Party for Paul Bunyan
Akeley hosts 73rd annual festival for famous logger.
A bit of rain didn’t dampen the festive mood in Akeley Saturday morning.
“There are some die-hards,” Sherry Grantham, a member of the Akeley Veteran Community Outreach, said of Paul Bunyan Days fans.
The town held its 73rd annual festival over the weekend, offering food, fun and music for families.
Highlights included a kids’ carnival at Paul’s Patio, a youth fishing contest and grand parade.
Leslie Neppl has helped organize the fishing tourney for the past three years. It’s the first time fishing for some kids, she noted, who must be 12 years old or younger.
“It’s just great fun for everybody,” Neppl said.
This year, 25 youth participated in the contest, casting lines from the Akeley fishing pier on 11th Crow Wing Lake. According to Nepple, the youngest was 2 years old. All kids received a gift bag with lures and candy. Prizes were awarded to the child who caught the biggest fish, smallest fish and most fish. The youngest angler and the one who traveled the farthest also received awards.