2nd Annual Bluegrass, Beef, and Corn Festival

The Depot is happy to announce that the Halvorson Family Band from Mankato, MN will be appearing on stage at this years 2nd annual Bluegrass, Beef & Corn Festival August 6, 4:00 – 9:00. The music starts at 4:00 p.m. with the meal being served up by Chef Mark Forsberg & Co. at 5:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss this great event!

The Halvorson family attended their first bluegrass festival in 2006 and was immediately hooked. At the last minute the boys and their dad decided to enter a talent show. They won an opportunity to return the following year for a full set, and they’ve been performing ever since. The oldest, Daniel, sings and plays fiddle, mandolin, dobro and guitar. John sings and plays bass, banjo and guitar. Madeline sings and plays fiddle. Their dad, Loren, sings and plays guitar and banjo.

The family is happy to be joined by Kiley Ellingson who sings and plays bass, guitar, and mandolin. Kiley, along with Daniel and John, played in the band Barton’s Hollow. The Halvorson Family Band has performed at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival, Winter Bluegrass Weekend, Milaca RecFest, Butterfield Threshing Bee, and other festivals and events around their home in Mankato, Minnesota. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HalvorsonFamily

Be sure to visit the Historic Baudette Depot while enjoying all the music and food! This Depot is the sole survivor of five Depots in the Lake of the Woods County. Pitt, Graceton, Cedar Spur and Williams have long disappeared from their original sites. The Depot is the last from it’s time period that still exists today in the country. Built in 1923, it replaced two earlier Depots, 1901 and 1908, both lost to fire.

The CN abandoned the Depot in the mid 1980’s. In 1997 it was purchased from the Canadian National Railway for a dollar by the Depot Preservation Alliance. In 2005 it was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The rest is history!

Renovations were completed in 2011 with the last exhibit being installed in May 2015! Enjoy all the exhibits showing means of travel to the area in the early and later years not only by rail but by water, automobile and airplane. Go to www.baudettedepot.orgfor more information on the Depot and this fun family event!

Also taking place earlier that day is the Farmer’s Market and Crazy Days with the downtown businesses all day! Finish your day at the Depot listening to some great foot stomping music and terrific smoked roast beef, all the corn you can eat, coleslaw, buns, beverages and watermelon for desert with a free will offering! 

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