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'Small town with big heart' celebration Aug. 12-14

Even though Snow White was sans a couple of dwarfs, that mini-float also won a prize. Unfortunately the kids parade coincided with nap time, so almost all of Snow's dwarfs could have been named Grumpy by the time the parade ended. A scavenger hunt and gunny sack relays Saturday drew 50 kids. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

The 12th annual Laporte Days will be held Aug. 12-14 "in the small town with the big heart/big celebration" - Laporte.

This is a Greater Laporte area celebration. Organizers are inviting local businesses and neighboring towns from Lake George to Wilkinson, Walker to Bemidji to bring a float to the 3 p.m. Sunday parade.

Line-up is at top of the schoolhouse hill at 2:30 p.m. Call 218-760-3972 for parade information.

The kiddie parade begins at 2:30 p.m. with line-up at the Baptist Church parking lot at 2 p.m. A new ruling this year for the kiddie parade is no animals or motorized vehicles allowed.

Local clubs and churches may use this time for a fundraiser, whether providing a meal or having a booth at the flea market. Call 218-224-2601 to register for flea market spaces. There is no cost to youth groups, but pre-registration is required.

New this year is a Memorial Run/Walk Saturday on the Paul Bunyan Trail. For information on fees, call 218-224-2974.

Registration for the event will be at the DNR parking lot from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m.

Rollerskating for kids will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Laporte School. Come in the main entrance of the school. Vendors have supplied over $200 in prizes with 75 chances to win door prizes to be given away throughout the evening. For more information call 218-760-3972.

The second annual Cemetery Walk will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lakeport Cemetery. Presenter Karen Keener will share information on several veterans during the 40-minute "Remembering Our Veterans" walk.

The event also includes a flea market, crafts and food vendors, with the Lion's lunch wagon opening at 11 a.m. each day.

Saturday, a pancake breakfast will be served, including a special breakfast fly-in.

Paul Bunyan Radio Control Flyers will demonstrate their aircraft. Lakeport Fire Department will host an open house and pig roast. Young kids will enjoy games and races and Rock Sober Funtime will engage older kids.

Bingo will be played Saturday night.

Sunday events start in the afternoon with pre-parade entertainment, including a kids money pit, and the "biggest and best ever, no-limit-on-prizes" Laporte Days raffle drawing.

Call 218-224-2516 with questions. Mark your calendars for Aug. 12, 13, and 14 and come join the fun.