Bemidji will be the site of a “Legacy Destination Weekend” beginning Monday and continuing through June 15.
As part of the event, some of Minnesota’s most well-known giant statues have been invited to Bemidji for Paul Bunyan’s 75th birthday party. The statue of the famous lumberjack and his giant blue ox, Babe, is a can’t-miss landmark on the west side of Lake Bemidji.
According to a news release from Conservation Minnesota, Herman the German of New Ulm, Big Ole from Alexandria, the Jolly Green Giant from Blue Earth, the Iron Man from Chisholm’s Iron World and the Big Otter from Fergus Falls all have been expressed initial interest in attending.
That’s a long shot, of course, but other events on tap include the Bemidji Library Book Festival with workshops, readings and even a few poetry slams by a collection of prominent local and national authors. There will also be a theatrical performance of the Spitfire Grill held at the theater named after the birthday boy, and a free movie shown nightly at dusk at the Lake Bemidji waterfront. Those looking for some more outdoors adventure may choose to partake in a Bog walk or archery class at Lake Bemidji State Park, a canoe trip along the Mississippi or a chance for kids to fish for free on Friday.
Sponsoring the Legacy Destination Weekends are Conservation Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens For the Arts and Explore Minnesota, as well as a number of host community organizations. The events were created to draw attention to all of the ways the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, which Minnesota voters approved in 2008, has impacted local communities.
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