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2012 Bean Hole Days and Arts & Crafts Fair - Pequot Lakes Brainerd Lakes Chamber

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Name: 2012 Bean Hole Days and Arts & Crafts Fair - Pequot Lakes Brainerd Lakes Chamber
Date: July 9, 2012 - July 11, 2012
Event Description:

It's time to dig out Thor, Big Bertha, Ole, Sven, Lena and Baby Olga for the Pequot Lakes Bean Hole Days celebration July 9-11. It's a time for thousands to gather as they share a free lunch of baked beans, a dinner roll, and a glass of lemonade. The fun begins with the Paddle Hunt - your first clue will be released at 9 a.m. July 9. On Tuesday night, the baked beans are buried in the ground. And on Wednesday, the celebration culminates with the raising of the beans, a Queen and King Bean Coronation, an arts and crafts fair, food market, children's games, and of course, lunch! Entertainment will be provided Wednesday by Paul Imholte, Musical Stringman.
July 9-11 Paddle Hunt:
Paul Bunyan's Paddle Hunt -  Paul Bunyan's paddle needs to be found before the beans are raised on Wednesday, July 11, so he can stir the beans! One clue will be released at 9 a.m. each day, July 9-11, on this page. Watch for details.

Clue #1:
Heading East to the rising sun, the 2012 Bean Hole Days will be a historic one.

Clue #2:
Paul?s paddle is hidden at just his right height, ready to stir the beans with all his might.

Rest assured Paul's Paddle has been found:
This years paddle was hidden at the mouth of the fire tower along the back side of the trail map and was found by Rod Nelson.

July 10:
6 p.m.:  Burying of the Beans Ceremony
The beans, prepared from Paul Bunyan?s secret recipe behind locked doors, are buried in  five huge cast iron kettles and cooked over a wood fire during the night.  Join us for this special ceremony!  The largest kettle, THOR, is on display by the Pequot Lakes Chamber building.

July 11:
9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Craft Fair  and Concessions along the Paul Bunyan Trail
11:15 a.m.: Coronation Ceremony - Who will be this year's Queen or King Bean?
11:30 a.m.: Raising of the beans
12:00 p.m. : Serving of the Beans - The incredibly friendly volunteers serve a free and delicious bowl of baked beans, bun, and beverage to thousands of attendees.

Commemorative T-Shirts and Bowls will be sold July 10 -11 as supplies last at the Pequot Lakes Welcome Center in Trailside Park.

 Thank you to our volunteer committee members for helping organize a wonderful event!
Food Co-Chairs: Bernice Rohde, Lakes State Bank, and Jeff Walden, Arctic Vending.

Stay for more than a day! 
Take in all the happenings with this event and more by extending your stay in the Brainerd Lakes Area.  No other vacation destination in Minnesota offers the variety of lodging accommodations to fit every size, price, location, and style.

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Event Sponsors:



  • Lonesome Cottage Furniture Company
  • Hunt Utilities Group, LLC
  • Breezy Point Resort
  • Dairy Queen - Pequot Lakes
  • Fiks-Con Roofing, LLC
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Giovanni's-Pequot Lakes
  • Northland Embroidery & Screenprinting
  • PLM Lake and Land Management
  • Bill's Floor Covering
  • Ideal System Solutions, Inc
  • Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lion's Club


  • Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union-Baxter
  • Frandsen Bank and Trust - Crosslake
  • Landis+Gyr
  • Little People Learning Center
  • McDermott Orthodontics


  • Pequot Tool & Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Salon Couture
  • AmericInn Lodge and Suites - Pequot Lakes
  • Bertha Boatworks
  • Pequot Lakes SuperValu
  • Essentia Health St. Joseph's - Pequot Lakes Clinic
  • Oasis Oil
  • Pequot Lakes Animal Hospital
  • Waste Partners, Inc.
Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
East of Highway 371 / County Rd 11 stop lights
Date/Time Information:
9 a.m. July 9-11 Paddle Hunt - Clues released

6 p.m. July 10 - Lowering of the Beans Ceremony

9 a.m.- 4 p.m. July 11 - Events throughout the day.
Contact Information:
Jenna Crawford, Pequot Lakes Area Director, 218-568-8911
Free Community Event


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