NEGAUNEE, MI-- The Upper Peninsula Luge Club is helping residents beat the winter blues with its upcoming Heikki Lunta Festival in Negaunee.
Event coordinator Mike Ilmonen says Heikki Lunta—Finnish for “Hank Snow”—is an urban legend created a few years ago when an Upper Peninsula event needed some white stuff to fall. He says the second annual event will feature a parade on Iron Street Friday, January 19. On Saturday events will include a human foosball game, ice turkey bowling, and a toilet-on-skis “Crapper Dash.” A bonfire and fireworks will also be held Saturday night.
Ilmonen says events like this revitalize people in the dark, cold winter months.
“Many, many people would like to do something in the wintertime, but some things like downhill skiing or snowshoeing might not be something that they can do. So this gives people a chance to get out and stroll around the grounds, if you will,” he says.
For more information about the festival call Ilmonen at 906-360-0825 or go to the Upper Peninsula Luge Club website at upluge.org.