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Chokecherry festival set for Pequot Saturday

PEQUOT LAKES — The Pequot Lakes community will celebrate its annual Chokecherry Festival on Saturday.

The American Legion in Pequot Lakes will serve French toast with chokecherry syrup to get visitors going starting at 6 a.m. Saturday. At 8 a.m. at the Trailside Park, the fourth annual race to celebrate the life of Dru Sjodin, The Purple Elephant Run/Walk, will begin. The walk creates awareness of violence against women and children while promoting a healthy lifestyle. 

The Art and Craft fair begins at 9 a.m. with artisans to satisfy the most prudent shopper. Food vendors will be available to take care of that hunger craving at any time throughout the day including the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club’s almost famous shish-ka-Bobbers. Visitors can buy their very own chokecherry t-shirts to commemorate the event. 

There will be a variety of activities for participants and spectators alike — a culinary contest starting at 10 a.m., a Bocce Ball tournament sponsored by Timberjack’s Smokehouse and a dedicated children’s arcade area with all kinds of games from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pit Spitting Contest at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., a back seat driver game from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and much more For up-to-date information, please visit

The Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions Club wants to celebrate the fact that this area harvests hundreds of pounds of chokecherries every year.