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Published June 06, 2011, 12:00 AM

Summer events: Oakes festival gets summer started

Plane tours, rodeos, ribs, more in store for season
OAKES, N.D. – In a summer full of town festivities, Oakes’ 125th celebration Friday, Saturday and Sunday promises to provide fun and educational entertainment.

By: Josie Clarey, INFORUM

OAKES, N.D. – In a summer full of town festivities, Oakes’ 125th celebration Friday, Saturday and Sunday promises to provide fun and educational entertainment.

Friday’s events are highlighted by a parade at 6:30 p.m. Youth games will be set up on Main Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with an all-school reunion at 5:30 p.m. A street dance will be at 10 p.m. at the Angry Beaver Lodge.

Take a drive to the Oakes Municipal Airport for a World War II B-25 “Miss Mitchell” Living History Ride and Tour.

The restored plane is in its original state, with minor modern updates.

A one-hour tour in the air includes a pre-flight briefing, engine run-up and flight time for $395.

Participants are advised to allow two hours to meet with the crew, ask questions and view the CAF museum.

For more information, go to www.missmitchell.org or call (612) 685-4506.

Other events include:

  • Hawley (Minn.) Rodeo Fest, began Saturday and ends next Saturday: A full week of events, starting with breakfast on the farm. There are several events throughout the week, concluding with two nights of rodeo performances. Go to www.hawley.govoffice.com for more details.

  • Ribfest, Wednesday through Sunday: A four-day party at the Fargodome with food, live entertainment and family fun. Riblet Fest for kids is Saturday, and there will be a Games Galore midway. Rib cookers from across the country will compete to see whose ribs are the best. For more information, go to www.fargoribfest.com.

  • Irrigation Days, June 10-12. Celebrated in conjunction with Oakes’ 125th, Irrigation Days includes reunions, parades, picnics, street dances, a community rummage sale and more. Go to www.oakesnd.com for more information.

  • 143rd White Earth Powwow, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, White Earth, Minn. A two-day event for adults and children to gather and celebrate their native roots. Call (218) 983-3285 for details.

  • Annual Rhubarb Festival, Saturday At 2122 University Ave. in Grand Forks, sponsored by the University Lutheran Church Women’s Group, featuring a bake sale of rhubarb goodies.

  • Grand Cities Art Fest, Saturday and Sunday. Check out downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, Minn., for 130 local, regional and national artistry. Events start at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Go to www.novac.org for more information.

  • Wildlife Federation Summer Walleye Tournament, Sunday, Valley City.

  • Fergus Falls (Minn.) Summer Fest, 9 .m. Saturday. Activities designed for all ages including crafters, food and music in downtown Fergus Falls. Go to www.fergusfallssummerfest.com for more details.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Josie Clarey at (701) 241-5529

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