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Powwow, rodeo part of eventful week

It's officially the 142nd annual White Earth Powwow, but it might just as well be dubbed the White Earth Band of Ojibwe's annual homecoming.

Powwow coordinator Dennis Hisgun said about 2,000 to 2,500 people are expected for the three-day event Friday through Sunday in White Earth, a Becker County community about 70 miles northeast of Moorhead.

"This is kind of a coming home for the White Earth people," he said. "They're all over the country."

The powwow begins with a grand entry at 7 p.m. Friday. Grand entries also will take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Special dances also will be featured, mainly on Saturday, Hisgun said.

The event is free and open to the public.

A free roast beef dinner will be served from 5 p.m. Saturday until it's gone. Food vendors will be available throughout the event.

For more information, contact Hisgun at (218) 261-1231 or

Here's a look at other area festivals and events this week:

* Fergus Falls, Minn., will celebrate Summerfest on Saturday, with a parade at 6 p.m. and two street dances starting at 8:30 and 9 p.m. Related events will take place Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

For a full schedule, visit

* The PRCA Rodeo trots into Hawley, Minn., for two performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, followed by a street dance on Saturday night.

The rodeo is the focal point of a week full of Rodeo Fest activities. The Rodeo Fest Parade starts at 3 p.m. Saturday after a car-show cruise at 2:30 p.m.

To learn more, visit and click on Rodeo Fest at the bottom right of the page, or call City Hall at (218) 483-3331 or Brandi Alm at (218) 937-5771.

* Bikers and brains will invade New York Mills, Minn., on Saturday, as the city hosts the ninth annual Ronald McDonald House Ride and The Great American Think-Off.

Last year, the motorcycle ride drew 1,250 bikes and raised more than $108,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo, according to the event's website,

This year's Great American Think-Off poses the question, "Do the wealthy have an obligation to help the poor?" Four finalists will debate the question at Regional Arts Retreat and Cultural Center. For more information, visit

* The 39th annual Irrigation Days runs Friday through Sunday in Oakes, N.D., featuring a parade, a picnic, street dances, demolition derby and more.

Visit for more information.

* Valley City, N.D., will host the 15th annual Dakota Soap Box Derby on Saturday.

It's the only sanctioned soapbox derby in a three-state region, according to the North Dakota Tourism Division's website. Youths will race for the chance to qualify for the All-American Soapbox Derby in Akron, Ohio.

Opening ceremonies and races start at 9:30 a.m. on Central Avenue.