Something for everyone at Pekin Days

Staff reports

You can plan a full weekend in the Pekin area from June 23-26.  Young and old alike can find an activity to enjoy during the annual Pekin Days event; guests can view The Pekin Iris Patch, North Dakota’s largest hybrid iris gardens that are in full bloom; take a short jaunt to the northwest of Pekin to The Plant Ranch, “home of the 99 cent perennials,’ or sit a spell and listen to the music at the Polka Fest at Stump Lake Park just a few miles north of Pekin.  

The weekend will kick off with the opening of the Pekin Days Art Show on Thursday, June 23. The art show, known as the largest art show and sale in North Dakota, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     

Friday evening, the Peek-In Pub will feature Blaze Driscoll, a hypnotist, in the Beer Garden starting at 8 p.m. follow by the TPR Band. Advance tickets may be purchased at the “Pub” or tickets will be available at the door.

The young and the young at heart will have the opportunity to design a box for a parade during a creative art class on Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24. Their creations will be displayed on Saturday, June 24, during the “Box Parade” at 1 p.m. Cash awards will be given for first, second and third place in three different age groups.

Saturday is a full day of activities. In addition to the “Box Parade” and the Pekin Days Art Show, there will be fine art and craft vendors in the Playground Park, musical entertainment, glassblowing and potter wheel demonstrations, an outdoor exhibition entitled “Animals: Them & Us” will be presented by the North Dakota Museum of the Arts, there will be a horseshoe tournament starting at noon, bingo at 2 p.m., and a beef barbeque from 5-7 p.m.  Evening entertainment, featuring the well-known “Radio Stars Trio,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the community center.

Sunday activities will open with a Pancake Breakfast in the community center from 8-11 a.m. The fine arts and crafts booths will open at 10 a.m. and musical entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. Jon Offutt, a Fargo glassblowing artist, will continue his demonstrations and Guillermo “Memo” Guardia will show you how to “throw a pot” on his potter’s wheel.  The 2011 Pekin Days activities will close at 4 p.m.,

For more information you may visit the Pekin website’s bulletin board at, Nelson County Arts Council’s Facebook page or call Brenda at 701-296-4515 or 296-4410.