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      Hundreds celebrate as Pioneer Days comes to a close

      Hundreds of people lined Iron Street in downtown Negaunee for the city's annual parade Saturday. The parade is a part of the 34th Annual Festival known as Pioneer Days.

      Floats were decorated with this year's theme honoring the Negaunee Invitational Basketball Tournament Committee.

      Some came as far as St. Ignace to watch the parade.

      "My wife and I both work for the Michigan Department of Corrections. I work at KCF and she works at Chippewa, and she's a member of the MDOC honor guard. They're up here marching in the parade today. I think the full team is here so we came up to watch," said Bruce Bigger, St. Ignace resident.

      The parade also gave kids a chance to fill up their plastic bags with candy.

      After the parade, many headed over to Teal Lake for the Negaunee Pioneer Days Firefighters Tournament. Some of the events included a ladder race where each team had to run and then pick up a ladder from the ground while one person raced to the top. Another event was the hose race where a dismantled fire hose had to be put back together.

      This year's event is also being held during Negaunee High School's class of 1963 reunion. It gave the class a chance to catch up on old times.

      "It's great! A lot of these people I haven't seen for 50 years, and I haven't been back to Negaunee for 30 years. It's good to be home to see some of the old sites, although things have changed since I left here," said Bill Kauppila.

      This year, nine teams from across Marquette County participated in the firemens' tournament.