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.

Shepherds Harvest Festival

May 7-8
Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo
Minnesota’s largest sheep and wool festival; vendors, music and sheep shearing; free.

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.

Senior Lalapalooza

May 13, 2-4 p.m.
Brooklyn Center
Entertainment by the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band; dessert.

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.

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.

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.
(952) 470-6300

Holz Farm Spring Festival

May 15, 11-4
Demonstrations of 1940s-era farm tools and kitchen appliances; hay- and pony rides.

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.

Bluff Country Gathering

May 19-22
Barn dance and concert; traditional American music; clogging workshop.

Stand-Still Parade

May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.

Minnesota Soybean Festival

May 21
Only one of three U.S. festivals celebrating our number one crop; expos, music, parade and tractor rides.

Maple Grove Arbor Day Festival

May 21
Maple Grove
Master Gardeners Q&A; birdhouse building; free tree seedlings; tree raffle and more.

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.

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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