Lions Club pays tribute to city’s heritage with McGregorFest
By Audrey Posten
On Saturday, Aug. 31, the McGregor Clan Lions Club invites community members to McGregor for the first club-organized McGregorFest.
The event will feature a number of activities, beginning with the 5K Fun Run/Walk in the morning. The Labor Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. and include a kilted Scottish bagpiper. The bagpiper will also put on a concert in the park following the parade.
The Hole in the Sock Gang, the 1880s street theater group, will perform in the afternoon.
Throughout the day, visitors will also find a number of bargains at some of the city’s shops, as well as lodging and boat rental deals. Many bars and restaurants will offer food and drink specials.
Both Marquette and McGregor residents will have items for sale in the citywide garage sale.
With that full slate of activities, it is hard to imagine that more was planned.
“We actually had bigger plans,” said Lions Club member Rogeta Halvorson, “but we needed more volunteers.”
While this year’s event is taking place Labor Day weekend, Halvorson said that might not be the case next year.
“We’re going to see how it goes this year,” she said. “Then we’ll talk to the merchants and get their feedback on which date will work best.”
In the future, the group also plans to make the event more Scottish-themed, paying tribute to the heritage of McGregor founder Alexander MacGregor.
“We just really want to celebrate Alexander MacGregor and his family,” Halvorson said. “Nobody has really taken that heritage and run with it.”
Those plans may include Scottish Highland games, featuring traditional events like the stone toss, an endurance run and wood chopping. The group will also look into installing traditional food and clothing vendors.
McGregorFest could even be promoted internationally, as Halvorson said the group has considered contacting chambers of commerce in larger Scottish communities, telling them about the event and inviting people to visit McGregor.
No matter how quickly those plans develop, the McGregor Clan Lions Club’s will always look the part—their uniform is a plaid kilt, and all members will eventually have them. Halvorson said she hopes others will also get into the kilt-wearing spirit.
“It’s so cool to see the different family kilts,” Halvorson said. “Hopefully the townspeople will get involved and either make their own kilt or buy one.”