The residents of the Northwest Angle would like to invite you to attend Angle Days, “the Top of the Nation’s Summer Celebration.” This small community, called simply “The Angle” by locals, now has a new northernmost icon and this year Angle Days will focus in part on celebrating the new icon’s designation.
It’s the fifth annual Angle Days, as well as the 32nd annual Chili Cookoff and Blueberry Dessert Challenge. In addition to those two mainstays, the variety of events throughout the weekend are sure to heat up the fun that first weekend in August.
New this year is a creative competition called “DIY Icon.” Leading up to the event, participants will build their own northernmost icon and place them around The Angle with the subtle goal of bringing grassroots attention to the official icon located at the end of Young’s Bay Drive. The “northernmost pile of painted tires” has already appeared, and others with a humorous slant are popping up here and there.
The Angle is small-town Minnesota at its extreme and because of its location and border-crossing commute, the lifestyle is both unique and challenging. Angle Days is comprised of events that celebrate those facets.
Events take place all over The Angle throughout the course of the weekend; even some of the island resorts get involved. Angle Inn Lodge is offering Blueberry Dessert as part of their Fried Chicken Buffet. The Walleyeball Tournament is at Angle Outpost, and elsewhere around the mainland, the Fun Run, Golf Cart Obstacle Course and the Lawn Mower Races all highlight family-fun and the resort-based economy.
The Casting Competition and the High Noon Shoot Out clay pigeon tournament point to the universal love of the outdoors. The Edge Riders snowmobile club Fish Fry fundraiser gives us all a taste of fresh walleye for a good cause. Hammerschlagen celebrates the builder, and Trash to Treasure celebrates the resourcefulness and ingenuity it takes to live in this remote place. This year’s theme is “Cabin at the Lake”; participants build a treasure from primarily recycled material and compete in three categories: Most Unique, Most Beautiful, and Most Functional. There is also a prize for Kids’ Best in Show. This particular event gets more competitive each year; many of the entries are incredibly creative.
Artists, craft vendors and flea market sellers are welcome too. Angle Days attracts a varied collection of folk (including kids) selling their wares. As you taste the chili entries, sip on gourmet lemonade, sample blueberry desserts, and listen to good-time tunes, you can also see what the local artists are creating and what the home-based business folk are selling.
The KnightLighters are again providing the live music on Saturday night; they’re a local band with members hailing from Baudette, Warroad and The Angle. They play old and new country, old rock and a lot of partner-dancing favorites. After the main events at Jerry’s on Saturday night, stick around to enjoy the outdoor dance floor and fireworks.
Sunday morning, Jerry’s will host a donation-based community breakfast with proceeds going towards a new community tent and the winter ice road.
Join the celebration at The Angle this August 4-6.