The Finland, MN Historical Society first celebrated Midsummer Days in June, with a May Pole, some music and a few vendors. About 1997 a local resident, Paul Deaner, started the free Music Festival which brought great musicians from near and far for the next few years. In 2006 the Historical Society board decided to combine the two festivals move it to August and rename it the Tori Music Festival.
In Finnish, Tori means “open marketplace” so it has grown to include local artists, merchants, and demonstrations such as blacksmithing, fiber arts, basket making, spoon carving, candle making, broom making, and many others. You can purchase items from many vendors including knives apparel, books, cards, jewelry, wooden boxes, photography, hand woven rugs, flowers and plants. The huge variety changes every year so come out and see what’s new.
As a fundraiser for the Historical Society our volunteers sell food including our famous herring burgers, beef on a bun, tacos in a bag, potato salad, hot dogs, brats, Bob’s awesome corn on the cob, homemade desserts, pop, rootbeer floats, popcorn, and more.
There is a silent auction with articles and experiences to bid on including overnight stays in local venues as well as dining and hand made goods. Or take a chance on our cash raffle consisting of $1500 in prizes.
What would a music festival be without music? With the incredible musical talent up and down the shore, you can enjoy a variety of local bands and solo musicians as you tap your toes to continuous music all day long from our music stage.
Other things going on during the day include the Finland Volunteer Fire Department demonstrating their gear and trucks and telling about their duties. The North Shore Tractor and Engine Club often displays different years of old tractors and engines. We have a guest blacksmith showing how things used to be made by hand in our fully functional blacksmith shop. Kids games such as our farmland version of a treasure hunt, minnow races, and other old timey outdoor activities- you know like we used to play before “screen time” was invented. And of course all of the buildings are open to explore including our new ever evolving museum with panel photo displays and artifacts depicting the history of the Finland, MN area.
The event is FREE and there is plenty of parking on site. Come for the day and enjoy the local atmosphere and people of Finland, MN both today and in the past. Free will donations are accepted and appreciated. Your donations go to help preserve this fine historical site for generations to come.