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North Star Stampede - Effie, MN
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Events in the Edge of the Wilderness

North Star Stampede: Effie, MN 66th Annual! The full last weekend in July, it runs Friday through Sunday (5 pm on Friday and 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday). The Rodeo and many more events take place over this weekend. 

Arts & Craft Show: Held the first Friday in August. Sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliaries.

Edge of the Wilderness Kid’s Fishing Day: June 17, 2023 8:30am to 12:00pm at the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center in Marcell, MN. Hosted by the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center, US Forest Service, Bigfork Lions Club, and Marcell Family Center. Local guides help with fishing in the morning then on to a shore lunch. Bait casting contest, minnow races, & prizes for all contestants! Call the Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center for more information, 218-832-3161.

Fall Color Tour: September is the time to catch the spectacular fall colors of our area. Travel along Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway (Hwy. 38) or take the Chippewa National Forest Fall Color Tour.

Bargains are Great on Highway 38: 47 miles of Garage Sales! September 16 & 17, 2023. Always the 3rd weekend in September.

Bigfork School: High School Spring Concert in April and Elementary & High School Winter Concert in December. Extracurricular events include Speech Night, Homecoming Events and Winter Fest. Athletic events include Volleyball, Football, Girls and Boys Basketball, Track and Golf.

Marcell Family Center: The Marcell Family Center hosts a variety of community, youth, education, computer, recreation, and special interest programs & events throughout the year. Call: 218-832-3444 for more information.

Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center: The Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center provides a variety of environmental education programs & events throughout the year. The EOWDC also has indoor interpretive displays, an interpretive trail, fishing pier, picnic area, and more. Call: 218-832-3161 for more information.

The Edge Center for the Arts: The Edge Center features a 283-seat theatre with a complete fly loft and orchestra pit. Located adjacent to the Bigfork School, this unique community asset features a wide variety of entertainment events.

Edge Center Gallery: The Edge Center Gallery is in the lobby of The Edge Center for the Arts. This large space provides room for exhibits, which change monthly from March through December. The gallery is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1-4 pm. During the winter months the gallery’s permanent collection will be on display and may be viewed when events are in the theater. Opening receptions are usually on the first Friday of the Exhibit from 5-7 pm. For more information on the Edge Center or Edge Center Gallery, call 218-743-6670 or visit

2023/24 Calendar of Events for Minnesota Family Resorts

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MAY 2023
TBD Treasures are Fine on 6-4 & 29 Rummage Sales (Highway 6, County Rd 4, and County Rd 29)

13 Walleye & Northern Pike Season Opener
13 Stream Trout Summer Season Opener (Lakes) 
27 Bass Season Opener

JUNE 2023
6 Muskie Season Opener

TBD Bigfork Wilderness Days
10-11 MN Take-a-Kid Fishing Weekend

17 Edge of the Wilderness Kid's Fishing Day

JULY 2023

4 Lake Pokegama Fireworks - Grand Rapids

7-9 Deer River Wild Rice Festival
28-30 North Star Stampede, Effie – 66th Year

28-30 Northern Minnesota Swap Meet & Car Show - Grand Rapids


16-20 Itasca County Fair

1 Black Bear Hunting Opener
1 Early Goose Hunting Opener (tentative)

TBD Early Teal Waterfowl

16 Archery Deer Hunting Opener
16 General Small Game Hunting Opener (grouse, rabbit, and squirrel)
16-17 Bargains are Great on Highway 38: 47 Miles of Garage Sales
23-24 Take-a-Kid Hunting Weekend
TBD Waterfowl Hunting Opener

15 Furbearer Opener (mink, muskrat, beaver, otter)

19-22 Youth Deer Season
31 Marcell Family Center Annual Family Halloween Bash

4 Firearms Deer Hunting Opener
25 Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Opener

1 Snowmobile Trails Open (depending on snow conditions)

TBD Winter Lake Trout & Winter Stream Trout in Lakes Opener

TBD Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe Event at Scenic State Park 5 pm to 8 pm


MAY 2024
11 Walleye and Northern Pike Season Opener
27 Bass Season Opener

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