The Labor Day weekend will be a busy one in the lakes area this year.
Besides the Laddies Loppet Mountain Biking Stage Race at Maplelag (see story on page 6B), the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion celebrates its 60th anniversary this weekend as well.
Every Labor Day weekend since 1954, the WMSTR has taken place on the show grounds in Rollag. The 2013 show features Gaar Scott engines.
Various forms of entertainment are available each day on the WMSTR grounds, including music, parades, camping, hundreds of different types of machinery — steam, gas and horse-powered — on display, as well as a pioneer village, live music and train rides around the site.
The grounds are open daily from Friday through Monday, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, starting at 6 a.m. and continuing until well after dark. Admission to the show is $20 for a season pass (all four days) or $12 per day. Children age 14 and under are admitted free of charge with a paid adult. Visit www.rollag.com for details.
Snellman Days will take place from Saturday, Aug. 31 through Sunday. Sept. 1 in the tiny eastern Becker County community of Snellman.
Snellman is nestled on State Highway 31, 20 miles east of Detroit Lakes and 18 miles west of Park Rapids. Weekend festivities will include brunch, a classic car and bike show, hot dog eating contest, horseshoe toss and more.
On Friday, Aug. 30, the Best Western Premier Lodge on the Lake will host its annual “Farewell to Summer” Shrimp Boil, with live music from 6 to 9 p.m. by the Deb Jenkins Band. The Lodge will also have live music Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring Dave Ferreira and Russ Peterson.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, Detroit Lakes’ Holiday Inn will host its 7th Annual Luau Festival, with kids games from 5-8:30 p.m. and live music featuring The Castaway from 5 to 8 p.m., and Back for More from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Spanky’s Stone Hearth will also have live music both Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m.