Get Quirky in May

You may be planning on attending the ubiquitous Festival of Nations or Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, both this weekend in St. Paul. But check out to some of these lesser-known events being held this month:

Race for the Roses Barrel Race

May 6-8
Red Horse Ranch, Fergus Falls
Fast riders and their fast horses try to beat the clock


Spring Raptor Release

May 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington
See raptors released back to the wild; observe eagles, hawks, owls and falcons; no pets.
www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu
612/624-4745


Shepherds Harvest Festival

May 7-8
Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo
Minnesota’s largest sheep and wool festival; vendors, music and sheep shearing; free.
www.shepherdsharvestfestival.org
612/961-9625


Mother’s Day at Glensheen

May 8, 9:30, 12:30 4:30
3300 London Rd., Duluth
An ironic way to spend Mother’s Day! Includes mansion tour and three buffets.
www.d.umn.edu/glen
218/726-8910


Senior Lalapalooza

May 13, 2-4 p.m.
Brooklyn Center
Entertainment by the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band; dessert.
http://bc100years.org
763/569-3400


Governor’s Fishing Opener Community Picnic

May 13, 4-7 p.m.
Ryan Flood Park, Grand Rapids
Free dinner for 4,000: Hormel pulled pork, Captain Ken’s beans, Kemp’s ice cream sandwich; boat raffle.
www.visitgrandrapids.com
218/328-5828


Fur Trade Rendezvous at Mendota

May 14, 10-4 p.m., May 15, 11-4 p.m.
1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota
No, it’s not a capelet and coat swap meet. Re-enactors demonstrate fur trading, skinning and outdoor cooking.
www.mnhs.org
651/452-1596


Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games

May 14, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington
Spend a day in Scotland; Scottish vendors, pipers, dancers and living history.
www.mnscottishfair.org
(952) 470-6300


Holz Farm Spring Festival

May 15, 11-4
Eagan
Demonstrations of 1940s-era farm tools and kitchen appliances; hay- and pony rides.
www.cityofeagan.com
651/675-5500


Dandelion Day at the Ard Godfrey House

May 15, 1-4 p.m.
28 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis
Celebrate Harriet Godfrey’s introduction of dandelion seeds to St. Anthony Falls; make dandelion necklaces, bracelets and crowns; tours and refreshments.
www.womansclub.org
612/813-5300


Bluff Country Gathering

May 19-22
Lanesboro
Barn dance and concert; traditional American music; clogging workshop.
www.boveeheil.com
507/498-5452


Stand-Still Parade

May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Whalan
The “geographically challenged” small town hosts the 16th Annual Stand-Still Parade where you move … not the Grand Marshall, marching band, color guard or floats.
www.standstillparade.org


Minnesota Soybean Festival

May 21
Farmington
Only one of three U.S. festivals celebrating our number one crop; expos, music, parade and tractor rides.
www.mnsoybeanfestival.com
888/392-5836


Maple Grove Arbor Day Festival

May 21
Maple Grove
Master Gardeners Q&A; birdhouse building; free tree seedlings; tree raffle and more.
www.ci.maple-grove.mn.us
763/494-6000


Southeast Minnesota Bluegrass Association Festival

May 20-22
Cushon’s Peak Campground, Houston
Nine bands perform; bring your own instrument and jam; no alcohol or pets; bring your own chair.
www.sembatv.org
507/896-7325

Anything happening in your neck of woods that I should spread the word about? Leave a comment and let me know if there is a festivity that you’d like me to share in an upcoming blog!

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