Mark your calendars for Esko Fun Days 2021! We are excited to be planning an event in order to have something to look forward to this summer. It feels like we have done nothing but cancel activities and events for the past year, so we are planning Esko Fun Days to be bigger and better.

Here is our tentative schedule of events:

Tuesday, Aug. 3

  • National Night Out at Northridge Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 4

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  • Open house at North Country RIDE.

Thursday, Aug. 5

  • Bingo and ice cream social at Northridge Park, sponsored by St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

Saturday, Aug. 7

  • Kristin Burkholder 5K;
  • Parade;
  • Grass volleyball tournament — age 16 and over; co-ed teams of six; cash prizes ($60 for recreational, $100 for intermediate);
  • Games in Northridge Park (Wet Zone — Be prepared to get wet);
  • Barbecue at Northridge Park;
  • Food trucks at high school parking lot;
  • Street dance (age 21 and over) at Esko Fire Department parking lot with The Northwoods Band;
  • History Mystery Medallion Hunt with cash prizes — ongoing.

Contact Esko Community Education for more information at 218-879-4038. Follow us on Facebook to get updates about our programs.

Thank you to Thomson Township for its generous donation of $2,000 to help fund Esko Fun Days. The entire event costs about $5,000. We have requested donations from area businesses to keep all the fun low-cost for the community.

If you would like to donate to the event, send checks made payable to Esko Community Education, P.O. Box 10, Esko, MN 55733. Please note "Esko Fun Days" in the memo line.

"Community Education Corner," published weekly in the Pine Journal, features news from Community Education programs in Carlton County.