Top Three Vibrant Communities | August 8 – 12
August 12, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
Summertime in rural Minnesota is filled with family, friends, food and festivals. For kids, hot August afternoons are held on to tighter than ski ropes—for these are the waning moments before the school year. For hunters, the cool mornings point to waterfowl, upland birds and the ever-elusive whitetail. Teachers are sneaking back into their classrooms to begin the game plan they’ve been pondering all summer. Autumn athletes have trained and are now beginning their live-performance rehearsal.
But the festivals come first—and plentiful they are in rural Minnesota. Here are a few of the many vibrant communities hosting great-get-togethers this week.
1.) Grand Marais: Not only has the turnout at the 87th annual Fisherman’s Picnic been fantastic this year—the weather has been phenomenal. With a shrimp feed, some World’s Best Donuts and characters like this, the Fisherman’s Picnic is a true gem of the north land.
2.) Starbuck: For nearly ten years, the Dragon Boat festival has been all the rage around the small town of Starbuck. Twenty people pile into long and narrow wooden boats to race to the beat of a drum. They even have an opening ceremony to introduce this year’s beat!
3.) Benton-Fremont: This festival has got just about everything: celebrating history, spending time with family, learning a new skill, and finding treasures. Featured will be the Johnston Family, who will present Native American song and dance. Plus, for the first time since grad party season, community members at Benton-Fremont Days will feast on pulled pork sandwiches “priced to please”.
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