Empire celebrates its ‘Anchor’
The Anchor Days annual parade in Empire was missing its fire truck, which usually leads the parade. That’s because it went out on a call just before the parade started, said Christine M. Neiswonger, Empire Township clerk. In all, there were about a dozen entries in this year’s parade, which took place on Saturday.
The crowd was a little smaller than usual, Neiswonger said, which is probably because of very hot weather.
“Even balloons were popping in the heat,” she said. “People were probably all at the beach where they should have been, cooling down.”
Paul Skinner, president of the Empire Area Chamber of Commerce, was busy selling raffle tickets for a Chevy Volt — a parade entry — that will be given away to a lucky winner. Tickets are $100 each with proceeds helping to fund completion of the 27-mile-long Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.
The Lions Club also sponsored a chicken dinner as it has for at least 10 years, said Dick Daniel, club secretary. The dinner attracted a good crowd, Daniel said, serving up a total of 304 meals. That count is a little lower than last year, when about 350 were served and the group ran out of chicken. Proceeds from the annual dinner go to support Lions Club programs.