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Head to Moose Lake for Agate Days

For 49 years, rock lovers have headed to Moose Lake to celebrate Agate Days, hosted by the Carlton County Gem and Mineral Club and co-sponsored by the Moose Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Clark-Olsen Agate Stampede is at 3 p.m. Saturday. Four hundred pounds of agates and $400 in quarters are added to dump trucks full of gravel and dumped down two blocks of downtown for a “wild scramble of finders keepers.”

More than 100 indoor and outdoor vendors offering minerals, fossils, jewelry and lapidary equipment will set up in a new venue, Riverside Arena, 20 Earl Ellens Drive, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Other events Saturday include the Five Sisters 5K run/walk, which starts at 9 a.m. and ends at the Fires of 1918 Museum, 900 Folz Blvd. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis pancake breakfast is 7:30-11 a.m. at City Park and an agate and rock identification presentation is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Moose Lake Public Library.

On Sunday, there’s a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moose Lake City Park.

The Moose Lake State Park and Geological Interpretive Center will host a free open house both Saturday and Sunday.

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