The annual festival that brings in a variety of vendors and activities is just around the corner. The Spirit of the Lakes festival is slated for July 19-20 at Surfside Park and Beach in Mound. The weekend will be filled with favorites from the past, including and not limited to, family friendly outdoor entertainment, nightly music, food, and Arts and Crafts Festival, Business Showcase, Kid Zone, wakesurf competition, a parade, fireworks over Lake Minnetonka and more.

The annual medallion hunt, which has become a community favorite, kicked-off with it’s first clue on June 23. Two more clues have since been released. The festival is in its eighth year and the medallion hunt has become a tradition not only the residents of Mound have enjoyed, but also many other community members and those visiting the lakes.

“The first clue is a little bit generic. It gets you started and it gets more specific as the weeks go on,” Gwen Wood, Spirit of the Lakes board member, said.

The medallion is hidden somewhere in Mound. The clues, which have a historical flair to them, are released on the Spirit of the Lakes website every Saturday and Sunday morning before the festival date.

Whomever finds the medallion can either email the festival at info@spiritofthelakes.com or send them a message on Facebook. One of the eight festival board members will verify the winning entry and send out a notification on Facebook.

The winner will be honored on stage on Saturday afternoon during the festival and receive a $300 cash prize.

“We have friends join in, or it’s usually a family event that gets the kids looking. It’s a fun way to get everyone involved and to look around the city to learn a bit about Mound,” Wood said.

Those looking to get more involved in the festivities are able to sign up to be a volunteer. The festival is entirely run and planned by volunteers and Wood said they are always looking for people willing to donate their time.

The festival is partnering with MN Wakesurf once again. They will help kick-off the day on Friday with their annual Demo Day. Events on Friday will also include Tacos and Bingo, kid’s activities including face painting and crazy hair, food and drinks, craft beers and Meet your Maker Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries event.

At the annual Meet your Maker event this year, visitors will still be able to taste and talk about different Minnesota drinks as well as grab a bite to eat. Friday night entertainment include performances from Fire Dancers, Greg DJ and the return of the Uncle Chunk Band.

The Business Showcase, Arts and Crafts Festival, boat tours, square dancing, wine tasting and the grand parade will kick-off Saturday. This year the parade will return to its original starting time at 10 a.m.

Stage entertainment include the Brother Jon Band, 3soteric Mind & Body Clash II, Magic Maniac Show, live music, Rhino Band, more fire dancers and fireworks.

“[People] will find it’s really going to be packed this year with a lot of fun things for everyone to do,” Wood said.

All medallion clues and additional information can be found at https://spiritofthelakes.com

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