Minnesota may be the land of 10,000 lakes…but there is more to Minnesota than just lakes! For instance, Minnesota is the birth place of SPAM, America’s famous canned meat. In fact Austin, Minnesota, home of the Hormel plant that makes SPAM, holds an annual SPAMJAM Festival. The city has also built a SPAM museum that is dedicated to the history of this American original.
Being one of the most northerly states in the U.S. it is only natural that winter festivals would be among the other exciting events held in Minnesota. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival has been held during the months of January and February since 1885. The carnival includes among other events, a 5-K run, parade, the crowning of royalty and the unveiling of the yearly ice castle. The Voyageur Winter Festival is another wintertime favorite of Minnesota visitors and citizens alike. This February event includes a snow sculpture contest, Frozen Film Festival, a downtown merchant’s artwalk and much, much more.
Other non-winter Minnesota festivals include the Laura Ingalls Wilder Festival, held every July in Walnut Grove, Minnesota; and the Fringe Festival, which is an outrageous “Arts” event spotlighting theater, music, puppetry and more. This festival is held each August in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Professional shoppers from every corner of the world flock to Bloomington, Minnesota each year. That’s because Bloomington is the home of the Mall of America! This mega shopping facility is home to more than 500 stores, theaters, restaurants, nightclubs and even a roller coaster.
There is a lot of outdoor fun to be found in Minnesota too. Being the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” means the fishing is fantastic year-round! Ice fishing, lake trolling or even fly-fishing from the shore, you’re sure to catch dinner every time. With winter being the most prominent season, snow skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are at their finest in Minnesota.
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