Why is Manitowoc Commemorating Sputnikfest

Paul Keggington

September 12, 2009

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“It’s wacky, it’s tacky, it’s wild and it’s coming”[it’s here]…words chosen to describe a img_6446.jpgManitowoc, WISputnikfest,  September 11-12, 2009 that observed this Lake Michigan port’s important historical connection to Sputnik 4, but more importantly it’s about a time and space of fascinating fun and celebrating that which seems obvious. 

img_6422.jpgFranciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were present for some of the moments of this creative commemoration of a glowing chunk of debris discovered in the middle of North 8th Street that was analyzed and officially determined to be a piece of the Sputnik satellite (not a hometown foundry leftover) back in 1962. Today a gold ring marks the landing spot.

Spuntnikfest fun included these  and more space age focused activities:

  • Sci-fi film festival and 10k space walk/run
  • Artta This World artists and indie designers
  • Pictures and first hand accounts of the Sputnik landing in Manitowoc
  • Cakes, costume and building a Sputnk contests
  • Humorous reinactment of the actual event

An event guaranteed to build community of Manitowoc pride, colorful space visitors were walking with the breezes on buses, on street corners, riding strollers and in the arms of young admirers.

Can you think of a time when you had so much fun?

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