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      Bridgefest and Bridgefest Feast are kicked off in the Keweenaw

      The Houghton Waterfront was speckled with vendors setting up booths Friday afternoon in preparation for one of the key festivals in the Houghton-Hancock area.

      Bridgefest is the celebration of the crucial connection the Portage Lift Bridge provides these two communities. So every year, the two cities join together for a party!

      Linda Romps, owner of Temporary Fillings, says sheâ??s been coming to Bridgefest all the way from Escanaba for about seven years.

      â??This is where I grew up. This is home to me, so I come up here for several events,â?? she said. â??My mom helps me with this, and sheâ??s from here. So, we work together.â??

      A quick stop at her booth will satisfy your sweet tooth.

      â??We have caramel corn, confetti corn, popcorn, nachos, sno-cones, cotton candy, and we have some drinks available, too,â?? said Romps.

      Some booths even have games for the kids the play. Jeannette Grawienâ??s ball toss game gives the kids a chance to win a goldfish.

      â??The kids enjoy it here. They love winning their goldfish,â?? she said. â??We like to be a part of the seafood fest. Good food, good music.â??

      This year, the Houghton Rotaryâ??s Seafood Fest is officially joined with the festivities as Bridgefest Feast.

      Out on the lawn in Kestner Park there will be live music all evening long from local pop rock and country bands, as well as all the food you could imagine from favorite restaurants like The Library, Fitzgeraldâ??s, and HabaÃeros.

      The party wraps up Saturday evening with a spectacular fireworks display.

      Itâ??s an event the whole community comes out to enjoy and one not to miss.

      â??Itâ??s a beautiful area here,â?? said Romps. â??The park is beautiful, itâ??s good to get the whole community to come down and to have something to do and enjoy the beautiful outdoors here and the beautiful facilities they have here, and the people are wonderful here.â??

      For a full schedule of events, check out the Bridgefest website here and the Bridgefest Feast website here.