Emily Hartley , Published August 23 2010
Keep an eye on Potato Days
The annual spud celebration gets cooking Friday and Saturday in Barnesville, Minn.
Friday brings the “National Lefse Cook-off” at 1 p.m. and a potato cook-off at 5 p.m. An annual attraction, the mashed potato wrestling starts at 5:30, and the Miss Tator Tot pageant begins at 6, followed by a demolition derby and a classic music dance.
A potato pancake breakfast starts off Saturday morning before a 10K and 5K run or walk. A pattern emerges on Saturday with a potato picking contest, a potato peeling contest, a potato sack fashion show, a mashed potato eating contest and a mashed potato sculpture contest, all before 3:30.
The celebration’s parade starts at 5:30, followed by a street dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Other events around the region this week include:
- Island Park Craft Show, 302 7th St. S., Fargo, Saturday and Sunday. The arts-and-crafts fair, which is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, features 180 booths and live entertainment, barrel train rides and horse-drawn carriage rides.
- Streets Alive, Fargo-Moorhead, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. No cars allowed at the first of two Streets Alive community events. A five-mile section of downtown Fargo and Moorhead will be closed to motorized vehicles and open to walkers, bikers and in-line skaters. Activities ranging from Zumba to hip-hop dancing will be along the route, as well as stations like “Participation Parkway” and “Eat & Greet St.” A second Streets Alive event is scheduled for Sept. 19.
- Ransom County Fair, Lisbon, N.D., Wednesday through Sunday. Events include a free corn feed, the Miss Ransom County pageant and Sheyenne River speedway races on Thursday. Friday night brings Bull-a-Rama and the crowning of the Rodeo Queen, as well as fireworks. Saturday’s admission is free for ages 17 and under and features the fair parade and a concert by 32 Below.
- Finn Creek Festival, Finn Creek Outdoor Museum, New York Mills, Minn., Saturday and Sunday.