The Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce kept its annual midweek tradition of serving beans baked underground overnight in cast iron kettles when Bean Hole Days took place Tuesday and Wednesday, July 14-15, in Trailside Park.

Miss Pequot Lakes Princess Madi Fulton and her escort, Nola Novak, deliver containers of to-go beans in the Pequot Lakes Information Center parking lot. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
Miss Pequot Lakes Princess Madi Fulton and her escort, Nola Novak, deliver containers of to-go beans in the Pequot Lakes Information Center parking lot. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

COVID-19 precautionary guidelines were in place as organizers tried to get people to go online to register for a time to get their free serving of beans, a bun and water. Or they could get a ticket at the event with a time to get in line. The goal of setting serving times in half-hour increments was to not have more than 250 people in line at one time and to strive for social distancing.

A drive-thru option was also available where people could buy a container of beans without leaving their vehicle. There was no tent or chairs as a way to encourage people to get their beans but not congregate in the park.

The annual craft show was a part of Bean Hole Days, with booths lined up along the Paul Bunyan Trail in Pequot Lakes. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
The annual craft show was a part of Bean Hole Days, with booths lined up along the Paul Bunyan Trail in Pequot Lakes. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

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Crafters lined the Paul Bunyan Trail in booths. A clear sky, pleasant temperature and cool breeze made it a picture perfect day for the event, even if the crowd was down from past years.