In 1962, a chunk of Sputnik fell onto a street in Manitowoc. It was dismissed by local police at first as being some slag from a local foundry. They later connected it with the burn-up of Sputnik IV. The next year, a metal ring was embedded in the road to mark it's landing.
A few years ago, some locals thought it would be funny to commemorate Manitowoc's link with the space age with a festival...so, this year was the 3rd annual SputnikFest. And yes, it is supposed to be cheesey and funny. Activities included space pet costume contest, cake decorating contest and even a Miss Space Debris Pagent. Hey, I told you it was cheesey.
Still, we had a fun time attending SputnikFest earlier this month, and thought I'd share a few pics.
There's where it landed...the white paint is the lane marker, so the festival, which closed down the street, is one of your few options to get an up close and personal picture of history!