The 71st Copper Country Strawberry Festival gets underway

Strawberry short cake being served at the Copper Country Strawberry Festival
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CHASSELL, Mich. (WLUC) - Today was the first day of the 71st annual Copper Country Strawberry Fest.

Centennial Park in Chassell was packed today with people from all over the Keweenaw partaking in the festivities and enjoying fresh strawberry short cake. The main events of the day were the annual fish boil dinner, the kid’s parade and the crowning of the Strawberry Queen.

The attendees we’re also treated to a concert from the Copper Country Community Band early in the day. The band is made up of volunteer members of the community whose ages range from 12 to 65.

The majority of the proceeds from the festival go back to the community.

"We pump most of the money back into the community, and to the young students that we have scholarships for. Every year we have two scholarships available and the strawberry queen gets a 500 dollar scholarship," said Pam Hiltunen, the former president of the Chassell Lions Club.

The festival picks back up again tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast.

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