Bean Hole Days to feature community picnic

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Celebrate Bean Hole Days on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 11-12, at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes.

The event will kick off with the first paddle hunt clue being released at 9 a.m. Monday, July 10.

New this year is a community picnic Tuesday evening, July 11, to celebrate the cast iron kettles of beans being buried to cook overnight. The kettles - Thor, Big Bertha, Ole, Sven, Lena and Baby Olga - will be raised one by one and beans will be served for free at noon Wednesday, July 12, with a dinner roll and beverage.

The celebration culminates with the raising of the beans, a King and Queen Bean coronation, arts and crafts fair, food market, children's games and lunch.

New Bean Hole Days T-shirts and mugs are for sale at the Pequot Lakes Chamber office. Bean Hole Days has been a Pequot Lakes tradition since 1938.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, July 11

5-7 p.m.: Community picnic. Food vendors will be at Trailside Park and yard games will be available. Community and church organizations will have booths. Those interested in having a booth can contact Sue Galligan at 218-568-8911 or sue@pequotlakes.com.

5-8 p.m.: Kids Bungee and Trampoline.

5:30 p.m.: Burying of the beans ceremony. The beans, prepared from Paul Bunyan's Secret Recipe, will be buried in five huge cast iron kettles and cooked over a wood fire during the night.

6-8 p.m.: Beer garden.

Wednesday, July 12

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Crafter show and live music by Carlos Quinche.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Dunk tank.

11:15 a.m.: Coronation ceremony for Prince and Princess Jellybean and Queen and King Bean.

Noon: Beans raised and served.

12:30-2:30 p.m.: Memories of Elvis show by Chris Olson.