Happenings around the Perham area, June 30-July 10

All the latest happenings in the Perham area

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The New York Mills Fish House Festival will be hosted by the NYM Regional Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2022, in conjunction with the community's Summer Celebration and Lund Mania Fishing Tournament.
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Friday, July 1

Beats and Brews Music Bingo: Perham's Disgruntled Brewing will host a fun evening of music-themed bingo from 7 to 10 p.m. Participants listen to the music and play along on their bingo cards, trying to correctly cross off five corresponding music artists, or four corners to win great prizes. Free to play; kids and pets welcome.

Live Music: Country singer-songwriter Aaron Simmons performs live at Perham's Big Pine Lodg e, starting at 8 p.m. Open to the public.

Sunday, July 3

Big Pine Lake Boat Parade: The residents of Big Pine Lake will host an Independence Day Boat Parade, with a red, white and blue theme. All those wishing to participate should meet at Mills Bay at 10:30 a.m. to receive their number and line up behind the yellow wakeboard boat; the parade to Big Pine Lodge starts at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated boats once judging is complete.


Tuesday, July 5

Live Music: Country singer-songwriter Zach Thomas performs live at Brew Ales & Eats in Perham, starting at 7 p.m. Open to the public.

Friday, July 8

NYM Fish House Festival and Summer Celebration: New York Mills' 8th Annual Fish House Festival gets underway at 10 a.m., with artists painting on the street. There will also be family activities on Main Avenue, starting at noon; youth decoy painting starting at 1 p.m.; Boatville Drags at 4:30 p.m.; Lund Mania Fishing Tournament results announcement at 5:30 p.m.; a raffle and live auction at 6:30 p.m.; and a parade at 7 p.m., followed by a street dance. For more information, call the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit the Center's website at . 

Relay for Life: The Otter Tail County Relay for Life will be held at the Perham High School track, starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, with the Opening Ceremonies and Survivors' Lap at 7 p.m. There will also be a luminaria ceremony at 9:15 p.m. Throughout the night, the track will be lined with fundraising tents manned by Relay teams, along with plenty of food and fun, from grilled pizza to a baked potato bar, ice cream, a silent auction, games, bounce house, raffles and more, all to help raise money for funding cancer research, treatment, prevention, patient services and programs through the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, July 9

EOT Wranglers Open Fun Show: The East Otter Tail Wranglers 4-H Club will host an open, fun horse show starting at 9 a.m. at the EOT County Fairgrounds at 455 4th St. SE, Perham. A 2022 negative Coggins test is required for any horse brought to the show and no dogs are allowed. Registration for each event closes one event prior to the next event's start.

Live Music: Alex the Traveler performs live at Perham's Disgruntled Brewing , starting at 4 p.m. Open to the public.

Multi-Day and Recurring Events

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.

Mah Jongg at Calvary Lutheran: Men and women are welcome and play Mah Jongg at Perham's Calvary Lutheran Church on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the library. No prior experience necessary, as experienced players will teach the game to newcomers.

Adult Regional Art Show: The Cultural Center in New York Mills will be hosting an adult regional art show through July 2. The show will feature artists throughout the region exhibiting their best 2D and 3D artwork, with the theme "When the Work is Done." Open to the public. For more information, contact the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or .


Sit-n-Stitch: A weekly gathering of fiber artists will be held every Thursday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. Free and open to all.Progressive Bingo: Every Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., Thumper Pond, Ottertail.

Glendalough Scavenger Hunt: Beginning June 1, visitors to Glendalough State Park can add some extra fun to their summer experiences with an educational scavenger hunt launched by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota. This scavenger hunt is tailored to Glendalough, highlighting 19 different types of birds, mammals, wildflowers, trees and recreational activities that can be found there. The hunts are designed for all ages, but with a special attention to parents of young children. Visit Parks & Trails Council's website at to access the hunt or look for a flyer in the park for more details the next time you visit.

Summer Museum Activities: STEAM into Summer with NASA–approved activities at the Otter Tail County Museum in Fergus Falls, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum received an Earth and Space grant from the National Informal Science Education Network, which enables them to offer STEAM and STEM activities in both English and Spanish versions. The grant provides hands-on activities and games for the whole family, covering topics such as Asteroid Mining, Nebula Spin Art, Orbiting Objects and Space Guess Quest. All activities are free. The Otter Tail County Museum is located at 1110 Lincoln Ave. West in Fergus Falls. For more information call 218-736-6038 or email .

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.

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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