Happenings around the Perham area, Sept. 1-11

All the latest happenings in and around perham

People serving ribs under a tent.
The We Are Water Minnesota-Otter Tail County exhibit is open to the public at the Fergus Falls Public Library from now through Oct. 10, 2022. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.
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The Perham Focus accepts community calendar items for publication online and in our Thursday print edition, space permitting. Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either or .

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, September 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 by Todd Sisson 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.

Tuesday, September 6

Perham Sportsman's Club Legacy Raffle: The drawing for the Perham Sportsman's Club Hunting and Conservation Legacy Raffle will take place at 1 p.m. inside Gene's Sports Shop, 150 E. Main St., Perham. Must be 18 or older to purchase tickets or win prizes; need not be present to win. Tickets available at Gene's Sports Shop or from any PSC board member.


Thursday, September 8

Perham Productive Alternatives Opens: The grand opening of Perham Productive Alternatives will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Come tour the new building, learn about the services they provide, and interact with the clientele. Refreshments will be available as well.

Perham Health Relay for Life Tailgate Party: Celebrate the longstanding football rivalry between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers by dressing to support your favorite team and coming out to the parking lot at the Perham Health clinic between 5-7 p.m. to enjoy hot dogs, chili, chips and water or soda. Cost is $10 per plate, with proceeds to support Perham Health's Relay for Life team.

Friday, September 9

Rib Fest: Central Market in Perham will be hosting its annual Rib Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., cooking and selling racks of ribs for $13 each while supplies last.

Honor Flight Food Truck: Come to United Community Bank in Perham between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and enjoy some Wood Fire Pizza, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Honor Flight of Minnesota/North Dakota program. All donations will also be matched by UCB.

Perham Ducks Unlimited Banquet: The Perham-area chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be hosting its annual banquet at the Lakeside Golf course in Perham, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets available online at or by contacting Tony Paul, 218-371-6338, or Doug Harthun, 218-639-7171.

Saturday, September 10

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.

Dreams for Kids Motorcycle Rally: The 17th Annual Dreams for Kids Motorcycle Rally will begin and end at the Woodshed Bar and Grill in Ottertail. Registration starts at 10 a.m., with the ride to start promptly at noon, returning by 6 p.m. for a dinner and both silent and live auctions. The $25 entry fee includes the ride, a day pass to Itasca State Park, dinner and evening entertainment. Proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish Minnesota. For more information contact Wanda, 218-298-2211.

Pig Roast: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 500 6th Ave. SW, Perham, will be hosting a pig roast from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Menu includes pork sandwiches, sides, beverages and bars for dessert. Cost is a free will offering, with proceeds to benefit church ministries.


Juke Box Time Machine: The Cultural Center in New York Mills will host Pat and Donna Surface in their interactive multimedia musical event, "Jukebox Time Machine," in the Center's intimate art gallery space. Journey back in time with Pat and Donna as they remember the jukebox hits through the decades —a multimedia celebration of the timeless artists and songs that topped the charts from the 50s through the 70s. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music beginning at 7:30 and running for approximately 90 minutes. Light refreshments and cash bar available. For ticket information, visit or call 218-385-3999.

Sunday, September 11

4-H District Horse Show: The East Otter Tail Wranglers 4-H Club will host the 4-H Northwest Region District Horse Show at the EOT County Fairgrounds, 455 4th St. SE, Perham, starting at 9 a.m. This is always great practice for the ones heading to state and also a fun end-of-season show for the club.

Multi-Day and Recurring Events

Baby Bin: Come look through the baby bin at Crosspoint Alliance Church, 600 8th St. NE, Perham, on the first Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All WIC participants receive one pack of diapers and wet wipes. Everyone may look through our children's clothing, sizes 0-10.

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.


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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