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where all generations celebrate arts, culture, recreation, wellness, and life-long learning”

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Ethnic Food Fest

Ethnic Food Festival


Friday, March 27

5:30 to 7:00 pm

Tickets $2.00 each
Wine, beer, pop water also on sale

Come enjoy a sampling of the following foods:

  • Native American wild rice & cranberries
  • Meatballs, lefse & waffles with lingonberries from Norway
  • Italian penne pasta with Bolognese sauce
  • Raw American food
  • Irish bacon soup
  • Vietnamese egg rolls & fried rice
  • Chicken curry from Thailand
  • Polish pierogies
  • Mexican bunuelos
  • Tabbouleh from the Middle East
  • Middle Eastern hummus with pita chips & falafel with cucumber sauce
  • Great desserts including krumkake, speculas, paczki, pulla bread, apfelkuchen sehr fein and more!

City Beach” on Rainy Lake, Minnesota
(Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day)

Location:  “City Beach”, 9.5 acres located on Rainy Lake, near International Falls, Minnesota.  International Falls is located on the U.S. and Canadian border, across from Fort Frances, Ontario.    Beach faces north to Fort Frances, Ontario.  Rainy Lake is the 60th largest fresh water lake in the world and is the northern gateway to Voyageurs National Park.  Rainy Lake is a popular four season destination.  Summer offers great opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating, paddling, sightseeing, lakeside dining, arts/culture programs at Backus Community Center, and naturalist guided activities in the national park.  Our camp hosts have traditionally taken full advantage of all the area offers. To learn more about our vacation destination, go to:  www.rainylake.org.
Beach Amenities: Sand beach, toddler swim area with slide, swim platform/slide out deep, basketball/volleyball courts, picnic pavilion, bathhouse, six tent camping sites, small playground.  Lifeguards on duty daily, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Camp Host Responsibilities:  International Falls public works crews mow the lawn and empty trash receptacles.  Host duties include, daily freshening of bathhouse, greet campers and secure payment for tent sites and firewood, water flowers, open/lock gates, communicate with City Hall staff regarding reservations for tent sites and pavilion and estimate visitor counts daily.   Twice per week, use the provided ATV and bed spring to comb beach. 
Camp hosts must complete a formal application and authorize background checks.
City Provides:  RV pad, water, sewer, electricity – a great view and opportunity to enjoy one of North America’s greatest vacation destinations.  We also understand there may be times when hosts need to leave town for special events, occasions or emergencies.  In these cases, City Beach each committee members will occupy one of the tent sites and remain on the property until the hosts return.
We are also interested in hearing from hosts who prefer to host only part of the summer.
Interested?  Please contact the Economic Development Authority:
Shawn Mason, Director Office:  218-283-7996 | Cell:  218-341-6809


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