Morenci's Labor Day bridge walk set 9.02.09

Written by David Green.

The year’s Labor Day Bridge Walk hasn’t completely gone to the dogs. There’s something for humans, too.

The annual event has a “Dog Days of Summer” theme this year in which dog owners are invited to bring their pets along for the big walk across the bridge.

Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce members are feeling generous, too. A drawing is planned to give away $50 worth of Morenci Money, maybe even two $50 prizes. Everyone who shows up at the bridge can take a ticket for a chance to win.

The event begins at 11 a.m. Monday, but show up early to buy this year’s bridge walk t-shirt or to check out the plants offered for sale by Morenci Garden Club. T-shirts are also available at Johnson’s Hardware, Stair Public Library and United Bank and Trust.

Look for a collection of guest speakers again this year, including former state senator Jim Berryman who claims to have never missed any of the previous 14 walks. Anyone who wants to address the crowd has up to 60 seconds to get their point across. It’s a short bridge and a short walk, so the speeches stay short as well.

For anyone not familiar with the event, Morenci’s walk crosses a century-old truss bridge that was taken apart in Hillsdale County, refurbished and reassembled over Silver Creek on the south side of Morenci. Walkers also have the opportunity to cross the historic Van Wagoner bridge on East Street South—the standard bridge walk location before the old pedestrian bridge was installed.

Morenci bridge walk crosses what’s billed as Michigan’s southern-most bridge. The event is a spoof of what occurs at the same time at the top of the Lower Peninsula where more than 50,000  walkers cross the five-mile long Mackinac Bridge.

Morenci’s bridge measures just 83 feet, so set aside a few minutes Monday morning for a short stroll.

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