For Menahga residents, it's something to look forward to every year and for the visitors, it's a reason to take a road trip to the home town of St. Urho.
The annual Menahga Midsummer Festival continues today (Saturday) and Sunday, July 7-8.
Saturday offers a variety of events. The day will begin with the 31st annual St. Urho 5K Walk and Run and 10K Run at 9 a.m. The race begins at the old baseball field and ends at the St. Urho statue.
Pre-register for the event at the Shell gas station, the Cenex store or by going to www.allsportscen tral.com. Registration ends at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.
For those interested in arts and crafts, the Art and Craft Show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Menahga.
Senior Men's (Old Timers) Baseball Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. running all day and will take place at all three baseball fields.
Kids events will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the football field. Also, Cody's Rides, from Prior Lake, will be coming to Menahga bringing with them rides for various ages, games and food. They will run Saturday near the water tower.
A raffle sponsored by the Menahga Civic and Commerce Association has a grand prize 2012 Polaris Ranger XP 800 Boardwalk Blue LE. Other cash prizes include: 1st - $1,000; 2nd - $750; 3rd - $500 and 4th - $250. Only 2,000 tickets are available.
A blueberry ice cream social is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum.
Horseshoe tournaments will be at 9 a.m. for doubles and 1 p.m. for singles at the city park.
At 1 p.m., head downtown to see the firemen's water fight that will continue until 3 p.m.
Evening events Saturday will begin with the Midsummer Grand Parade at 7 p.m., followed by dances at the VFW and Northbounds Spirits lot. A beer garden and food are available Friday and Saturday night.
Fireworks will take place Saturday night at dusk on the shore of Spirit Lake following a performance by the UNL Drill and Dance Team.
Sunday morning the Lions Pancake Feed will be from 7 a.m. to noon at the city park.
A nondenominational church service is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday down at the shores of Spirit Lake.
A Conservation Club Kids Fishing Derby is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Spirit Lake fishing pier.
New this year is the Great Lakes Timber Show featuring log rolling, chain sawing, crosscut sawing, modified chain sawing and loads of good family fun. Shows are at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Spirit Lake boat access.