MENAHGA — The time-honored tradition of celebrating St. Urho’s Days returns to Menahga on March 13-14.
St. Urho’s Days opening ceremonies are 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 13 at the Menahga High School gym. The St. Urho King and Queen will be crowned, along with the medallion winner presentation and St. Urho Look Alike Contest. The Wolf Lake Stars Country Music Revue performs at 7 p.m.
A $5 St. Urho button will admit you into Friday night's event. It’s available at Shell Sport & Bait in Menahga or at the door.
The pancake breakfast at the Menahga Community Center is Saturday, March 14 from 8 to 11 a.m.
The St. Urho volleyball tournament starts at 9:30 a.m. in the gym.
Enjoy coffee and pulla at the Menahga Museum from 10 a.m. to noon.
The traditional Changing of the Guards by the “Nytes of St. Urho” takes place at noon at the St. Urho statue.
Parade line up begins at 12:20 p.m. by Cottage House Cafe.
Other events Saturday include mollky (Finnish bowling) and other yard games. Sled dog rides at the school football field will be led by True North Sled Dog Kennel, owned by the local Grangroth sisters.
The Menahga Civic & Commerce Association, which sponsors St. Urho Days, is also selling St. Urho hoodies and baseball shirts, which are available at local businesses. For more information, go to www.menahga.com.
The legend of St. Urho says he chased the grasshoppers out of ancient Finland, thus saving the grape crop and the jobs of Finnish vineyard workers. His feast is celebrated by wearing the colors Royal Purple and Nile Green. St. Urho is nearly always represented with grapes and grasshoppers as part of the picture.
Saint Urho has been recognized with proclamations in all 50 states. Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson issued a proclamation in his state, the unofficial home of Saint Urho, in 1975.