'Dirty Jobs' to visit Michigan
It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. And that someone just happens to have a camera crew in tow.
Mike Rowe, the star of The Discovery Channel’s "Dirty Jobs," will be visiting three Upper Peninsula worksites next week — including a swing through Sault Ste. Marie to experience maintenance in the Soo Locks with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Linda Hoath, executive director of the Sault Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, confirmed the crew’s itinerary would include a stop in Sault Ste. Marie with the latest word from the west coast indicating the visitors should arrive here sometime Monday.
Hoath said the idea was pitched during Rowe’s last visit to the area when he scaled the Mackinac Bridge and performed other duties associated with the state’s most notable landmark for a show that aired in August of 2007.
“It is an amazing show,” Hoath said. “He went from the Mackinac Bridge to NASA to clean the gunk from a machine that hauls the space shuttle — it just amazes you how people make a living.”
Hoath said Rowe’s 2009 Upper Peninsula visit is tentatively scheduled for stops in Mackinac Island and over by Escanaba, but she naturally centered most of her enthusiasm around the Sault Ste. Marie visit.
“It will provide recognition for Sault Ste. Marie and the Soo Locks,” she said.
Hoath said the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will send a gift to Rowe’s motel room during his stay in Sault Ste. Marie: “to welcome him to this historic city.”
The "Working Man’s Basket" will contain gloves, heavy winter socks, a bottle of wine and a big sweat shirt bearing the Sault Ste. Marie name and logo.
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News