Festivals! There’s something fun for everyone on the Range

Classic, vintage, antique and other car shows are popular attractions at community events. Photo by Cindy Kujala.

Classic, vintage, antique and other car shows are popular attractions at community events. Photo by Cindy Kujala.


The Sand Lake Shuffle is night team-walking outdoor fundraiser to remember loved ones and to support local cancer survivors. This annual event has been providing assistance to Iron Range cancer patients and their families for over 25 years. The event is held at Voyageur’s Sand Lake Resort, on the Britt By-Pass. The festivities take place regardless of the weather.

The fundraising dinner will be held on Friday, Aug. 3 from 4 – 7 p.m. Following will be a ceremony and display of memorial luminaries. The prayer and Survivors’ Lap around the luminary path kicks off the lap walking at 7 p.m.; other participants then join in the walk. As part of the fundraiser there will be a silent auction, raffle, games and prizes.

Need a ride to the event? New this year, the Arrowhead Transit Shuttle bus will pick up riders in Virginia at the Miner’s Memorial parking lot at 3:30 p.m., and transport back to Virginia at 10:30 p.m.

Teams, survivors, volunteers and guests are all welcome.

For more information, visit Sand Lake Shuffle on Facebook.

TALL TIMBER DAYS Grand Rapids, Aug. 3 – 5

Tall Timber Days was started over 35 years ago to celebrate the area’s rich logging history. The festival includes approximately 100 crafters, food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities. The parade on Sunday often has over 10,000 in attendance. An average of 25,000 people attend Tall Timber Days each year.

The Lumberjack Show is a popular event as are the live bands that perform. Other activities to be found are concession stands, art and craft vendors, bingo, beer gardens and children’s activities.

The pet parade is on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. All the animals and walkers are dressed up and awards are given out. The festival parade is Sunday at 1 p.m. with the North Star Shriners Cycle Patrol in action prior to the festival parade (12:30 p.m.).

Chainsaw carving demonstrations are at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Timberworks Lumberjack Shows are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday the Media Lumberjack Competition will be held at noon.

Street dances will be held on both Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, the featured band is Lost City. There is no admission for this performance. Gates will open at 7 p.m. Jackpine Savage opens the Saturday show at 7 p.m. followed by The Mallrats. Admission is $5 at the gate.

For a complete schedule, visit www.talltimberdays.com.

MERRITT DAYS Mt. Iron, Aug. 4 – 11

Aug. 5 – 10: City-Wide Treasure Hunt. Clues will be published in the local paper and posted at daily at City Hall and the Mt. Iron Library. The hidden “treasures” are metal pieces clearly marked. Treasure hunt closes at 4 p.m. Aug. 13. Bring the treasure to the City Hall for your prize.

Aug. 4: Annual adult kick ball tournament at South Grove Complex. Call 218-780- 7614 to register your team.

Aug. 5: Family Fun Day at West Two Rivers Campground from 1 – 5 p.m. Music, contests, tournaments, and more. Concessions will

be available.

Aug. 8: Family fun show in the downtown park starting at 6 p.m. Bring your own chair! In case of rain, the show will be held at the Mt. Iron Senior Center. Concessions will be available.

Aug. 9: Cash bingo at the Mt. Iron Senior Center from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Live music from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. at Mac’s Bar.

Aug. 10: Events downtown start at 5 p.m., including concessions and bingo. A bean bag tournament will be held at the American Legion at 6 p.m. Call the Legion to register. Live music starts at 9 p.m. at the Main Street Stage.

Aug. 11:

• 8 a.m.: Registration for the 11th Annual Larry Nanti Walk/Run at the Mt. Iron library – the race starts at 9 a.m. For more information on the walk/run call 218-290- 8879.

• 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Lions Club, held at the Mt. Iron Senior Center

• 9 a.m.: B.G.’s Greg Petersen Memorial Wooden Bat Softball Tournament at the South Grove Complex

• 12 – 3 p.m.: Open house at the Mt. Iron Public Library

• 12 – 4 p.m.: Classic Car Show on main street

• 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Kids Corner activities and fun at the downtown park

• 1 – 4 p.m.: Cash bingo at the Mt. Iron Senior Center

• 4 p.m.: Parade line-up and judging at the West end of main street

• 4:30 p.m.: Parade begins

• 1 p.m. – 12 a.m.: Live music on the Main Street Stage

Food concessions will be available both Friday and Saturday. No coolers allowed.

For more information call 218-290-8879.


There will be many events held during this annual festival. From Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, starting at 9 a.m. each day, there will be an open house at the Senior Citizen Center and American Legion with coffee and goodies available all day. The public is invited to attend and view a Chisholm photo display each of these days. Aug. 3:

• 6 – 9 p.m.: Doc “Moonlight” Graham car cruise on Lake Street

• 6 p.m.: Dart tournament registration, play at 7 p.m. Sidelines Sports Bar

• 9 p.m.: Karaoke at Sidelines Sports Bar Aug. 4:

• 8 a.m.: Registration for the Longyear Lake 5K Fun Run/Walk and Children’s Half Mile Race. Race begins at 9 a.m.

• 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.: Human foosball at Tom & Jerry’s

• 12 p.m.: Doc “Moonlight” Graham Days Parade on Lake Street sponsored by Hibbing Tac and Minnesota Power. Those attending the parade are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Chisholm Area Food Shelf. Volunteers will be collecting the items during the parade.

• 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Bouncin’ Around Downtown on Lake Street

• 1:30 p.m.: Ice cream social at Kiwanis Park sponsored by the Chisholm Kiwanis Club

• 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Doc “Moonlight” Graham Days car show

• 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Good Ole Fashion Pie Social at Faith Lutheran church. Pie, ice cream and coffee for $5. Proceeds to benefit the Chisholm Food Shelf and the United Way of NE MN Buddy Backpack Program

• 3 p.m.: Bald Eagle Water Ski Show at the north side of Longyear Lake

• 4 p.m.: Volleybeer tournament at Jim’s Sports Club Bar & Grill

• 6:30 p.m.: Chisholm Alumni Band Concert at the Chisholm High School Auditorium

• 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.: Live music by Velvet Jones at Jim’s Sports Club Bar & Grill

• 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Karaoke at Lake Street Bar & Grill

Aug. 5: Northern TRAXX ATV reunion ride. Meet at Jim’s Sports Club Bar & Grill at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited.

For more information on events visit www.chisholmchamber.com.

BEAR RIVER FAIR Bear River, Aug. 18 – 19

This August marks the 108th anniversary of the Bear River Fair. People often come from all over the country to use this weekend as a reunion of sorts – a time to catch up with friends and families. Activities that run all weekend include a farmers’ market, flea market, bazaar, games for kids and softball tournaments, beer garden, food booths, bingo, and a raffle.

There will be exhibits from area residents of the harvest from their gardens along with canning, baking, flowers, arts, crafts and many more examples of their talents. Each year, the Bear River Fair attracts community members and visitors alike to take a look at the creativity and crops that abound throughout the area.

For more information, visit www.bearrivermn.com.

EMBARRASS REGION FAIR Embarrass, Aug. 24 – 26

The Embarrass Region Fair gets underway at Timber Hall when gates open at 2 p.m. on Friday. Gate admission is $4 each day. Gates open Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7 a.m. A dunk tank to raise funds for ALS will be on the fairgrounds all weekend.

Friday events include team penning, crafts, concessions and beer garden, family entertainment and Wizard’s Kingdom Inflatables.

Saturday events include the annual Flying Finn 10k Run/5k Walk , an all-day softball tournament, exhibits, crafters, team penning, games for all ages, the Tony Morsching Memorial Mud Run, dog show, music and a talent show, bingo and a bean bag tournament. There will be a Saturday Night Country Live performance from 4 – 10 p.m.

Additional events on Sunday are a horse show, antique car and truck show, karaoke contest, demolition derby, and a community quilt raffle. The three-day event wraps up with the parade at 4 p.m.

BOVEY FARMERS’ DAY Bovey, Aug. 31 – Sept. 3

Bovey Farmers’ Day is one of the longest running annual festivals in Minnesota, beginning in 1912. Some of the activities this year include: A senior citizen dance, a speakeasy, 5K fun run, flea market, concession stands, beer garden, live music, street dance, fireworks, and games.

There will also be the annual vegetable and flower contest, Scarecrow Contest, a parade, and much more.

For more information call 218-910-0492.


Labor Day Weekend kicks off on Friday for a weekend of great shopping deals! Pick up a map at Anderson Canoe Outfitters and complete the Trading Post Run enjoying end-of-season discounts and sidewalk sales at area businesses. In the evening, dine at Voyagaire Lodge enjoying an all-you-can eat fish fry from 5 – 9 p.m.

Saturday events include a pancake breakfast at the Crane Lake Chapel from 8 – 11 a.m., an afternoon guided hike from 1 – 4 p.m. beginning at Handbergs Marina, Mystery Voyageur Arrowheads in the sand from 4 – 6 p.m. at Pine Point Lodge, ending with an evening dance with the Circuit Breakers Band at Voyagaire Lodge starting at 9 p.m.

Sunday morning is a weekend highlight with the 5th Annual Crane Lake 5K Walk/ Run. Registration for the race is between 8 – 8:30 a.m. and the race starts promptly at 9 a.m. In 2017, approximately 80 people participated in this fun run and many of them enjoyed the popular Bloody Mary bar available afterwards. Call Brenda at 218-993-2295 for more information.

There will be a Sunday morning service a the Crane Lake Chapel at 11:30 a.m.

Sunday afternoon the Trading Post Run wraps up with an ice cream social from 1 – 3 p.m. at Handbergs Marina. Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. Bring your completed Trading Post Run map to win cash prizes.

For more information, visit www.visitcranelake.com.

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