Happenings around the Perham area, Aug. 25-Sept. 4

All the latest happenings in and around perham

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Country star Gary Allan will headline the Parking Lot Party at the Otter in Perham on Saturday, Sept. 3, starting at 6 p.m.
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Thursday, August 25

Feather Pillow Cleaning: Carlson’s Pillow Cleaning Service will be at the Perham United Methodist Church (223 4th Ave. SE) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feather pillows are cleaned, deodorized, sanitized, fluffed and covered with new fabric ticking; same day service, while you wait. Custom-made, new pillows and comforters also for sale, with proceeds going to the Perham United Methodist Women.

Movie Night Fundraiser: The Perham Lions and Productive Alternatives-Perham 180 invite the community to enjoy a free outdoor screening of the movie "The Bad Guys" on the lawn of St. Paul's Church at 8 p.m. Concessions will include free popcorn from KLN along with root beer floats, cheese curds and water for purchase. Bring a blanket or chair for seating.

Meet the Candidates: Come meet your conservative candidates for Otter Tail County Commissioner, Brad Sunde of District 3 and Jeff Gontarek of District 2, at the new large meeting room inside the Perham Pizza Ranch. Meal at approximately 5 p.m., meeting from 6:30 to 7:30.


Friday, August 26

William Kent Krueger Book Signing: New York Times best selling and Minnesota based author, William Kent Krueger, will be at Perham's Willow Bookstore from 1 to 2 p.m. for a book signing event, as part of a tour to promote his latest novel, "Fox Creek," which will be released Aug. 23.

Clay Nagel Golf Tournament: The 8th Annual Clay Nagel Wrestling Golf Tournament is coming to Perham's Lakeside Golf Course, starting at 11:30 a.m. with registration and lunch. Shotgun start at 1 p.m., with awards to follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. Proceeds support Cobber Wrestling. Contact Quincy Osborn at or 218-299-4433 for more information.

Saturday, August 27

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.

Family Fun Day and Golf Tournament: The 5th Annual "Chip in for Children" Family Fun Day and Golf Tournament will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Butler Barnyard Country Course, 54621 500th St., New York Mills. Event includes lunch, refreshments and fun activities for kids including an inflatable slide, corn pit, barrel train rides, minnow races and yard games. Golf tournament is a four-person scramble with a $100 per team participation fee. For tee time, call Paul at 218-298-1190.

Saturday, Sept. 3

Sidewalk Sales and Live Music: Come to downtown Perham starting at 8 a.m. for sidewalk sales and inside deals all over town, live music on main street and more.

Parking Lot Party: The Otter Bar and Restaurant in Perham will host its annual Parking Lot Party starting at 6 p.m., featuring music by country star Gary Allan . inside service shuts down at 8 p.m., but the fun continues outside with bar and restaurant service on the patio until midnight. For ages 21 and up. Visit for more information.

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.


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.

Quilting: The Calvary Cut-Ups quilting group meets from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham. Questions? Contact Brenda Halvorson at 320-493-0802.

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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