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Hiking Fest set for Saturday at Itasca

The North Country Trail Association and Itasca State Park will host a family-friendly event called North Country Hiking Fest at Itasca State Park on Saturday, August 24th.

The 8th Annual North Country Hiking Fest event features a variety of free activities, including guided hikes, on your own hikes, kid’s activities, door prizes, and an evening concert by Fran Gack.  The event will kick off at 10:00am with Morning Natural Activities at the Headwaters and Douglas Lodge. At 12:00 – 12:45 there will be a North Country Trail welcome at the Jacob Brower Visitors’ Center Classroom, and the guided hikes including shuttles will organize from 12:45 to 1:00.

During the afternoon there will be a variety of hikes and activities originating at the Picnic Shelter at 2:00 and Forest Inn at 4:00. 4:30 – 5:30 will be a social time at the Picnic Shelter with trail mix and drinks available. From 5:30 – 6:30 pm, a cookout dinner will be available for purchase at the Picnic Shelter. Menu: Bison Burger and/or Garden Sandwich with a Fruit Tray, Vegetable Tray and Chips.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own blanket or lawn chairs as seating will be limited.  Finally, to wrap up the day, Fran Gack will entertain at the Amphitheater from 6:30 until 8pm.

Complete event guides with schedules, event locations, and maps are available on the Laurentian Lakes chapter website ( and they will also be available the day of the event at the event info station within the Jacob Brower Visitors Center.  North Country Hiking Fest will be held rain or shine but the schedule and location of events may change depending upon the weather. For more information, contact Matt Davis of the NCTA at (701) 388-1883 or via email at or Itasca at (218) 699-7251 or via email at