This is the Explore Minnesota events report from the Minnesota Office of Tourism.
Minnesota's first Crappie USA Tournament will be Saturday at Farm Island Lake Resort and Campground in AITKIN. This is the first time a Crappie USA Tournament will be held in Minnesota. As part of the national circuit, winners will go on to compete in regional and national tournaments. Dial 1-800-526-8342 for entry information.
Atwater Festival Days will be held Friday-Sunday in ATWATER with a parade, street dance, petting zoo, community supper and other family events. For more information, dial 320/974-8760.
Spam Jam will be Saturday and Sunday during the grand opening of the Spam Museum at the Hormel Food Grounds in AUSTIN. Guests will include NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, Marion Ross from "Happy Days," Barbara Billingsley from "Leave It To Beaver," Austin singer and songwriter Martin Zellar, and Booker T. and the MGs. To find out more, dial 1-800-444-5713.
BUFFALO will be the site of the annual Buffalo Days Celebration through Sunday. Featured at this large community-wide celebration will be a fly-in breakfast, a classic car show, buffalo burgers, the Jaycees' craft show, concerts in the park, a royalty banquet, a Buffalo Arts Guild Exhibit and Open House, a medallion hunt, cribbage tournament, street dances, a carnival, large fireworks display, a variety of sports tournaments, a kiddie parade, fishing clinic for kids with bike and hat giveaways, pony rides, a kids' tractor pull and the Buffalo Days Parade. To find out more, dial 763/682-4902.
Fridley 49er Days will take place through Sunday at the Columbia Arena in FRIDLEY with a carnival, a parade, teen dance, a White Sidewalls Street Dance, a Rockin' Hollywoods Street Dance, a craft sale, horseshoe tournament, a parent-child miniature golf tournament, a Freedom Fiesta and more. For further information, dial 763/572-3600, extension 349.
The Barsness Park Chalet and Campgrounds in GLENWOOD will be the site Saturday of Friendship Fest. This is the fifth annual non-denominational Christian music festival with local and regional entertainment and worship for all ages. Activities will include a skate park, BMX dirt bike racing, sand volleyball court, tennis court, horseshoe pits, children's swing park, picnic area and more all located across from the city swimming beach. To learn more, dial 320/634-5246.
HUTCHINSON will present the 60th annual Jaycee Water Carnival today-Sunday with a parade, fireworks, marching band competition, carnival and dance. To learn more, dial 1-800-572-6689.
A Hay Daze Celebration will be today-Sunday in downtown JANESVILLE with a Miss Janesville Queen Pageant, a carnival, parades, live bands, bingo, antique tractor and machine shows. For further information, dial 507/234-5106.
Downtown MOUND will be the site Friday-Sunday of City Days with a street dance, a carnival, parade, reunion, fireworks and softball tournament. For more information, dial 952/471-0768.
The Redwood Area Community Center and Fieldhouse in REDWOOD FALLS will be the site Friday-Sunday of the Minnesota Inventors' Congress. This is the 45th annual Inventors Congress showcasing the latest innovations from across the United States. In addition, there will be the Minnesota Student Inventors' Congress, a variety of foods, a marketplace, seminars and more. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for students. To learn more, dial 1-800-468-3681.
Cruisers On Kellogg will be held along Kellogg Boulevard in downtown ST. PAUL each Saturday evening through Sept. 28. Featured will be street rod, hot rod, antique, restored and custom cars from 1964 and earlier. To find out more, dial 952/278-3140.
The White Earth Pow-Wow will take place beginning at noon Friday-Sunday in WHITE EARTH, with arts and crafts, food stands, Native American dancing and performances. To find out more, dial 218/983-3285.
And, upcoming concerts and performances in the TWIN CITIES will include: I Love You You're Perfect Now Change at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth, through Dec. 31; P!NK at the Historic Orpheum Theatre, today; The Eagles at the Xcel Energy Center at RiverCentre in St. Paul, Wednesday; Tab Benoit at the Cabooze in Minneapolis, June 21; Mary J. Blige at the Target Center in Minneapolis, June 21; The Goo Goo Dolls at the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis, June 21; Peter Himmelman at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, June 22; The Allman Brothers With Phil Lesh and Friends at the Target Center in Minneapolis, June 27; NPR'S Wait Wait Don't Tell Me at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, June 27 and 28; Champions On Ice 2002 Olympic Tour at the Target Center, June 28; The Twin Cities Pride Block Party in Minneapolis, June 28; The Indigo Girls at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, July 5; The Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at the Fitzgerald Theatre, July 6; John Mellencamp at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, July 6 and 7; The Proclaimers at the Fine line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, July 8; Weezer at the Xcel Energy Center at RiverCentre in St. Paul, July 9; Jewel at the Northrop Auditorium, July 13; The Tragically Hip at First Avenue in Minneapolis, July 20; Boz Scaggs at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Aug. 24; Powerman 5000 at the Xcel Energy Center at RiverCentre, Sept. 8; Cher at the Target Center, Sept. 15.
For further information on any of these performances, contact Ticketmaster at 651/989-5151.
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