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Bessemer celebrates amid storms


July 5, 2019

PJ Glisson/Daily Globe

MEMBERS OF the beloved Marty's Goldenaires band wow the crowd with their rendition of "Wipeout" during Thursday night's July 4 parade on Bessemer's Sophie Street.


Bessemer - An extended thunderstorm late Thursday afternoon did nothing to dampen the spirits of persons viewing or participating in that evening's 4th of July parade on the main street of Bessemer.

Some sprinkles fell off and on during the event, but few people noticed and nobody cared.

At least a couple viewers wore garbage bags rather stylishly in a spontaneous effort to stay dry. Most folks, however, were decked out in patriotic versions of hats sunglasses, sequin bags and all manner of creative attire, including a husband-wife team in coordinating flag suits. Flags, in general, were everywhere.

Alyssa Schwab kicked off the night by singing the national anthem while everyone on the street held their hands over their hearts.

Several commemorations were celebrated as part of the procession. Bessemer's American Legion Auxiliary Unit 27 had a float announcing its 100-year local history.

Fifty/fifty ticket sellers were celebrating their 50th year and showcased on their float this year's winning number of 6899, as well as the $36,996 amount that the ticket-holder will win.

ADJ's Class of 1969 had a banner with a peace sign.

Notable floats included some from organized sources such as the Bessemer Little League or the Gogebic Range Trail Authority or from individuals such as the Jason Gustafson Family, which offered a rendition of Mount Rushmore with the title "

Adding to the merriment were stilt walkers, a juggler and a bubble maker from Fun Time Functions Entertainment.

The Lake Superior Tired Iron Club drove a row of tractors down the street, .

Strung throughout the parade were several bands, including students from A.D. Johnston Junior and Senior High School and from Luther L. Wright K-12 School. The Gogebic Range Band and the Janesville Bugle and Fife Corp also played.

Bessemer's own favorites, Marty's Goldenaires, finished the parade with flair and had some people, such as cousins Marietta Appaer and Randy Ahnen, dancing in the streets.

Todd Haeger of TDG Entertainment in Montreal was the emcee for the event.


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