky cheese making, fan birds, birch bark weaving, Kantele, tango and wheat weaving will be held. Events include the "Karhu Tanssi" (Bear Dance); Club Finndigo dinner and a movie at the Calumet Theatre; a parade through downtown Hancock starting followed by boot-throwing and wife-carrying contests; a Tori Market at the Finnish American Heritage Center on Quincy Street; a polar bear dive on the Hancock waterfront; a reindeer camp on the Hancock Middle School lawn; an authentic Finnish buffet at Finlandia Hall followed by a tanssit (dance). On Sunday a St. Henrik's Commemorative Church Service will be held at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on West Quincy Street.
Bridgefest was organized to celebrate the "birthday" of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which provides a vital link between the communities of Houghton and Hancock, as well as a link to the Keweenaw Peninsula. The celebration includes many events, including shows, concerts, contests, boat tours, sporting events, and the annual Bridgefest parade and fireworks display. The waterfront provides a venue for most activities as well as arts, crafts, and and vendor exhibits. Bridgefest is held in conjunction with the Houghton Rotary Seafood Fest, which provides a variety of delicious foods including live lobster!
To learn more about the history of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, you can visit the City of Houghton's Historic Tour online.
The Houghton County Fair is held in Hancock every year at the end of the summer, the weekend before Labor Day weekend. It offers a great opportunity to come out and have a great time with friends and family with entertainment ranging from Monster Trucks, Great Lakes Timber Show, livestock shows, motocross, demolition derbies, horse pull, tractor pull and Houghton County Fair Queen Competition.
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Michigan Interactive™ would like to show you around Michigan's outdoors. Using maps, photos, stories and current reports you can tour many different outdoor recreation areas. Michigan, known as the Winter Water Wonderland, offers countless fishing and boating possibilities with many harbors along endless miles of Great Lake shoreline. In winter Michigan snowmobiling also shines with more groomed snowmobile trails than anywhere in the country. ATV and motorcycle trails also ribbon the state. Fall hunting takes a back seat only to the fall colors that burn through Michigan's hardwood forests. Many Michigan golf courses are fast becoming the standard by which others are judged and offer many beautiful challenges throughout the state. Fishing, boating, snowmobiling, golf or hunting, whatever it is you like to do, you can do it in the Michigan outdoors!