Happenings around the Perham area, May 26-June 5

All the latest happenings in the Perham area

A Walleye Fishing Tournament hosted by Minnesota Public Power is set for Saturday, June 4 at Bladow Beach Resort in Otter Tail County. A fish fry will take place Friday, June 3 in conjunction with the event.
A Walleye Fishing Tournament hosted by Minnesota Public Power is set for Saturday, June 4 at Bladow Beach Resort in Otter Tail County. A fish fry will take place Friday, June 3 in conjunction with the event.
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Each submission must include the date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

Saturday, May 28

Ruby's Pantry: St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Perham is hosting a pop-up distribution for Ruby's Pantry from 8-10 a.m. For a $22-per-bundle donation, guests will receive an abundance of groceries. There is no income or residency requirement. Guests will need to bring 2-3 totes or baskets to receive their bundle.

The Fat Cats at 1894: The Fat Cats perform from 7-10 p.m. at Perham's 1894 , for the restaurant's third anniversary. Open to the public.

Thursday, June 2

LREC Annual Meeting: The 85th Annual Meeting of the Lake Region Electric Cooperative will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. at three different locations, Life Church in Fergus Falls, the Frazee Community Center in Frazee, and the Prairie Event Center in Parkers Prairie. There is also a livestreaming option. Learn more by visiting .


Friday, June 3

Perham Wrestling Golf Tournament: A nine-hole, four-person golf scramble will be held at Lakeside Golf Course in Perham, with proceeds to benefit Perham's K-12 wrestling programs. Tee-off is at 5:30 p.m., with registration starting at 4:30. Cost is $60 per golfer. Pre-registration is not required, just show up ready to golf.

Walleye Fish Fry: Minnesota Public Power will host a walleye fish fry in conjunction with its fishing tournament, starting at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at Bladow Beach Resort on Rush Lake in Otter Tail County.

Saturday, June 4

Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department Open House: The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department will host an open house from noon to 2 p.m. at the Ottertail Operations Center, 469 East Main St., Ottertail. There will be demonstrations, displays and exhibits from various divisions of the sheriff's department. Hot dogs and beverages provided free of charge. All are welcome.

Walleye Fishing Tournament: Minnesota Public Power is hosting a Walleye Fishing Tournament from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bladow Beach Resort on Rush Lake in Otter Tail County. Will be held rain or shine, but registration is limited to the first 50 teams signed up. Register online via the Perham Chamber's website (link is in the events calendar), or contact Theresa Neddermeyer, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association, 763-551-1230 or .

Multi-Day and Recurring Events

Call for Artists: The Lake Region Arts Council is accepting art in all mediums from artists living in Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties for an upcoming exhibit. Guest juror Tasha Kubesh will be choosing 15-20 work samples submitted by regional artists for inclusion in this prestigious showing. Deadline to submit is Friday, May 27. For more information contact Lake Region Arts Council at 218-739-5780, email , or visit the website at .

Haitian Dance: The Viking Library System will be presenting a Haitian dance program with COMPAS teaching artists Afoutayi at several area communities in June. The program will be presented at the Fergus Falls Public Library on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.; the New York Mills City Ballroom on Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m.; the Boys and Girls Club of Perham on Thursday, June 9 at 2 p.m.; and the Pelican Rapids Public Library on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. The program is being presented through Legacy funding from the state of Minnesota .

Perham Networking Opportunity: The Nest in Perham will host a one-hour free business networking opportunity on the first Wednesday of every month, starting at 8:15 a.m. Personal introductions, sharing of upcoming events and projects, and a focus presentation. Coffee will be provided by the focus topic presenter.

Tuesday Trivia Night: Billy's Corner Bar & Grill in Vergas will be offering Trivia Night every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Open to the public.


International Turtle Races: Perham offers turtle racing every Wednesday, June through August, at Turtle Race Park (next to the Perham Chamber of Commerce), starting at 10:30 a.m. (registration starts at 10 a.m.). Turtles are provided, or bring your own. Suggested donations of $2 per racer help care for the turtles over the summer months. All ages welcome to participate.

Library Storytimes: The Perham Area Public Library hosts preschool storytime every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. Toddler Storytime with Becky is held periodically on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. Visit or call 218-346-4892 for more information.

Old Time Photographs: Stop by the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, at 230 First Ave. North in Perham, and take a trip down memory lane. The museum would like the public's help identifying old photos. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 218-346-7676 for more information.

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