This weekend’s Agate Days in Moose Lake offers lots of family fun … and a stampede on Saturday

It’s the ultimate game of Finders Keepers, during this weekend’s 42nd annual Agate Days in Moose Lake. The cannon for the annual agate stampede will sound at 2 p.m. Hidden in four tons of gravel, some 350 pounds of agates also can be found spread over Moose Lake’s Elm Street, hidden along with 1,200 quarters.
Veterans of the stampede say a first-timer might want to wear a helmet; it is a “stampede,” after all. Other recommended stampede gear includes a bag (for your goodies) and a spray bottle filled with water, which makes it easier to see if any sparkle can be found under dirt-encrusted rocks.
In spite of probably losing one of its venues – Moose Lake State Park, which is closed pending a resolution of the state budget – this weekend’s Moose Lake’s Agate Days event looks as promising as ever.
While most of the events set for Saturday and Sunday revolve around Minnesota’s official state gemstone, not all of them do. There will be food for purchase, art in the park, an antique car show and, of course, a two-day gem and mineral show, in addition to the centerpiece event, the agate stampede.
A schedule of events follows:
Saturday, July 16
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Moose Lake City Park Pavilion
Gem and Mineral Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Moose Lake High School
Art in the Park Gem and Mineral Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Moose Lake City Park
Agate and gem slide presentation from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Moose Lake Community Center
Clark-Olsen Agate Stampede at 2 p.m. on Elm Avenue
Firemen’s Steak Fry at 4 p.m. until gone at the Moose Lake Fire Hall
Sunday, July 17
Gem and Mineral Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Moose Lake High School
Antique Car Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Moose Lake City Park

Note: If the state budget impasse is resolved, there will be an open house at the agate and geological interpretive center at Moose Lake State Park both days.

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One Response to This weekend’s Agate Days in Moose Lake offers lots of family fun … and a stampede on Saturday

  1. JuLeen Peek says:

    I am very interested in finding my own agates and wish to know places that it is possible to rockhound and hunt on my own. I am just starting in rockhounding and am planning to visit your agate days this year. If it would be possible to send me directions to these places. I will be traveling with my elderly mother who is also interest in picking rocks. Thank you.

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