Bean Hole Days is the epitome of a small town festival and a local tradition in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. For 2020, the celebration will look a little different than in previous years- but the celebration continues regardless!
If you've never been to Bean Hole Days, we'll fill you in. The whole event takes place in Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes. On Tuesday evening, July 14, the beans are buried. A secret recipe is followed and the ingredients are placed into several massive cast-iron kettles, each with a name reflecting the area's Scandinavian history. The beans are placed onto hot coals and covered for the night. The burying of the beans ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.
On Wednesday morning, July 15, the beans are pulled from the ground and served to the community, free! But first comes the crowning of King and Queen Bean, who ceremonially take the first taste of the beans to ensure their quality (they have never yet failed!). Coronation is at 11:30 a.m.
This year, due to coronavirus, bean recipients are asked to register for a time slot in advance for when they will pick up their beans. This will help limit crowds. Additionally, no tents and tables will be set up- again, to limit crowding. Social distancing will be observed, but with everyone eating beans, you won't mind staying six feet apart (fair warning- jokes about the "musical fruit" about at this festival!).
Register for a time slot by visiting the Pequot Lakes Chamber's website here. Scroll down and click "register" on your desired time.
The festival will once again include the craft fair in Trailside Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. New this year, you can purchase larger quantities of beans and pick them up carside. A pint of beans is $10, beans and a ceremonial mug are $20, and beans, a mug and a t-shirt are $35. Visit the chamber site for more info. Individual servings are still free.
Though this year will be different from past years, the festival continues and so does the fun. Happy Bean Hole Days, everyone!