The Manitou Days planning committee has been working since February to plan a family-friendly festival that celebrates our community, while complying with guidelines in Minnesota's Stay Safe Plan.
As the committee has joked for months, "It will be different". We still have a few returning favorites, including the Medallion Hunt and Yoga on the Beach. Many events are outdoors, such as Movie in the Park, the Strive Scholarship Taco John's Run and Tennis Day. This year's Community Garage Sale will be progressive with sales happening around the community.
This year's theme is Roaring Bears, with a nod to the Roaring 20's. Check out the Virtual Historic Pub Crawl and White Bear's Notorious Gangsters Virtual Program to learn more about this time period in White Bear's history.
We are sad that some of our most beloved events were inevitably canceled (sometimes after countless hours of work) when we were unable to find a safe and approved way forward - including Marketfest, the Grand Parade, the Beach Dance with Lamont Cranston, the Classic & Vintage Boat Show, the Children's Fishing Contest, and many more. We look forward to them returning next year, and know we will appreciate them even more!
But all of the remaining events have been carefully planned to promote safe gathering and social distancing. We are thankful for all of the wonderful volunteers who met via Zoom almost every week to plan, and then replan, a festival that supports our local organizations and businesses while helping our community thrive.