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Plans for the 2012 Lady Slipper Celebration are coming together

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Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

There will be a full weekend of activities June 23-24. Events will be centered around Blackduck on Saturday and Norway Beach Visitors Center near Cass Lake on Sunday. On both days, you will be able to view student art entries for the 2012 festival poster contest and and enter a drawing for a lady's slipper plant (at 4 p.m.) if you can be present to win.

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From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, activities will be anchored in the Blackduck Wayside Rest with live music, food, children's activities and ecological vendors. Area artists will also be stationed throughout Blackduck for "Art Around Town."

Noted watercolor artist Jane Freeman will be on hand to present and demonstrate her techniques -- two sessions at Good Samaritan Community Room. Freeman recently completed a lady's slipper painting to feature at the event.

While in town, be sure and check out the Blackduck Garden Club's floral plantings and top off your walk with ice cream sundaes and floats at the senior center.

Once again, there will be guided bus tours of Showy Lady's Slippers with a walking tour of Camp Rabideau.

New this year will be Classic Cars on display by Blackduck Family Foods. Reminisce about driving along the byway in earlier years!

On Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., travel to Norway Beach at the south end of the byway and enjoy a walleye and wild rice lunch by the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Reservations are required.

Award-winning nature photographer Joe Rossi will discuss his work in "Minnesota's Hidden Alphabet."

Plant Ecologist George-Ann Maxson will present "Roadside Gems," an introduction to Minnesota orchids and an overview of the projects underway on the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway.

There will be one bus tour of the southern byway, a children's art activity and a wildflower hike.

The grand finale will be a dancing and drum demonstration by the Bug O Nay Ge Shig School.

See www.ladyslipperscenicbyway.org and click on "festival" for the latest and more detailed information.

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