The Harriet Alexander Nature Center is pleased to announce its 15th Annual Wild Rice Festival on Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10am-6pm. This family-friendly celebration of wild rice, the Minnesota harvest season, and Native American cultures is an all-day event presented with the assistance of event partners Prairie Island Indian Community, Northland Visions, the Pow Wow Grounds Cafe, and Gibbs Farm. The Festival is held free of admission charge, thanks to generous sponsorships from Half Price Books, Great Southern Bank, Skyline Electric and Festival devotee, Ken Malmstedt. All aspects of the festival will take place on the grounds of the nature center at 2520 N. Dale Street, Roseville, Minnesota.
Free entertainment, exhibits and activities run from 10am-4pm. In honor of our 15th year, we’ve extended the hours of the Festival in order to present a special performance of the critically acclaimed local Native American blues band, Bluedog. Playing from 4:30-6pm, their music is “influenced by life experiences of Native people. . . [and] celebrates life, the good and bad.” Food concessions will be available all day, from 10am-6pm: Pow Wow Grounds, Finer Meats & Eats, KCM Eggrolls, Kettle Mania Kettle Corn and 9 Yum Yum (frozen novelties).
A major goal of the festival is to provide education to the Roseville area community about local Native American cultures and traditions. Presentations include the Little Thunderbirds Drum & Dance Troupe and music, stories and more by flute make, Jeff Chapman and Friends. You can watch demonstrations of traditional wild rice harvesting methods, and wild rice cooking by Native Food Perspectives. In addition, Gibbs Farm will share stories of Dakota life in their replica tipi. The festival features hands-on seasonal harvest activities like honey extraction and apple cider. Plus, there are many activities just for kids including crafts projects and Village Games.
More information about the Wild Rice Festival, a Zero Waste event, can be found at WildRiceFestival.org or by calling the Harriet Alexander Nature Center at (651) 765-HANC (4262).