2018-07-19 / Outdoors

Anchor’s up in Empire

The community of Empire is ready to celebrate the anniversary of an event that helped preserve the town’s maritime heritage for years to come.

Saturday is Anchor Day, a celebration of the 41st anniversary of the raising of an enormous anchor from the floor of Lake Michigan.

The relic, found in 1977 by a couple canoing in about 18 feet of water, was removed by a team of seven residents and now is prominently displayed at Empire Beach.

Village fathers had been given permission to raise the anchor for use as a maritime display.

The celebration will kick off early Saturday with the Anchor Day Fun Run at 9 a.m. which begins from the pavilion at Empire Beach. Registration is at 8:45 a.m.

The annual Anchor Day parade, whose slogan is the “parade so nice, it goes around twice,” is set for 2 p.m. on Front Street.

Similar to the Glen Arbor Fourth parade, just about anything goes. Residents and visitors are asked to bring a float, bicycle, walking shoes or whatever you want — including silly outfits — and line up at Johnson Park on Reynolds Street beginning at 1:30 p.m.

From there you’ll be able to smell the Empire Lions Club’s BBQ chicken dinner, served from 1 to 7 p.m. at the town hall.

The menu includes grilled chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, potatoes and strawberry shortcake.

Tickets are $13 for adults; children under 10 eat for $6.

The celebration will conclude with a street dance featuring music by “Sweet Charlie” on Front Street from 7-11 p.m.

Anchor Day activities are sponsored by the Empire Area Community Center.

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