Let’s hear it for Niagara

Let’s hear it for the Niagara Centennial Committee.

The committee and the city’s volunteers put on a great show. They offered the area a great weekend event at reasonable prices.

Even the weather cooperated.

The five-day Niagara Centennial Celebration started on June 25, and ran through Sunday.

It featured national, regional, and local recording and music artists on a main stage, a second music stage, a giant carnival midway with rides and games, a huge centennial parade, fireworks, food and beverages, a children’s area, a time capsule, centennial souvenirs, arts and crafts area, an all-classes’ high school reunion, and more.

Early sales buttons sold for just $10 each. Even the later button prices were only $15.

Music acts included 38 Special, The Kentucky Headhunters, Hotel California A Salute to the Eagles; The Ultimate Legends featuring the music of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, and The Blues Brothers; The Britins doing the music of “The Beatles;” Substitute and the music of “The Who;” and Separate Ways capped festival with the music of “Journey.”

The Johnny Wad Band performing covers of classic hits’ music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s wowed the crowd on Friday night. 38 Special packed the house on Saturday.

During the day on Saturday, members of the fabulous and famous University of Wisconsin Marching Band who are not on summer vacation performed at the Niagara Centennial parade.

They first marched in the Centennial Parade at 10 a.m., then after the parade and a short break, assembled again in Niagara’s Heights Park to play a rendition of the band’s traditional favorite Fifth Quarter.

This was the first appearance in Niagara by the UW Band, one of the most popular college bands in the country.

The UW Band Members’ Fifth Quarter performance after Badger football games at Camp Randall Stadium is one of its most recognizable traditions.

Thousands of spectators remain in the stands for 15 minutes after the game for the Fifth Quarter performance of songs such as “On Wisconsin,” “The Chicken Dance,” “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Tequila,” “Varsity,” and “When You Say WIS-CON-SIN, You’ve Said It All!”

The Niagara Centennial celebration was a fitting tribute to Niagara.

In the language of the Iroquis, the name Niagara means, “Thundering waters or rapids.”

Niagara is one of the most picturesque parts of Marinette County.

This past weekend, it was one of the best places to be to enjoy a great summer’s weekend.

Congratulations, Niagara.