The Manitou Days planning committee has been carefully watching the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, and have decided to postpone events until later this summer. All events will modify or downsize activities, or be held virtually, to support safe social gathering. Event chair Dale Grambush noted, “The events have a long tradition in our community, so we are looking for fun and creative ways to run events that safely engage our community.”
Plans for the Grande Parade, Medallion Hunt, Community Garage Sale, the Children’s Fishing Contest, and more are still underway. A smaller Marketfest with live music on two stages, the car show and local vendors will run for four Thursdays from July 30 - August 20. The White Bear Lake Fireworks committee is reviewing different options for dates and will announce their plan soon. Unfortunately, other popular events such as the Beach Dance and Boat Show have been canceled for this year.
If you would like to host an official Manitou Days event, complete the Event Application Form by June 15. Because there is so much uncertainty around what will happen this summer, all events should take in to consideration and make accommodations for social distancing and safe practices at their events. A complete list of events will be available in early July.
The Button Contest will continue to accept design submissions from students grades K-6 through June 1. Prizes will be awarded for the top three designs, and the winner’s design will be featured in the White Bear Press, on Manitou Days promotions, and volunteer t-shirts.
Manitou Days is still seeking Sponsors to help fund the events, as well as donations of items that can be used for prizes. Visit explorewhitebear.org and subscribe to the Explore White Bear newsletter to receive updates on the events and other happenings in the White Bear area.