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Wolf Lake Harvest Fest is Aug. 16-18

Participants in this year's Miss Wolf Lake Pageant include (left to right) Natasha Maninga, Sarah Aschnewitz, Charity Neis, Kyah Jantz, Kaelynn Hertig, Serrennitty Neis and Hailey King. A new Miss Wolf Lake, Junior Miss and Little Miss will be chosen on Friday, Aug. 16, with the pageant slated to begin at 7 p.m. Wolf Lake’s Harvest Festival runs Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Wolf Lake community gathers to celebrate a long-established tradition next weekend, as the Harvest Festival returns for its 30th year in a row.

The activities will span Friday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 18, showcasing a variety of events that will appeal to every age.

Andrea Yliniemi, chairman of the event, said that the festival traditionally falls around harvest time in the middle of August.

Because Wolf Lake is a farming community, she continued, the festival provides a chance for “farmers to take a break and hop off the tractors for a little while,” and for the community to gather and enjoy some time with friends and neighbors.

“We try to keep everything as low cost or free as possible,” Yliniemi said of the many events that will be open to the community.

The festival kicks off on Friday with the Miss, Junior Miss, and Little Miss Pageant at 7 p.m. in the Lions Hall.

The Little Miss category is open to ages four to six years, and 10 to 12 year olds may enter the Junior Miss Pageant.

Contestants in the younger categories will be awarded tiaras.

The Miss Wolf Lake Pageant is for ages 16 to 18. At the end of a successful reign, the winner will be awarded a $250 scholarship.

Boogie the night away with a free street dance in the Liquor Store parking lot, starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday, with music from DJ “Music Doctor.”

Saturday morning opens with a peek at some of Wolf Lake’s history. Take a step back in time to view an antique tractor show, beginning at 8 a.m. at Ray’s Repair. Also be sure to check out the flea market.

Help to save lives at a blood drive held in S.G. Apostolic Church from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, contact Amanda Aho at 218-538-6690, or visit and enter code “wolflake.”

The WL Rescue 5K Walk/Run starts at 9 a.m. from Christ Lutheran Church. The cost to enter and receive a shirt is $10, and to enter without a shirt it’s $5.

Face painting will be offered at Christ Lutheran Church beginning at 10 a.m.

Pick up materials for the Coloring Contest at Lakes Area Co-op and return an entry before 12 p.m. on Saturday.

The Lions will be hosting a freewill turkey and ham dinner in the Lions Hall from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

The Harvest Fest Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“The parade has always been my favorite,” Yliniemi noted. “It’s fun to see it all come together.”

Thirty minutes after the completion of the parade, the Mud Run will begin, with trucks and 4-wheelers gathering in the pit. Yliniemi describes the event as “loud and messy,” and added, “all the participants just have a really great time.”

Showcase your best pastry making skills in the Pie Baking Contest.

Entries are accepted until 3 p.m. Saturday in the Lions Hall, and Amanda Aho can be contacted for registration at 218-538-6690.

Stick around after the competition for an opportunity to enjoy some delicious pies. Slices will be sold for $2.50, or $3 Ala Mode.

Registration for the Dart Tournament will begin at 4 p.m. in the Liquor Store. The cost to enter is $5 per person.

DJ “Music Doctor” will return for another night of great music and street dancing on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

All events on Sunday will be held at the Wolf Lake Waterfront Park, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. for the horseshoe tournament.

A variety of additional games and entertainment will begin at 12 p.m.

A raffle ticket and prize drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $1 each in Wolf Lake, Menahga, and Osage. It isn’t necessary to be present to win, and the grand prize is $500, with several smaller prizes going through 7th place.

Multiple food vendors will be available all three days of the festival, including the Ladies Auxiliary Lunch Wagon.

A Beer Garden, Bar, and Off Sale will be open all of Friday and Saturday.

Clues for the Susi Jarvi Charm Hunt will be posted in the Frazee Forum, Review Messenger, Park Rapids Enterprise, and on KRCQ 102.3 FM radio.

The search is funded by the Wolf Lake Wolf Pack Baseball Team.

Yliniemi describes the clues as “cute little riddles,” and the prize for deciphering them and finding the charm is $100.

She encourages people to get involved and to submit entries into the parade and contests during the Wolf Lake Harvest Fest.

“It’s just such a fun weekend,” Yliniemi said of the festival.

For more information about the weekend and event contact information, visit

Libby Larson | DL Newspapers