CEDAR RIVER - The Cedar River Bridge Walk didn't go off like a hitch. About 20 minutes prior to the opening of the event, it started to rain. Then it poured.
Event planners were watching the weather app on their smart phones and determined that the rains would soon pass. The bridge walk was delayed until the rain stopped and permitted the horse-drawn carriage to be put in place.
State representative, Ed McBroom opened the ceremony singing the Star Spangled Banner, like a ray of sunlight through the clouds.
Members of the Cedar River Queen’s Court for 2013 are: clockwise from seated: Cedar River Queen, Mary Atkocunis; Menominee County Fair Queen, Chelsea Freele; Menominee County Fair Princess, Katherine Marks; and Cedar River Princess Maddy Prestin.
Mary Atkocunis, sole Atkocunis family resident of Cedar River, was crowned Cedar River Queen. Mary was selected queen for her contributions benefitting the Cedar River Community and as distinctive representative of the Atkocunis family's past involvement in Cedarville Township.
Accompanying Cedar River's Queen Mary, riding in horse-drawn carriage, were Menominee County Fair Queen, Chelsea Freele, Menominee County Princess, Katherine Marks, and Cedar River Princesses Maddy Prestin and Sommer Fernstrum-Marks.
The Queen's Court led a crowd just shy of 300 across the Cedar River Bridge to festivities at the Cedarville Township Hall and Volunteer Fire Department.
"To have that many people show up in bad weather; I was very impressed - a very resilient and hardy crowd," commented one organizer, "I think if it was nice and we got the fair-weather crowd we would have more than doubled the attendance."
On the other side of the bridge, Mychal Reed on guitar welcomed bridge walkers for a short time while DJ, Fast Eddy, filled the rest of the afternoon with music. Good food, drink, kid's activities, a bucket raffle, a live auction by Superior Auction's Nellie Beland, a ticket raffle, and twice as many vendors as the previous year rounded out the day.
Organizers were pleased with the end results. After everything was said and done, the fund raiser generated much more than originally anticipated, and all with a very bad weather start.
The Cedar River Bridge Walk Committee expresses deep gratitude to all that participated in making the Cedar River Bridge Walk a huge success.
T-shirts for the 2013 Cedar River Bridge Walk are still available to purchase at the Lighthouse Pub and Grill, and on Cedar River Bridge Walk Facebook page.