PEQUOT LAKES — It’s once again time in Pequot Lakes to dig out of storage Thor, Big Bertha, Ole, Sven, Lena and Baby Olga. But this year is an opportunity to introduce them to their new home.
It’s time again for Bean Hole Days July 11-13 in Trailside Park – a time for thousands of friends and family members to gather as they share a free lunch of baked beans, a dinner roll and a glass of lemonade.
The cast iron bean pots — Thor, Big Bertha, Ole, Sven, Lena and Baby Olga, ranging in size from the 30-pound baby girl to the 45-pound big daddy — will be lowered July 12 into the newly remodeled bean pit. The beans will cook overnight and be served to the patiently waiting masses for lunch the next day, July 13.
To celebrate your civic pride and the fun of Bean Hole Days, those attending Bean Hole Days are invited to be a part of a community photo at 11:30 a.m. July 13 in Trailside Park. Wear your favorite Bean Hole Days T-shirt from past or present years. T-shirts will be sold at the Pequot Lakes office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber.
The three-day celebration kicks off with Paul Bunyan’s Paddle Hunt — the first clue in the treasure hunt will be posted July 11. Clues will be posted at 9 a.m. on the Chamber’s Facebook page, Explore Brainerd Lakes, and at 10 a.m. at participating businesses and at Chamber Welcome Centers. Bean Hole Days concludes July 13 with the free lunch as well as a vendor and craft fair in Trailside Park. This community event is free for everyone to enjoy!
“Bean Hole Days is an event that family members and friends, from near and far, look forward to every July,” Sue Galligan, Pequot Lakes area coordinator with the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, said. “A special thank you goes out to our communities and area businesses for making this event such a success each and every year.”
Galligan said area businesses donate all the ingredients for the beans. Again this year, the beans — 400 pounds — were donated by Central Bean Co., Quincy, Wash.
The remodeled bean pit, rebuilt for safety and durability, was made possible through the support and donations of time or materials of Lake Shore Construction, Dave and Sue Galligan, Crow Wing County Sentence to Serve, and the city of Pequot Lakes.
The event schedule:
• Paul Bunyan’s Paddle Hunt: One paddle hunt clue will be posted each day, July 11-13, to find Paul Bunyan’s Paddle. A basket of prizes will be awarded to the person who finds the paddle!
• Burying of the Beans Ceremony: The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. July 12 in Trailside Park. The beans are prepared behind closed doors using Paul Bunyan’s secret recipe. Cast iron kettles will be filled with beans and cooked over a wood fire during the night.
July 13th events:
• Craft Fair and Concessions: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. alongside the Paul Bunyan Trail.
• Coronation Ceremony: The ceremony to name this year’s royalty — the Top Bean – will begin at 11:15 a.m. at the Trailside Park.
• Community Photo: All attendees wearing Bean Hole T-shirts will gather for a group photo at 11:30 a.m..
• Raising of the Beans: Beans will be raised about 11:30 a.m. shortly after the community photo at Trailside Park.
• Winners will be drawn for Stars and Stripes/Bean Hole Days Raffle: Drawing will take place at noon after the beans have been raised.
• Serving of the beans: Volunteers will serve the delicious bowl of beans beginning about noon.
Purchase your souvenir Bean Hole Days bowl for $5 and go to the head of the serving line. Express Serving Line will be for those people with a souvenir bowl.
More information about Bean Hole Days and a link to the Brainerd Lakes Area Calendar of Events may be found at pequotlakes.com.