Palisade Mountain Men enjoying their open house.

The first weekend in February always means a celebration of all that is winter in Palisade. This tiny community north of Aitkin draws a crowd because of this once-a-year lighthearted celebration of winter. Cold and snow have no effect on the warmth generated by folks turning out to just have fun, greet each other, and thumb their noses at old man winter.

A few of the events you can expect on Feb. 1 are:

The Rustic Trail tavern on main street is kicking off the day with a craft and vendor show from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Throughout the day, there will be a medallion hunt. At noon there will be a parade down the main street in Palisade. A highlight is the chance to see the Palisade Mountain Men decked out in their buckskins and traditional finery.

The Mountain Men are celebrating 50 years this year and will open their fort on Nature Ave. north of Palisade to visitors from 2-5 p.m. This is a once-a-year opportunity to visit the fort.

Kody Gerard will provide music from 7-11 p.m. at the Rustic Trail; there will also be raffles and sober cab rides. Attendees can warm  up at the community bonfire next to the water tower.

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