Spirit in the Valley!

Every state boasts about their festivals and special events.  This time of the year travelers have a wide variety from which they can select.  Some feature certain foods, like the cherry festival in Traverse City, Michigan.  Many focus on flowers, as the Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, Washington.  But my favorite festival has to be the week of Spirit Valley Days in West Duluth, Minnesota.  After crowning Miss West Duluth, and the day after a huge parade, they close off the streets between several watering holes on Friday night for a huge two-stage/multiple band streetdance.  That’s when the fun really takes place.

If you’ve never taken part in a streetdance, you don’t know what you’re missing!  This particular one involves a regional band called Hairball.  It is quite an eclectic sound.  They have multiple lead singers who dress up as a bunch of characters from the 80’s and 90’s.  From AC/DC and Ozzy Osbourne to Prince and Twisted Sister, these guys do not disappoint!  And the best part (as if this wasn’t enough) is the participants who dress up.  You’re sure to see fans of the bands sporting ripped jeans, maybe some flannels, and of course big 80’s hair!

If you’re traveling around during festival season I strongly suggest you do some research.  Find out what’s going on at your destination or in nearby cities.  You never know who you’ll run into at these great venues, and you can’t beat a party in the fresh air.  Now, were did I put my Madonna outfit…



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