Labor Day Tridge Walk, since 1992!

Midland TridgeJudge Henry Hart established an extraordinary reputation as a distinguished judge in our community for over 40 years. His legacy also includes starting a beloved local tradition akin the Mackinaw Bridge Walk—Midland’s own Tridge Walk! This year, the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) and Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) are teaming up to coordinate the annual community event. If you’re not headed north for the Mackinaw Bridge Walk, we invite you to join us shortly before 9 a. m. on Labor Day to become part of a fun and fulfilling tradition. Starting with doughnut holes, juice and coffee and ending with a certificate of completion, the walk is family friendly and a great way to catch up with friends as and neighbors.

The Midland Tridge Walk tradition dates to 1992, when Judge Henry Hart and a few of his fellow coffee-drinking friends crossed the Tridge’s 500-foot span over the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers. It’s true that you may burn a few calories in the process, but as noted by Don Findlay, who has participated along with his wife Marilyn in all previous 17 Tridge Walks, “it has less to do with walking and more to do with socializing. It’s the people and the friends.”

Many of the early walks were led by Judge Hart; later walks have often been led by Midland’s mayor. As tradition dictates, the event begins at the Farmers Market; dulcimer music by Alice Perry has become a tradition, as has Bill Crozier’s band leading the parade across the Tridge. Also, Bill Kuhlman’s family dulcimers have delighted participants under the Lions Club Pavilion for years, and this walk will be no exception.  The Chippewa Nature Center and Midland Area Community Foundation invite you to join us on Labor Day to participate in this long-standing community tradition with juice, coffee and doughnut holes for all.