2010-05-15 / Top News

Island’s First Lilac Queen Opens Fort This Year

Sue Chambers, Mackinac Island's first lilac queen, holds her ear and ducks as she pulls the cord firing the cannon at Fort Mackinac Tuesday, May 4. The first cannon boom signals the seasonal opening of the 230-year-old fort. Enjoying the firing and ready for the season to begin are (from left) lead historical interpreter Craig Wilson of Holton, who has been with the fort for six seasons, and Jake Sim of Ironwood, who begins his second season as an interpreter. See story, page 8

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