Finnish flags are lining the streets all throughout the Copper Country as the area prepares for FinnFest. Painted windows and mannequins dressed in Finnish blue and white can be seen on every corner. And businesses are getting into the spirit, too, putting on the final touches before the crowds come.
â??Trying to do as much blue and white as I can and put the Finnish flag in there,â?? said Paige Wiard, owner of the Paige Wiard Gallery.
Some places are preparing to host shows for Finnish bands.
â??Other than stocking up and making sure that weâ??re prepared for this many people coming into Calumet and enjoy the food at Carmelitaâ??s, a band from Minnesota, a seven-piece brass band, called us and said theyâ??d like to play here out on our outdoor patio,â?? said Jerry Mitchell, owner of Carmelita's.
Aside from the wide variety of events and things to do, listed on the FinnFest schedule, some places are offering their own special features.
The Paige Wiard Gallery is displaying pieces from local Finnish artists throughout the month.
â??I enjoy talking to people that have never been here before and telling them about all the wonderful things in the area,â?? Wiard said.
With just two days left until the big day, many places are just hoping to show visitors what makes the Copper Country so special.
â??Thereâ??s lots of Finnish descendent people up here, and weâ??re hoping a lot of people come in and enjoy Carmelita's food,â?? Mitchell said.