Annual St. Urho’s Day Celebration
St. Urho is a fictional Finnish saint who is said to have chased away the grasshoppers to save the grape crop. St. Urho’s Day is traditionally March 16th, and there are widespread celebrations across northern Minnesota, and indeed, many places with populations of Finnish descent.
Finland, Minnesota has long celebrated St. Urho’s Day (March 16th, 2019 will mark the 44th annual celebration), but in 2007 the committee who had been putting on the event for years decided to retire. For a brief time it seemed that maybe Finland, Minnesota would no longer have the saint’s celebration. However, Friends of the Finland Community decided to step in and continue the tradition. In Finland, MN, St. Urho’s Day is celebrated the Saturday closest to March 16th. There is a beauty pageant, a parade, music, facepainting, food, snow sculptures, and other community festivities.
An informative site about the history of St Urho.
St Urho’s Celebration in Finland, MN Facebook page.