Have a ball on your bike under the big bobber: Pedal Pequot!

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On Sept. 10, Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes will be filled with vendors, crafts, food, activities and lots and lots of bikes. It's the first-ever Pedal Pequot, a celebration of the end of a busy summer on an early fall day. The Paul Bunyan Trail, a Rails-to-Trails project, runs right through Trailside Park on its journey from Brainerd to Bemidji. It's one of the most popular biking, walking and snowmobiling trails around.

Several sponsors will be helping to make Pedal Pequot a great time for the whole family. From 10-11:30 a.m., Essentia Health will provide children participating in the event who don't have a helmet, or don't have one that properly fits, with a free helmet.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Traveling Art Pub (TAP) will host a big tent where participants can paint their own picture of the famous bobber- the Pequot Lakes Bobber Tower!

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Pequot Lakes School District PTA will host kids' carnival games in the park.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pequot Lakes Community Action will have a bounce house and either root beer floats or hot cocoa, depending on the weather.

Throughout the day, vendors and craftsmen will be selling their wares in the park. Food vendors will also be serving up tasty treats and meals.

This event is in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is celebrating the 125th anniversary of Minnesota State Parks. The DNR is also sponsoring a 125-mile challenge, challenging the community to travel 125 miles by bike, boot or boat. Log your miles and complete the challenge to receive a limited-edition Finishers sticker. The Paul Bunyan Trail is a state trail, so miles traveled during Pedal Pequot count toward your 125-mile goal!

The event is also part of the DNR's Trail-in-a-Day. All along the Paul Bunyan Trail on Sept.  9 and 10 will be events, including Pine River's 1830's Historic Encampment and Heritage Days. Heritage Days will take place at the train depot, right along the Paul Bunyan Trail near the Pine River stoplights, as well as at Forbes Park. Enjoy a free hobo stew from noon until it's gone as you see special historical displays. You'll have the chance to see flint knapping and blacksmithing, listen to a storyteller or check out the quilt display. Admission to all Heritage Days events is free.

Other Trail-in-a-day events include the Mounted Eagles Walk-N-Roll in Nisswa, Meet in the Middle festival in Hackensack, and the Ethnic Fest and parade in Walker. Find a flyer of all events here.

For more information about the 115-mile Paul Bunyan Trail, visit the DNR's info website, complete with a virtual tour, here.

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