Lady's Slipper Celebration: Nature, History, Cultures and Arts Along the Byway
The Lady's Slipper Celebration is a festival that encompasses the time when the area’s lady’s slipper orchids usually bloom. The event celebrates the area’s natural environment-especially the beautiful, abundant showy lady’s slippers. The celebration also showcases the diverse arts of the area and the byway’s unique history and rich cultural heritage. In 2011 a one-day event was held in Blackduck, MN, and in 2012 it was expanded to a two-day event beginning Saturday, June 23rd in Blackduck and continuing on Sunday, June 24th at the Norway Beach Visitor Center, 4 miles east of Cass Lake. No festival is planned for 2013 because of road construction on the byway.
Plans for future festivals will appear on this page. In the meantime, check out the video and the images below from the last two years, and either re-experience the event or see what you missed!
LPTV Common Ground - 2011 Lady Slipper Festival in Blackduck, MN
A well-attended event at the 2011 festival was the bus tour of lady’s slipper sites and CCC Camp Rabideau. Video below.
This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Scenes from the 2012 Lady Slipper Festival Blackduck and Norway Beach Campground
2012 Festival Sponsors
- Minnesota Arts Board through the Legacy Amendment
- Palace Casino and Hotel
- Paul Bunyan Communications
- Explore Minnesota Tourism
- Blackduck Family Foods
- Anderson Fabrics
- Bar Bell Bee Ranch
- US Forest Service
- City of Blackduck
- Blackduck Chamber of Commerce
- First National Bank Bemidji
- Beltrami Electric
- Northwoods Lumber Company