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SUMMER FARE: Mayville comes alive with Summerfest

Summer fare

The Mayville Portland Lions Club is gearing up for its annual Summerfest activities held Thursday through Sunday and there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Some major events on Thursday include the Heroes and Legends Golf Tournament Four-Person Scramble and Mayville 5K and 10K, while Friday will have garage sales throughout Mayville and Portland, a pet parade, the kickoff for Mayville State University Alumni Days and more.

Visitors on Saturday can enjoy barrel racing, kiddie tractor pulls, the Mayville State All Class Reunion picnic supper, a barn dance and a street dance, while events wrap up Sunday with an outdoor all-faith service.

Mayville and Portland will be celebrating all weekend, and everyone is invited to come have fun.

For a full schedule of events at Summerfest, go to

Other happenings

  • Turkey Barbecue and Summer Festival: Aneta, N.D., will hold its 54th annual Turkey barbecue and summer festival Friday through Sunday. The first day of the event includes a rib and chicken buffet at the American Legion Club at 5:30 p.m. and a street dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Turkey Barbecue starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the City Park and includes 300 turkeys, 1,000 pounds of potato salad and 900 pounds of beans. The day also includes a pancake breakfast, a tractor pull, and arts show and a parade. The weekend concludes with an all-faith service in the park Sunday and basketball in the City Auditorium. Aneta is about 62 miles southwest of Grand Forks.
  • Scandinavian Festival: Roseau, Minn., is hosting its 12th annual Scandinavian Festival Friday and Saturday. Events kick off Friday night with the Wilcox Family Fiddlers at 7 p.m. at the Roseau School Theater and continue throughout the day on Saturday. The festival includes a pancake breakfast, fresh lefse, book signings, music, artists and craft booths and demonstrations and more. For more details and a full schedule go to Info: (218) 689-5340.
  • Geocaching: The North Dakota Geocaching Association is holding its annual gathering at Turtle River State Park this year. Stop by the amphitheater at 8 p.m. Friday for a brief lesson on Geocaching 101 or come to the Agassiz Picnic Shelter from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday to learn more about the caches within the park and borrow a GPS unit to see what you can find. Turtle River State Park is 22 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2. Info: (701) 594-4445.
  • Chainmaille Jewelry Demonstration: Edie Ramstad of Weave Got Maille will give a talk and demonstration on chainmaille jewelry and her business at 11 a.m. Saturday at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library. Info: (218) 779-2514.
  • Wild Flower Celebration: The Williams Gardeners of Lake of the Woods County will hold its Wild Flower Route Celebration at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Williams Senior Center, 250 Main St., Williams, Minn. Bob Paulson will be the featured guest speaker and Ed Hanson will have his wildflower photography on display. The route will also feature hundreds of the Show Lady Slipper, the Minnesota state flower, plus 50 other wildflowers that can be found near Williams. Info: (218) 783-2805.
  • Binford Bull Ride: Join Binford, N.D., for a Professional Bull Riding event at 6:30 p.m. June 21 at the Binford Rodeo Grounds. The only sanctioned Professional Bull Riding event outside of Bismarck, these are the same bulls seen on national TV. Cost: $15 adults, $7 children advance tickets, $20 adults, $10 children at the door, preschool free. Info: 676-2024.
  • Summer Arts Safari: The Empire Arts Center is holding a week-long theater camp with the theme “The Wizard of Oz” for children ages 8 to 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 to 27. Contact the Empire to register. Cost: $30. Info:(701) 746-5500.
  • Summer Art Camps: The North Dakota Museum of Art is holding weekly art camps throughout the summer. All classes take place at the Hughes Fine Arts Building from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and no art experience is necessary. The first camp will be for children ages 6 to 13 June 23 to 27 with Mollie Douthit, titled “Make Your Mark.” Register: (701) 777-4195. Cost: $150 members, $175 non-members, scholarships available. Info:
  • Movie in the Park: Enjoy movies under the stars throughout the summer at various Grand Forks parks. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy family-friendly classics, action, adventure and new releases. The first film will be “Dolphin Tale” starting at sundown Wednesday at University Park. Additional shows: “Frozen” June 25 at University Park, “Nut Job” July 15 at Riverside Park. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 746-2750.