MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Hockeyville USA festivities continued Sunday with hundreds spending their afternoon at Northern Michigan University’s Superior Dome for a Fun Fair.
“It’s a better turnout than we expected,” said Doug Garrow, the Chairman for the Kraft Hockeyville USA local organizing committee. “I think it just shows that even with a nice day outside people are in here. It just shows the passion that we have for hockey and what the arena means to the community.”
There were bounce houses, booths from Sled Hockey to USA Hockey, face painting, and a place to pick up your tickets for the game on Tuesday. However, there was one event that especially drew crowds. Lord Stanley made a visit to Marquette on Sunday, and being able to see the Stanley Cup was for many the best and most memorable part of the day.
“My favorite part was seeing the Stanley Cup and getting all the free stuff,” said 13-year old hockey fan Ian Adams.
“For most people, this is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Garrow. “You know, the young kids here getting their picture taken here might never have a chance to see the Stanley Cup again. It’s going to be something that we will remember for the rest of our lives.”
If you missed the fun this weekend, the Hockeyville celebration continues Monday night with a parade.
“Anybody is welcome to walk, it’s going to be mostly hockey related. Northern Michigan University is going to be in it, and the local high schools, and all junior hockey kids,” said Garrow. “It’s going to go up 3rd street and start at the Berry Events Center and end at the Marquette Commons.”
The parade will start at 6 P.M. Monday, followed by a cookout at the Marquette Commons. The big game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres will be on Tuesday night at Lakeview arena.