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Nice Weather Brings Thousands to Land of the Loon Festival

Thousands enjoyed the 43rd Annual Land of the Loon Festival Saturday. Thousands enjoyed the 43rd Annual Land of the Loon Festival Saturday.  |  Photo: WDIO

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: June 15, 2019 06:25 PM

Folks in Virginia were having fun at the 43rd Annual Land of the Loon Festival Saturday. The ethnic arts and crafts festival had lots of entertainment for everyone.

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"It’s the atmosphere and you get to see a lot of people you know. I’ve been around for a long time," Robin Seguin, a longtime attendee of the festival, said.

Seguin is a loyal Land of the Loon Festival attendee and said he's been coming to the festival since it started 43 years ago.

"It’s probably the best one in the whole region. They screen it, they get good products, and the food is excellent,” Seguin said.

Hosted by Iron Range volunteers, the festival is focused on celebrating ethnic arts and crafts, showing the diverse culture of all those who settled in northeastern Minnesota.

"They have all the cool soaps that’s handmade and carvings," Rachel Andrews, an attendee, said.

"It’s homemade arts and crafts. Anything you can think of that’s homemade, it’s not by sell at all," Luke Chopp, a Land of the Loon Festival coordinator, said.

Wanda Schmidt has been selling her women's clothing at the Land of the Loon Festival for over 30 years and looks forward to it every year.

"My clothing I buy them all blank and they're all each hand painted individually by me and my thing is I love to shade,” Schmidt said.

The countless craft and food vendors is the reason why thousands come out the Land of the Loon Festival every year. The event has experienced rainy weather in the past but this year was nice and sunny.

"Seeing all of the people that come out from all different areas of the range and we get to come and try different foods. They always have something new each year so it gives you something to look forward to,” Jessica Berglund, an attendee, said.

The family-friendly event has lots of entertainment and music from local performers as well. A parade in downtown Virginia kicked off the festivities. 

"It’s an excellent show. It’s well run. The people who are doing the promoting really make it comfortable to come to and easy to do," Schmidt said.

Lots of effort goes into putting together the volunteer driven festival.

"I think it’s nice that it’s all done by volunteers that donate their time to set this up,” Berglund said.

For those who weren't able to enjoy the festival Saturday, the festival will be back on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Alejandra Palacios

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