MARQUETTE, MI -- Finn Grand Fest 2005 (FGF05) in Marquette, Michigan is just 40 days away and registrations have surpassed the 4,000 mark. Finn Grand Fest 2005 is a joint U.S. and Canadian Finnish festival with hundreds of opportunities to get immersed into the Finnish culture through lectures, programs, film, books, plays, sporting events, religious gatherings, arts and crafts, food, vendors, and music.
“Finn Grand Fest 2005 is a registration-based festival, meaning that there is a registration process and fees involved in gaining access to the myriad amount of programming, entertainment, and sporting events associated with the festival,” stated Carol Fulsher, Vice President of Finn Grand Fest 2005.
For as little as $17 per day, FGF05 participants can gain access to dozens of lectures on Finnish culture, see films, gain unlimited access to the tori (marketplace) inside the Superior Dome, listen to the topnotch lineup of Finnish musical performers, get active in some of the sporting events, visit the genealogy room, and receive the best rates and seating at the major ticketed events, including the Gala Festival Concert and the Finn Hall Variety Show.
Festival organizers have also scheduled several events that are open to the general public. A Jorma Kaukonen concert will kick off the week on Tuesday, Aug, 9, 7:30 pm at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette. Kaukonen, a Rock and Roll Hal of Famer, is best known for being a founding member of the popular music groups Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. The Gala Festival Concert on Thursday, Aug. 11 and the Finn Hall Variety Show on Friday, Aug. 12, both scheduled for Lakeview Arena will have bleacher-seating tickets available. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce offices in Marquette and Ishpeming, Scandinavian Gifts in Marquette, and at the door the night of the events.
“Presque Isle will also host several performers of Finn Grand Fest that anyone can come out and listen to,” stated Randy Seppala, Entertainment Committee Chair. “We wanted the local population and visitors to Marquette who don’t register for FGF05 to also experience a bit of the Finnish festival. We will host concerts at Presque Isle Park’s bandshell on Aug. 11, 12 and 13, highlighting a few of our performers. The full line-up can be found on our web site.”
The tori at the Superior Dome on the Northern Michigan University campus will also be open to the general public on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for a $5 four-day pass or $2 per day pass.
“We really want to stress that registration is needed to get into many of the FGF05 events,” said Fulsher. “We’d hate for people to drive into town and find that they can’t attend an event they wanted to because they hadn’t pre-registered. Of course, same day registration will be available, but pre-registration makes the trip a lot less hectic.”
There are several registration options. On-line registration is available at www.finngrandfest2005.com and registration forms can be printed off the web site and mailed in. These options are available until July 17 when mail in and web site registration will close. Printed registrations are also available at Range Telecommunications and the Chamber of Commerce in Marquette, and on-site registration is available starting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 10am at NMU’s University Center.
A full schedule of events is available at www.finngrandfest2005.com. For more information, please call 1-906-222-FINN or 1-800-906-FINN.