Country music, war, rodeo, relay and gay pride on tap
Friday, June 1
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pine City Arts Council’s “Art in the Park” ft. Al Godage and Sundown
Enjoy BBQ turkey sandwiches sold by St. Mary’s School beginning at 5 p.m. in the gazebo. The country music will play from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and have some fun and relaxation, or dance! No admission charge.
Venue: Robinson Park | 200 5th Street SE | Pine City
Rain Venue: Pine City Elementary School
Saturday, June 2
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Voyageur Militia Day
Costumed re-enactors portraying North West Company agents will be enlisting all able-bodied voyageurs (visitors) to help defend the business of the fur trade when the United States declares war on England in 1812. Learn how to march in formation, make a militia hat to take home and experience military camp life in the early 1800s. Volunteers from two local reenactment groups, Western Lakes Station and La Compagnie des Hivernants, will be on hand to talk about the War of 1812 and the important role fur traders played in influencing the outcome. Fee: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Venue: North West Company Fur Post | 12551 Voyageur Lane | Pine City
Pine City Invitational MBBA/UBBI Bull Ride and Bucking Bull competitions ft. Minnesota Vikings’ Jared Allen
Never attended a Pine City rodeo? All-Pro NFL Player Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings will be attending this one, representing his Jared Allen Homes 4 Wounded Warriors. There will also be a 50/50 Drawing for breeders entering bulls in the event, benefiting Homes 4 Wounded Warriors. It’s only $10 to attend for adults, $5 for kids 4-12, and kids 3 and under are free.
Venue: Heidelberger Arena | 3923 State Hwy 70 | Pine City
6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Pine County Relay for Life
Pine County Relay for Life will take place all evening Saturday with an overnight, powerful, luminary walk beginning at 6 p.m. and going until 6 a.m. Activities and other fundraisers are planned throughout the night. A local high school band will be playing at 10 p.m., and there will be a DJ playing music for the rest of the night. There will also be concessions until 2:30 a.m. Other portions of the event include a dunk tank and a raffle for prizes donated by local organizations. The money raised will fight cancer nationally, but also locally.
Venue: Pine City High School Track | 1400 Main St S. | Pine City
Sunday, June 3
Noon to 5 p.m.
8th Annual East Central Minnesota Pride Presents “Equality Matters: A Rainbow Rendezvous”
One of America’s only rural prides, a celebration of GLBTQ rural life. There will be vendors, a silent auction, food, homespun fun and entertainment. Scheduled to perform live are Yasen Marie and Harley Wood, who has ventured into a solo career after leaving Far From Falling; as well Nobody’s Weddin’. Headlining is Chastity Brown, a 30-year old Minneapolis-based musician who has released three full-length albums and straddles multiple genres.
Invited to come are several public officials, including Gov. Mark Dayton who attended in 2010, and other candidates vying for political office. Besides picnicking in a gorgeous setting, there is plenty else to do: Frisbee golf, browse vendor booths, bid on a silent auction, have your photo taken, and meet your neighbors. Last year, the event was honored at the Minnesota State Fair in the “Community Pride Showcase”.
Venue: VFW and Voyageur Park | 600 1st Ave NW | Pine City