Mark your 2012 calendars

Major Pine City Area Events for 2012

  • (Ice) Fishing Derby, Pokegama Lake – January 15, 2012 (43rd Annual)
  • East Central Minnesota Pride– June 3, 2012 (8th Annual)

    A recent Freedom Fest street dance.

  • Freedom Fest – June 29-30, and July 1, 2012
  • Art Fest in Robinson Park – July 21, 2012 (35th Annual)
  • Pine County Fair – August 1-5, 2012 (120th Annual)
  • Czech Booya Festival, at Sokol Camp – August 19, 2012 (81st Annual)
  • Pine City PRCA Championship Rodeo, Labor Day Weekend, 2012 (6th Annual)
  • Northwest Co. Fur Post’s “Rendezvous” Fall Gathering – September 15-16, 2012 (34th Annual)
  • Holiday Madness and lighted parade – November 30, 2012

A recent Fall Gathering at the fort.

Besides hosting one of the state’s largest flea markets, an ever-expanding farmers’ market, a fun run, health fair, and a lifestyles show, Pine City hosts a number of other annual festivals and events, as mentioned above. There is truly something for everyone.  Be sure to send your favorite photos of the events you attend in 2012 to  Happy New Year!

No “public” recipe for Sokol Camp’s famous Booya

Perhaps you can help out.  This week, a couple who lives in the countryside in upstate New York contacted the local Chamber of Commerce about obtaining a recipe for what they called “Pine City Booya”.

They had clipped and saved it from the Pine City newspaper at one time but lost or misplaced it somewhere along the line in their move from Florida to New York.  The wife said she had looked online for the recipe but to no avail.  With the colder temperatures moving in, she said she would really like to make and enjoy some.

She is hoping to find someone who can provide it to her once again.  She doesn’t want to make chicken booya or some makeshift recipe.  It has to be the authentic “Pine City” booya, or, as it is officially called, “Sokol Camp Booya”, the stuff that is served each year at the Czech Booya Festival on the East shore of Cross Lake.

In contacting an organizer of the event, the response was:

“I am sorry to inform you that the Sokol Camp Booya is one of those recipes that our Booya Cooks are very proud of and are not willing to make public.  We are not sure how the people you made reference to acquired our recipe.  This is a recipe we have been using for over 80 years and has never been released.  The cooks don’t even let me see the recipe and I’m a co-chair.”

If anyone has the Sokol Camp Booya recipe, not just any recipe, perhaps you can post it here in the comments?!