$crazy_local_reference Days in Full Swing

Earl Brown Days Parade 2006 039

I think one of the most facinating instances of hyper-local community is the “$crazy_local_reference Days” celebration. Pretty much every single town, city, suburb and locale in Minnesota has one of these: Tater Daze, Earle Brown Days, Rasberry Days, etc. They are often rooted in how a community used to make money, who founded it, some major event in the past or an overabundance of a particular crop.

Regardless of the origin, these are great little celebrations that include picnics, parades, craft shows, fireworks and otherwise give people an excuse to get out and meet their neighbors.

I attended the Brooklyn Center Earle Brown Days parade a few days ago (runs 3 blocks from my house) and was reminded of these things often get overlooked, but are worth checking out, particularly if you’re new to your current location.

3 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

    I especially like it when the “Days” are “Daze” instead.

  2. Dirk (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

    Color me a puerile frat boy, but I always giggle over “Nickle Dickle Day” in Waconia…

  3. JasonT (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 11:00 am

    Farmington used to have Mountain Dew Days, but a few years ago they changed it to Rambling River Days. If I remember correctly, it was originally called Mountain Dew Days, because PepsiCo sponsored it, after finding out that Farmington, MN, drank more MD per capita than anywhere else.

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