East End gathers to play, eat, rummageFor seven years, East End Family Day has brought with it sunny weather. Saturday was no exception.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
For seven years, East End Family Day has brought with it sunny weather. Saturday was no exception. As nearly 6,000 people wound their way through five miles of rummage sales and stopped for treats in the heart of Superior’s East End, they enjoyed weather more in tune with summer than fall.
“I think it’s fun,” said Matt Bixler of East End. This year, the entertainment included garage band jam sessions, a choir and gymnasts. Two AAD Shriner cars were on display for children to climb in and a car show filled the Super One parking lot.
“This is my second time here,” said Katie Colgrove of Ashland. “I like how they put everything together, block the streets off.”
She said the event reminded her of Ashland’s May Days.
“Everyone seems to enjoy it,” agreed Barbara Cordts of Lake Nebagamon, who helps coordinate the annual event.
Tony Burkhart of Burkhart Construction brought his motorized picnic table and offered rides to the public throughout the morning. He built the table to take to the Brainerd Drag Races, and it has become a familiar sight in Superior.
“I take it anywhere I can take it,” he said of the unique vehicle, which has been featured numerous times on ESPN.
With gas and an iPod battery running low, Burkhart was finishing up rides for the day, but he was enjoying the event.
“I love it down here,” he said. “You can’t beat it.”
“It’s fun,” said Christy Willmore, who lives on the western edge of East End with her husband Jim and children Hunter, 10, and 7-year-old Abby. “The kids are having a great time.”
This was the family’s first trip to East End Family Day. They did a little rummaging, then headed for the heart of East End, which was blocked off to traffic. Vendors offered snow cones and beef sandwiches while Holmes East End Bakery and Coffee Shope served up baked goods made from scratch, including chocolate chip cookies, donuts and black forest muffins.
“We’re going to hit the cheese curds soon,” Willmore said.
Some people make East End Family Day a destination.
“I have a group that comes in from Canada every year,” said Mary Ellen Holmes with the bakery. The 10 of them have breakfast at the bakery before perusing rummage sales.
The event celebrates the end of summer, offers families a low-cost day of entertainment and reminds others that East End has a business district.
“As small businesses we’re trying to promote this area,” Holmes said. “We have a whole variety of businesses that people don’t know of.”
Although the freeway takes cars past the area, she said, “We’re still here.”
“It’s important for people to know we exist and this is a fun way to do it,” said Kathy Edquist, who owns Kae Accounting in East End.