Top Ten End-of-Summer Mesabi Events

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Soak up all the sun and fun you can this summer with the top 10 most magical Mesabi events in August:


#10. Movies in the Park On August 26, Veteran’s Park in Eveleth hosts movie night under the stars. You can’t do this in January! Bring a chair for a showing of “Minions” Concessions for sale one site.


#9. Rampage at the Ridge Best extreme 5K obstacle course in the state, for the best cause. Help area veterans programs when you get down, get dirty, and work together at this fun event August 20. Pre-party August 19.


#8. The Dirty Ores Roller derby mayhem and madness at its finest, in the majestic Hippodrome arena in Eveleth August 13.


#7. Merritt Days Mountain Iron is full of fun and music during this four-day event August 10-13 commemorating the founding of the town and the first Mesabi mine by none other than The Merritt Brothers.


#6. Fuzzy Dice Cruise and Car Show Downtown Virginia turns into a car lot for the classiest of machines during this Dream Machines Car Club car show and swap meet August 20.


#5. Doc “Moonlight” Graham Days August 10-14 the city of Chisholm is abuzz with activities including a fishing contest, live music all over the place, and a parade in honor of Field of Dreams character and native son, Doc Graham.


#4. Music in the Park Not to be confused with the Minions at #10. This is toe-tappin music by the Singing Slovenes in Biwabik’s City Park August 11.


#3. Iron Pour That’s right: make a mold, watch molten iron be poured into it, then break it open the next day. Very cool. And hot. At Minnesota Museum of Mining August 27.


#2. Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour Don’t worry! Hard core cycling skills not necessary! Totally family-friendly, lots of volunteers, food, drink, music and fun, all on the state’s best bicycle trail August 6.


#1. The County Fairs That’s right, on the Mesabi, we have three. Count ’em, THREE. The biggie is “the” St. Louis County Fair in Chisholm August 10-14, then there’s the homestyle Central St. Louis County Fair in Meadowlands August 19-21, and the ever-so-quirky-and-not-exactly-a-county-fair-but-still-awesome Embarrass Region Fair up in the woods, people, August 26-28. Fair food, animals, mud runs, horse shows, fair food, music, rides, contests, fair food. And more.  HIT THEM ALL. I say again, hit them all. Come February, you won’t regret it!


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Spring a ding-ding: events & activities to get you back outside #MesabiIsMagic

Longer days are here, and spring is right around the corner on the Mesabi Iron Range. If you’ve been hibernating, it’s time to get out and move!

Head onto the ice for crappies on our smaller, and easy-to-get-to lakes, or go on up to Giants Ridge fice fishior the best spring skiing in the Midwest!

It’s not too late to take a guided snowshoe hike at Minnesota Discovery Center. Stop by Thursdays (free admission, you only pay for snowshoe rental), Tuesdays, or Saturdays.

There are plenty of hiking trails to explore on your own, plus a variety of fat bike routes you’ll dig – find a few of each at Giants Ridge, or look for wooded trails in Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, and in virtually every community the Mesabi Trail passes through.  Fat bike pix

If the wilderness ain’t your thing, these March events will help you get through the transition from winter to summer in the company of others:

Artisan Market: Crafts to Crops at  Minnesota Discovery Center Saturday, March 12.

Green Envy at the Olcott Greenhouse in Virginia, 3-7 p.m. March 19. Celebrate the spring equinox surrounded by food, wine and exotic plants.

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Giants Ridge Spring Carnival and Slush Cup, March 19. Dress for the beach and get ready to party. Food, drink, music and fun.

Mighty Mutts Beer and Wing Tasting, March 30, 5-7:30 @ Hibbing Armory. Sample them all and vote for your favorite. Proceeds benefit area animal shelters.

Iron Range Home, Sport & Travel Show at Miners Memorial Building, Virginia March 31-April 3. Free admission!

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