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Sunday, February 12, 2012

2012, Year of the Legend in Bemidji

Bemidji, Minnesota is our town.  Home to much photographed Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues. 

photo by Jane Carlstrom 2012
This year marks the 75th birthday of the Paul statue in Bemidji, thus Mayor Dave Larson Proclaimed 2012 “The Year of the Legend”  to include much hoopla, many celebrations, and wearing of traditional black and red lumberjack plaid on Wednesdays. 

The Best of Bemidji Quarterly Magazine brought out the first issue of 2012 with a Bunyanesque cover.
photo by Best of Bemidji Quarterly Magazine

 Sooooo Bemidji.  Not only does the cover reflect the theme “Year of the Legend” it was put together using props from a number of local people and businesses.  

The mustache -- YES! from me.  I’ve been making felt mustaches for almost 3 years now.  Selling them online and locally.  What a kick to have even this small contribution to the magazine cover.

Eva Fisher owner of the Babe Softie, is president of the Bemidji Jaycees (the Bemidji Jaycees are also celebrating being 75 years this year!) Eva received babe as a presidential gift by last year's Bemidji Jaycees president.

Plaid hat and jacket from Bemidji Woolen Mills. The Batchelder family has a 92 year legacy with a long and rich tradition in keeping Minnesotans warm.

The axe was used by Bubba Schwartz (brother of Tom Schwartz, who owned Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home), as part of his Paul Bunyan costume when he spoke to elementary school students in the 70s and 80s.  Bemidji Woolen Mills lent the axe for this shoot.

Lovely lumberjack lass, Lily is a frequent model on the cover of Best of Bemidji Quarterly Magazine.

To celebrate the “Year of the Legend” and the arrival of the Best of Bemidji Quarterly Magazine in local mailboxes, Best of Bemidji Quartely Magazine is hosting a “get your mustache on” giveaway on facebook.

photo by Jane Carlstrom 2012
The Grand prize is a Deluxe felt mustache. Two runners up will receive a Basic felt mustache. This poster with mustaches are on display at Grandma’s Attic.  To enter go to The Best of Bemidji facebook page scroll down to find and share Wednesday's photo/status (from 9:05 p.m. Wed Feb 8, 2012).

For more about Bemidji's Year of the Legend:


Paul and Babe Blog hosted by The Bemidji Pioneer 


Article in The Bemidji Pioneer Newspaper 


View Paul and Babe in real time via Bemidji Chamber of Commerce Web Cams





1 comment:

  1. Fun post! I like your mustaches. I have been thinking about some Paul and Babe projects but haven't made any yet.

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