Happenings around the Perham area, Sept. 29-Oct. 9

All the latest happenings in and around perham

A hay wagon, pulled by a tractor, drives down Perham's Main Street during Oktoberfest. This year's celebration is set for Oct. 7-8.
Elizabeth Vierkant / Perham Focus
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Thursday, September 29

Brewing For a Cure: Disgruntled Brewing and EOT Relay For Life are joining forces to host "Brewing for a Cure" at the Disgruntled tap room, 735 2nd St., Perham, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets include one pint of the special release brew Kourageous Kathy (honoring Kathy Bickell), a meal from Baby's Bagels food truck, and live music from Sam Babler and Katie Baker (5:45-7:45 p.m.). There will also be a raffle, with proceeds benefiting cancer research and treatment.

Saturday, October 1

Lakes Area Coffee Crawl: The 2nd Annual Lakes Area Coffee Crawl takes place between 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with five stops between Hawley and Perham including Fill Thy Cup in Hawley, Ella Marie's Cafe and Collectibles in Lake Park, Roasted and La Barista in Detroit Lakes, and Gathering Grounds in Perham. With purchasing a $25 ticket you will receive a customized coffee mug along with a road map to each of the destinations. At each destination your cup will be filled with a fall themed coffee. Tickets available at .

Frazee Fall Extravaganza: A fall-themed craft and vendor show takes place at the Frazee Event Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., followed by a "Christmas in October" open house at Forest Edge Gallery, 4-7 p.m., with live music, fire pits, concessions and horse-drawn wagon rides. Open to the public.


Vergas Hairyman Festival: The Vergas community will host its "Hairyman Festival," including an ATV trail ride, scavenger hunt, kids games, trap shooting and wood burning demonstrations, axe throwing, a live performance by the band Whiskey Business, farmers market, bean bag tourney, beer pong, food and beverage trucks and so much more. Festival hours are 12 to 7 p.m.; full schedule available online at

Glen Campbell Tribute: The Perham Center for the Arts will host "Wichita Lineman: A Tribute to Glen Campbell," starring Carl Acuff, Jr., at 7 p.m. in the old Perham High School Auditorium, 200 5th St. SE. Tickets are available at the Perham Chamber office and P.S. I Love You Boutique in Perham. You can also reserve your seats by calling 218-346-2787 and leaving a message.

St. Henry's Gala: The Friends of St. Henry's Area School are hosting a fundraising gala at the Perham Lakeside Event Center, 320 17th St. NW, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets available at the St. Henry's parish and school offices, or by sending an email to . For ages 21 and up.

Sunday, October 2

Tamarac Sunday Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "The Serengeti Rules," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. All are welcome. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

Thursday, October 6

Coats for Kids Distribution: Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham will host a Coats for Kids distribution event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena Counties.

Saturday, October 8

Christmas in October: Forest Edge Gallery, located between Frazee and Vergas, will host a Christmas in October event from 4 to 7 p.m., with indoor and outdoor shopping, prize drawings, live music on the patio, assorted treats and refreshments, fire pits and horse-drawn wagon rides. Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spaghetti Supper: Richville United Methodist Church will host a spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m., with spaghetti and meatballs, root beer floats, and live music. Admission is a free will offering; proceeds will go to support Feed My Starving Children and new flooring for the church classrooms.

Sunday, October 9

Tamarac Sunday Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "Leave it to Beavers," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. All are welcome. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .


Multi-Day and Recurring Events

Perham Potato Field Days: Come one, come all for free potatoes from R.D. Offutt Farms. The R.D. Offutt Perham farm team is inviting fellow neighbors and members of the community to an “all-you-can-dig party,” at the upcoming Potato Field Days, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. From sunrise till sunset, those interested can bring potato forks and buckets to an RDO field and dig to their heart’s content. The field is near the Perham Airport (45481 425th Ave.) and will be marked with signs and flags. More information can be found about R.D. Offutt Farms and Potato Field Days at .

Janu's Pumpkin Patch: The fun starts this weekend at Janu's Pumpkin Patch, 50617 404th Ave, Frazee, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9. Come on out and pick some pumpkins for the whole family!

Perham Octoberfest: Perham will celebrate Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8. There will be a chili and bake sale fundraiser to kick off the festival from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and a brewery beer tasting fundraiser hosted by the Perham Rotary from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Other events include face painting, family-friendly games, fire pits, music, a pumpkin carving contest, downtown food trucks and street fair (Saturday only), hayrides and more. Full schedule available on the Perham Events Facebook page .

Poetry Walk at Green Island: This month, the Poetry Walk at Green Island in Wadena includes poems by Mike Tauber, who grew up, lives, and works in the Pineland Sands/Headwaters area of Minnesota. Much of his life is centered around displaying the value of local, natural ecological systems, and the wisdom of functioning within, preserving, and propagating these systems and their components back downstream. Green Island is located at 850 Scheer Drive, Wadena. It is open daily to the public, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

We Are Water: The We Are Water Minnesota-Otter Tail County interactive exhibit will be showcased at the Fergus Falls Public Library through Oct. 10. The exhibit is free to the public and is open during library hours. Visitors are encouraged to browse through the exhibit at their leisure to listen to stories, perform a puppet show, read inspirational messages from locals and have fun exploring the many interactive displays.

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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