Bridge Fest Draws Community to Lake Superior

Posted at: 07/06/2013 5:13 PM
Updated at: 07/06/2013 6:12 PM
By: Travis Dill

The rain was pesky, but fitting for this year's Bridge Festival on Saturday. Organizers said the party was a way to unite the community in celebration of Lake Superior.

Festival Director Shane Bauer said the event is doing double duty by pulling the community together.

“So it's hard to brand. That sounds complicated, but it's totally connecting people and celebrating community,” Bauer said.

Families at the festival said it was more than just a Duluth event. The gathering on Lake Superior resonated with everyone in the Northland.

“And it's also drawn a lot of our friends from other areas. They want to come and be by the water with us,” Meghan Jager said.

Others said the atmosphere was very inviting for families.

“Now that I have a family and a couple kids of my own here this is a great opportunity to get together with friends and people in the community and come down here and share in the beauty of the Bayfront area and the lake,” Ryan Jazdzewski said.

Organizer Erin DeWitt said events like the community yoga session help people feel united.

“Well we're hoping, first and foremost, to come together to be in that space. To celebrate with one another creates a feeling of unity, and when we embody that feeling of unity things change in our lives,” DeWitt said.

If that experience wasn't enough, festival goers could find groups to volunteer with.

“The city of Duluth's Parks and Rec. also has a booth here and they have many volunteer opportunities for people to be in service to the parks, to the earth, to the water,” DeWitt said.

Bridge Fest will find another theme to unite Northlanders next year, but the goal will remain the same.

“Next year could be a totally different event, but it will always be a community celebration for the whole family,” Bauer said.

Everyone stuck around for the music. Minnesota acts Mason Jennings and Cloud Cult hit the stage Saturday evening.