Bean Hole Days Defined by Beans, Elvis, and a Sense of Community – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal


PEQUOT LAKES – The 84th Annual Bean Hole Days on Wednesday, July 13 was another success, bringing current and former locals and outsiders to Pequot Lakes Trailside Park to enjoy beans, craft stalls, games and Chris Olson as Elvis.

While there were inflatables, Water Wars, a craft fair, and food vendors filling the park early in the morning, Bean Hole Days don’t really begin until the Bean King and Queen are crowned.

“It is with great reluctance that I give up my staff and crown and now I am just a ‘has bean,'” said Eric Klang, Pequot Lakes Police Chief and 2021 King Bean.

Beans cannot be served without the approval of the Bean King and Queen, with the help of Miss Pequot Lakes royalty. From left on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes, King Bean Tim Leagjeld and Queen Bean Tammy Bargy give a thumbs up, royalty escorts Lacey Borders, Miss Pequot Lakes Princess Annika Schlagel, escort Isabell Arnold and Grace Flategraff , Miss Pequot Lakes Princess Brea Eckes and Miss Pequot Lakes Quinn Trottier.

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Klang and 2021 Queen Bean Kim Ziesemer crowned Tim Leagjeld and Tammy Bargy as the new King and Queen Bean.

Leagjeld is a Pequot Lakes Reservation Police Constable and has been involved in Brainerd Lakes Area Theater for many years. Bargy is a longtime Bean Hole Days volunteer and works for Hunt Utilities Group and Happy Dancing Turtle in Pine River.

“What I love about (Bean Hole Days) is that I see people I probably haven’t seen in a while,” Bargy said. “Given that I grew up in the area, it is also very pleasant. There are others who come home for the events.

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Water Wars was a popular attraction when the scorching sun peeked out from behind the clouds.

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Dave Miskowiec, Maplewood, grew up in the area and remembers attending Bean Hole Days when he was younger, though he says the event has grown a lot since then.

“We brought the kids here last night to see the potty funeral because when are you going to have that opportunity again?” said Miskowiec. “I don’t know of any other place that does this.”

His wife, Lynn, had never attended Bean Hole Days.

“I love it,” she said. “I also grew up in small towns. It’s just one of those intimate things in a small town where even if you’re not from here, you feel welcome and part of it.”

Jean Ford, who was attending her 42nd Bean Hole Days, agreed with Lynn’s sentiment.

” I like people. I love events,” Ford said. “It’s just a nice little town.”

Echo Journal intern Megan Buffington can be reached at 218-855-5854 or [email protected] She graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 2021 and attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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