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Finland hosts Tori Marketplace and Music Fest

A band plays during the 2015 Tori Music Fest and Marketplace. (Photo submitted)1 / 2
Pins are set up for a game of molkky, a Finnish lawn game, at a recent Tori festival. (Photo submitted)2 / 2

The Finland Minnesota Historical Society has been prepping for the annual Tori Marketplace and Music Fest.

The annual "open marketplace" — or tori — will open Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. on the grounds of the Historical Society, 5653 Little Marais Rd. Local artists, merchants and demonstrators will showcase their works in areas such as blacksmithing, fiber arts, basket making, spoon carving and candle making.

"It's a celebration of our local crafters and the local Finnish heritage of the area," organizer Greg Hanson said. "We celebrate Finnish sisu, which is like grit or character."

The Historical Society will be open for tours of all the buildings on the heritage site. The event has games for children, including the free Tori Sisu trail run starting at 10 a.m. The race is open for kids ages 12 and under. Registration opens at 9 a.m. at the Historical Society.

Attendees can also try their hand at molkky, a Finnish lawn game of knocking down pins.

"It's a pretty neat game, though complicated to explain," Hanson said. "It's kind of like bowling, but also not."

The music festival will feature three bands, the Two Harbors Ukulele Group and Coyote and Tom Schramm.

Food and vendor booths will be open. Attendees can try herring burgers, sweet corn, brats, homemade desserts, root beer floats and more.

The festival is free; however, free-will donations will be accepted for on-site parking. Proceeds will go to the Finland Minnesota Historical Society.

The festival will be followed by a pancake breakfast Sunday, Aug. 12, from 8-11 a.m.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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