Since 1938, people in Pequot Lakes have been gathering for the sake of beans. Bean Hole Days got its start when local businessmen held a bean feed to thank farmers for their support of area businesses. Today, thousands flock to Trailside Park in downtown Pequot Lakes to celebrate this annual tradition.
On Tuesday, July 12, huge cast iron kettles of beans (prepared from Paul Bunyan's Secret Recipe) will be covered in a wood-fired pit so they can cook overnight and be served for free at noon Wednesday, July 13. The kettles even have names — Thor, Big Bertha, Ole, Sven, Lena and Baby Olga. The free lunch on Wednesday will include baked beans, a dinner roll and a beverage.
Adding to the fun of this small town celebration, a paddle is hidden somewhere in town. The first Paddle Hunt clue will be released at 9 a.m. Monday, July 11, and continue daily until the paddle is found. A prize package is offered to the winner.
Other activities not to miss include the raising of the beans — this is the process of getting the steamy-hot kettles of baked beans out of the ground and the Queen and King Bean coronation — the royalty that oversees the gala event. A community arts and crafts fair, food market, and fun children's games round out the afternoon on Wednesday.
New this year is a "Truth and Lore Tour" courtesy of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association. Participants should meet at Antler's Restaurant in Breezy Point at 1 pm to learn about the history and mystery of the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway via a guided tour via bus. This will be the first of three tours this year; each will focus on a different part of the area. Tour costs $35/person.