Firefighter tournament schedule announced

QUINNESEC – Plans are being finalized for the 120th Annual Upper Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Association Tournament in Quinnesec.

Members of the Breitung Township Board of Trustees heard an update on the event from Breitung Township Fire Chief Jeff Iverson during their Monday meeting.

Iverson informed them that plans are “moving along nicely” in anticipation of the three-day tournament that will run from Thursday, July 24 through Saturday, July 26.

Festivities will kick off Thursday at 7 p.m. with the dress parade on Lincoln Avenue. Drum and bugle corps the Ishpeming Blue Notes and Marty’s Goldenaires will perform.

From 8 p.m. to midnight, there will be a street dance on Menominee Street. Glass Joe will provide live music.

At 10 p.m., the shirt tail parade will step off on Lincoln Avenue. The Ishpeming Blue Notes, Marty’s Goldenaires, and the Marquette Fife and Drum Corp will perform.

Friday events begin with a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Quinnesec fire hall.

Firefighter races will start at 9 a.m. on Menominee Street.

Throughout the day, visitors can have their photos taken with Breitung Township’s antique fire truck. The Quinnesec rummage sale will also be ongoing.

From 7 p.m. to midnight, the firefighters’ ball will take place on Menominee Street. Live music will be provided by Next Myle.

An awards ceremony and drawing are slated for 10 p.m.

On Saturday, the commercial parade will step off on Lincoln Avenue at 10 a.m.

The overall awards ceremony will be held at the Quinnesec fire hall at noon.

Iverson said that local food vendors, pop vendors, and a beer tent operated by the American Legion will be available all day Thursday and Friday. A shuttle will run from the tournament grounds to hotels in Iron Mountain and Norway.

Street closures will include Menominee Street from Division Street to Cliff Street, Bluff Street from Menominee Street to Lincoln Avenue, and Lincoln Avenue from Forest View Drive to Quinnesec Avenue.

Fifty-three volunteer fire departments from across the Upper Peninsula are expected to attend.

In other business, the board:

– Set a special meeting for Monday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss board members’ visions for the future of the township.

– Authorized Township Superintendent Joe Rogina to seek proposals for computer services and technical support. Rogina informed the board that the township does not currently have any formal contract for these types of services.

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