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Pequot Lakes will kick off Bean Hole Days with a community picnic Tuesday, July 10, at Trailside Park, where the Business, Citizen and Volunteers of the Year will be honored.

The Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Business of the Year this year, and Merritt Jewelers won the award. Citizen of the Year, sponsored by the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, was announced earlier this year as Renee Anderson, of Pequot Lakes, and Community Action of Pequot Lakes sponsors the Volunteers of the Year.

All will be announced and honored at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Bean Hole Days will run Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9-10. The huge cast iron kettles of beans - Thor, Big Bertha, Ole, Sven, Lena and Baby Olga - will be buried Tuesday, July 10, so they can cook overnight and be served free of charge at noon Wednesday, July 11.

The event celebrates 80 years this year. Since 1938, this tradition has brought thousands together as they share a free lunch of baked beans, dinner roll and beverage. Buy a 2018 bean mug for $10 or bring a mug from past years to enter the "fast pass for gas" line.

The fun begins with the Paddle Hunt. The first clue will be released at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 10. The celebration will culminate Wednesday, July 11, with the raising of the beans, a Queen and King Bean coronation, an arts and crafts fair, food market, children's games and, of course, lunch.

Following is a schedule of events:

Tuesday, July 10

5-8 p.m.: Community picnic with bungee, trampoline and games. Stroll through the park and meet local community nonprofit and youth organizations.

5:30 p.m.: Burying of the beans ceremony.

6 p.m.: Awards presentations - Volunteers of the Year, Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year.

6-8 p.m.: Free root beer, sponsored by Community Action.

Wednesday, July 11

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Crafter show and live music.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Dunk tank.

11:15 a.m.: Coronation ceremony for Prince and Princess Jelly Bean, and Queen and King Bean.

Noon: Serving of the beans, dinner roll and beverage, all for free.

12:30-2:20 p.m.: "Memories of Elvis Show," by Chris Olson.

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