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Lupine Junefest kicks off Mercer summer fun


June 16, 2020

Charity Smith/Daily Globe

Brothers Dan and Jerry Jones from Menominee, Mich., formerly of Ironwood, Lori Booth of Ironwood, Bob Jacquart of Ironwood, and Bill Wagener of Mercer were one of the few larger groups participating in Saturday's Lupine Junefest bike ride. Many of the participants were spread out this year, choosing to ride in groups of two or solo. Booth said that they have been participating in the event for eight years, and it "kicks off their biking season." "We will definitely come back next year. It's so pretty out there and it was a beautiful day to be out," she said.


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MERCER, Wis. - The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its summer fun schedule on Saturday with the 14th annual Lupine Junefest, a bike ride through the rural area where lupine wildflowers grow on the side of the roadways.

"It's just about being able to promote our area, and get people out and utilizing our trails," said Chamber Director Melissa Biszak.

This year, the event consisted of three routes of 10, 15 and 28 miles.

Biszak said that they usually offer a 50-mile route, but due to a shortage of volunteers and safety concerns, they di...

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