The origin of the Mississippi River. View the webcam at the Headwaters of the Mississippi!
Updated on: 01/29/2015
January 31-February 1
Heartland 106 Snowmobile Race (USXC Snowmobile Racing)April 24 & 26 Park Rapids Classic Chorale Spring Concert
Race through the forests and lakes and experience the natural beauty of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1. The race will be held on Fish Hook Lake if there's not enough snow for the regular route. The regular route would be a 25-mile ditch and lake course on Saturday and a one-lap, 100-mile woods race Sunday. Races start at 9 a.m. both days on Highway 34 at the east edge of Park Rapids. There are 21 classes of racing from junior to pro, open and vintage. Racers must be pre-registered online at usxcracing.com by 8 p.m. Thursday, January 29 or onsite at the North Ambulance Garage, just east of the Super 8 in Park Rapids between 5 and 7 p.m. Friday, January 30. This is a spectator sport; see the fastest show on snow.
Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest
Tickets are on sale for the 17th Annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest on Fish Hook Lake from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 7. The contest offers more than $110,000 in prizes. Grand prizes in this year's raffle are a 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup truck truck and an Ice Castle fish house. Other raffle prizes, including $1,000 cash prizes, will be awarded. Polaris ATVs top the list of prizes in four of the five fishing contest divisions: bluegill & crappie; northern, walleye & largemouth bass; perch; rock bass and white fish. The awards presentation starts at 5 p.m. at the American Legion. In conjunction with the fishing contest, the American Legion also sponsors a Friday night welcome dance and Saturday night Fisherman’s Ball, both featuring the band, White Knuckle Willie. Tickets for the fishing contest at $40 each are available at the American Legion or call 218-732-3360. For more information, go to www.parkrapidsamericanlegion.com.
Heartland Concert Series: Jaimee Paul and the Leif Shires Quartet
Jaimee Paul will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 12 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium with admission by season ticket. Jaimee Paul’s voice and sophisticated stage presence promise to enchant you, as she has audiences all over the world. Jaimee is backed by a jazz combo led by her husband, Leif Shires. Both Jaimee and Leif are in high demand with their fellow musicians in Nashville, including Kelly Clarkson. Membership packets are available at Beagle Books in Park Rapids and Thrifty White Drug in Walker. For more information, go to www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.
Old Time Logging Demo at Itasca State Park
Discover the history of early horse logging, an industry common to this area in the late 1800s. Watch lumberjacks fell trees with a 2-man cross-cut saw, buck the log into sections, skid the logs with the teamster’s trained horses, and cross-haul logs onto a horse drawn sled. Members of the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers will be on hand to demonstrate these early logging methods from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 14. Meet at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center. Dress according to the weather. Program is held outside in the woods. Please be prepared with warm hats, gloves, snow pants and snow boots. Be prepared to walk/stand in deep snow. In case of poor weather, the event will be cancelled. Duration of program will be weather dependent.
Lantern Lit Snowshoe Hike on the Schoolcraft Trail
Come enjoy a winter evening on snowshoes as the light of lanterns guides your way along the Schoolcraft Trail in Itasca State Park between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, February 21. Meet at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center and snowshoe at your own pace during this drop-in program. For added fun, bring along your s'mores fixings or hot dogs for cooking at the campfire. Limited snowshoes will be available on a first come-first served basis. Dress according to the weather. In case of poor weather, the event will be cancelled.
Itasca’s Music Under the Pines: Bill and Julie Kaiser
Bill and Julie Kaiser, members of Alabaster Falls, will be performing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the night of the Lantern Lit Snowshoe event in the cafe at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center. Alabaster Falls is an acoustic “folkgrass” band based in the Minnesota Northwoods. This group has found a way to put their unique stamp on music from bluegrass to folk to originals.
Heartland Concert Series: Ben Gulley
Tenor Ben Gulley will entertain at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium with admission by season ticket. Met Opera award winner and PBS favorite, Ben sings a program of well known operatic arias, spirituals and Broadway favorites. Ben’s career is growing with lead and feature roles in opera, solo engagements, concert work, film work and nationwide touring as well as prestigious appearances abroad. He is also a member of the SONY/BMG recording group, The American Tenors. Membership packets are available at Beagle Books in Park Rapids and Thrifty White Drug in Walker. For more information, go to www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.
Check back for more details on these and other events
January 31-February 1 Heartland 106 Snowmobile Race
February 7 Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest
February 11-14 Winnipeg to Thief River Falls International 500 Snowmobile Race
February 12 Heartland Concert featuring Jaimee Paul and the Leif Shires Quartet
March 6 Heartland Concert featuring tenor Ben Gulley
March 14 How Local Agricutlure Has Changed, a League of Women Voters program, at Century School
March 21 Energy & Wellness Expo at Century School, sponsored by Park Rapids Community Education
April 25 & 25 Spring Flower & Garden Home Show
May 1 Nemeth Art Center and Hubbard County Historical Museum open
June 13 Nature photography event for kids at Itasca State Park
June 18 2nd Street Stage concerts start
July 12 Bite of Park Rapids
July 23 Downtown Dash
July 23 & 24 Crazy Days
July 31, August 1 & 2 Northern Light Opera Company: West Side Story
August 6, 7 & 8 Northern Light Opera Company: West Side Story
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