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Crowds gather for Plaidurday photo, fun


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Ironwood - Ironwood celebrated Plaidurday on Friday, with a crowd gathering at the intersection of Lowell and Aurora streets in downtown Ironwood for the annual photo and celebration of all things plaid.

As rain threatened to spill over, some participants wandered into local businesses to take advantage of the First Friday hours that many local businesses offer.

The crowd this year totaled approximately 650 people, according to an announcement on Facebook by the city of Ironwood.

"Such an awesome turn out, especially with the bad weather," said the announcement. "True Yoopers are undeterred by the forces of nature. Even though the Kewenaw has the official world record, Ironwood is still the unofficial largest 'organic' Plaidurday celebration."

The current record for number of people in plaid for a single photo was broken this year, and is now held by the city of Houghton. Its gathering this past Friday totaled 1,745 people, who gathered on the football field of the Houghton High School for the record breaking photo.

The previous record was held by Kenora, a town in Ontario, Canada, with 1,359 participants.