Get ready! Aitkin’s “World Famous” Fish House Parade is Black Friday (Nov. 29) in beautiful downtown Aitkin!
Thousands of visitors from all over the world attend the annual event which is in its 29th year, hosted by the Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Fish House Parade first took to the streets of Aitkin in 1991. In 1995, it was declared “World Famous” after being featured in USA Today.
FISH HOUSE RAFFLE
Aitkin volleyball players, the Aitkin Chamber of Commerce and board members are selling raffle tickets with the proceeds to benefit Aitkin Volleyball and the Aitkin Chamber. The drawing will be held at the Beanery after the parade. The prizes include: Paulbeck’s County Market Wildcraft meats bundle; gift cards from Block North Brew Pub, The Joint Tavern and Eatery, Beartooth True Value, It’s All About Aitkin, Aitkin Flowers, Adventure North, Curio North, Aitkin Liquor, The Office Shop and Betty Mae’s Boutique; Aitkin bucks are donated by Pine Insurance, DataComm and Tidholm Productions. People need not be present to win.
FISH HOUSE 5K
The sixth annual Fish House 5k Run and Walk will take place at 9 a.m. and will serve as the official kickoff to the day’s festivities.
The race starts and ends in downtown. The course runs through the streets of Aitkin and the city park. The route has been certified by USA Track & Field and the race will be professionally-timed by Karma Race Management, Brainerd.
All participants will receive a fish house 5k long sleeve t-shirt and there will be prizes for the top three male finishers and the top three female finishers. In addition, there will be door prizes, refreshments and music. Register by searching for FishHouse5k.itsyourrace.com.
People can begin the day in a healthy way and be a part of Aitkin’s holiday tradition.
JAQUES ART CENTER
The Jaques will serve donuts and cider after the Fish House parade. Performing will be the ‘YoYo Mama’s and Papa.’ The Christmas Marketplace features local and regional art and giftable items for sale, hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting Rosallini’s from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. People can take pictures and there will be “treats” for the children sponsored by Rosallini’s and Neighborhood Bank.
VINTAGE SNOWMOBILE DISPLAY
From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., one block north of the stoplights, there will be a vintage snowmobile display and warming tent sponsored by Lundberg Plumbing and Heating. Those interested in displaying their vintage snowmobile can register at www.aitkin.com or call 218-380-3636. Block North Brew Pub will provide warm food and cold beer. People can also register to win a 1987 Arctic Cat El Tigre with 1,790 miles for $10 per ticket with the funds supporting junior achievement in Aitkin County and the Aitkin SnoDrifters Snowmobile Club (drawing to be held on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Aitkin SnoDrifters vintage ride).
SIP N’ STROLL
New this year will be the sip n’ stroll from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Stroll downtown Aitkin businesses while sipping tasty beverages. Watch the Age for more details.
The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the fairgrounds and will end near the Post Office. The Aitkin Wrestling team will be the grand marshal. Returning this year will be Santa’s elves delivering “great [ping pong] balls of holiday savings,” immediately following the parade.
There is still time to enter your fish house-themed float or help sponsor the event! Contact the Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce at 218-927-2316 for more information.
CHILI COOK-OFF AND FUNDRAISER
Right after the parade, Good Friends and Company Clubhouse will be hosting the first annual chili cook-off and fundraiser at the Aitkin Moose Lodge. Chili will be available from 2-4 p.m. or until gone. There will be awards for judge’s choice and popular vote at 3:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to Good Friends and Company Clubhouse which is a division of Northland Counseling and the Kiesler Wellness Center offering a safe atmosphere for persons with mental illness, friends and famility members in Aitkin and surrounding communities.
EVEN MORE FUN
The Rialto Theatre will be showing a movie matinee. The Landing, located at 145 Southgate Dr., Aitkin will once again be offering free soup after the parade.