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Stroll through craft markets

Craft and flea markets are a part of many summer festivals in the area. Here’s what’s going on in the Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Crosslake areas.


Market in the Park

Market in the Park runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays in Trailside Park, beginning June 20 and ending Aug. 29. Market in the Park includes business booths, flea market, garage sale and craft items, and includes new and used items as well as food concessions along the Paul Bunyan Trail.

For kids, a Kid’s Bobber Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon lets children search for 50 hidden bobbers and they can receive prizes. At 1 p.m., children can participate in Bobber bowling, where they bowl for the top score and prizes using a bobber bowling ball and Paul Bunyan sized pins.

Breezy Point-Pequot Lakes Stars & Stripes Days

The annual Fourth of July celebration features pig races, fireworks, parades and entertainment Wednesday and Thursday, July 3 and 4, in Pequot Lakes.

Pig races will return for the second year Wednesday, July 3, along with bed races along the Paul Bunyan Trail, food vendors and beer garden at Trailside Park, pie eating contests and the fireworks at dusk. A band will perform at Trailside Park from 9 p.m. to midnight.

In addition to the annual parade at noon Thursday, July 4, in downtown Pequot Lakes, that day will feature a flea market and craft fair in Trailside Park and a kiddie parade at 11 a.m.

Bean Hole Days and Arts and Crafts Show

Bean Hole Days and the Arts and Crafts Fair, along with the Paddle Hunt, in Pequot Lakes will be celebrated July 8-10, featuring secret-recipe beans baked overnight Tuesday, July 9, in huge pots in the ground at Trailside Park.

The free meal at noon Wednesday, July 10, includes a bowl of beans, a bun and beverage. Lines are long, but they move fast.

Five pots of beans are baked, containing 400 pounds of beans. In typical Bean Hole Day fashion, the pots are named Ole, Lena, Big Bertha, Sven and Baby Olga. One by one, they’re pulled out of the ground and served.

Also July 10, the Queen and King Bean coronation will occur, along with an arts and crafts fair along the Paul Bunyan Trail, food market, children’s games and entertainment. Arts and Crafts Show lines the Paul Bunyan Trail as well on July 10. Paddle Hunt clues will be released beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, July 8.


Big Fun Tuesdays

Big Fun Tuesdays run from 1-3 p.m. starting June 18-Aug. 13 in Crosslake Town Square.

Events include Paul Bunyan-sized games each Tuesday, including gunny sack races, big fish toss, pancake throwing and minnow races.


Crosslake Celebrates America will feature the 43rd annual fireworks display from Sand Island on Cross Lake at dusk Saturday, July 6.

Kids Fishing Derby

The Crosslake Recreation Area will host a free youth fishing derby for kids ages 14 and younger Saturday, Aug. 10.

Participants must be at the main office by 8:30 a.m. to register. There will be educational programs at 9 a.m. followed by fishing at 10 a.m.

Children must be present for the duration of the educational programs and have an adult present to participate.

All fishing must be done from shore and within park boundaries. Participants need to bring their own bait, sunscreen and fishing pole. Local merchants will provide the prizes and soda pop.

The fishing derby will be held rain or shine.

Crosslake Days

The event will be celebrated Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29. Saturday, Sept. 28, events include the annual Chili Cookoff at Crosslake businesses, a Classic & Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, kids’ games at the Corps of Engineers park, arts and crafts shows, a bike ride, food and live entertainment.

That night, the Crosslake Area Historical Society hosts its end-of-the-season Candlelight and Cider Tour. Crosslake Days also offers a treasure hunt for prizes.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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