Monday, February 25, 2013

Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival Photos

A good time was had by all at the 2013 Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival.  This is a slideshow of just a few of the day's festivities.  If anyone has photos of festival events to share, please contact us and we will add them.  (Our email can be found at the bottom of the sidebar on the right side of this webpage.)  We would like to see and add photos from the chili feed, hot chocolate service, giddy-up cart race, sled dog rides, cider & mulled wine along with the history play, and County 20's performance.  What have I forgotten?

Some phones and tablets do not support Flash.  This is a link to the photos in this slideshow for those without Flash:  LongLakeLiving.org_Picasa Web Album_Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ready for the Hubbard Sleigh Festival

This weekend a crew packed snow into huge blocks waiting for the snow sculptors to get to work.   We can't wait to see their creations next Sunday.   So many things happening from 11am to 4pm.

Don't forget to drop by and visit the Long Lake Area Association's historical display in the community center.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Volunteers Needed for Feburary 24th

On February 24th, Hubbard, Minnesota (at the south end of the Long Lake) is hosting the "Prairie Sleigh Festival."  As a part of celebration Long Lake Area Association will have a table with a history display in the Community Center from 11am to 4pm.  In order to make this easy on everyone we need help.  We need 2 volunteers per hour - 10 people total.  That way volunteers can enjoy the festival as well as help the association.

The job is easy.  Just come to the Community Center and watch over:
  • Long Lake History Display (Early maps, the Long Lake History book, an old minutes book from the early Lake Association and other historical information.)
  • COLA wild rice for sale.
  • Governor's Fishing Opener tickets for sale
To volunteer please contact Sharon Natzel or Carolynne White.
  • Sharon:  218-732-5749 or
  • Carolynne:  218-732-9819 or
For more information on the Sleigh Festival and a list of the day's events:
Full "Hubbard Sleigh Festival" Schedule

Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Eagle's Nest Webcam from Minnesota DNR

A live streaming video from a nesting pair of bald eagles is now featured on the DNR’s website at and we have linked to it in our "Webcams" widget on the right sidebar.  It is up and running right now and as I write this I am watching one of the eagles in the snowy nest.  To learn a little more background information about this webcam, it's location, etc. click on the following link to the DNR's news release:  Minnesota DNR debuts bald eagle camera

Did you know Minnesota has more bald eagles than any other state in the lower 48 states?  Click here to learn about eagles and their comeback from being an endangered species:
MN DNR's Eagle information page

UPDATE:  There are three eggs in the nest that are expected to hatch very soon; approximately 35 days after they were laid.  They are thought to have been laid right around the new year.  The Minnesota Bound Eagle Cam is running again, too, so you'll want to keep an eye on both.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hubbard Sleigh Festival 2013

The "Hubbard Prairie Sleigh Festival" in Hubbard, MN (at south end of Long Lake) is coming up on Sunday, February 24th, and it looks like there will be something to enjoy for everyone.  LLAA will have a history display set up in the Community Center, so we hope you will stop in to see it.


11am - 4pm  Horse-drawn wagon (sleigh) rides
Sled dog rides - behind Community Center
Sweet Taste of Winter:  Hot Chocolate - Hilltop
“The Way It Was”- Memorabilia From the Good Old Days -Community Center

12pm - 3pm Chili & Corn Bread - Hubbard United Methodist Church(Free-will donation)
Bonfire - Community Center
Music by “Incredibly Real” - Community Center
Treasure Hunt (adults and children) - clues at Community Center

12pm Giddy-up Cart Race - Old Hubbard General Store


2pm SPECIAL EVENT:  Long Lake Theater Hubbard History Play

2:30pm Performance by “County 20” - Long Lake Theater

2pm - 4pm Mulled Wine & Cider - Long Lake Theater
  • Trapper Encampment on historic Hubbard Lane by the Indian Mounds - demonstrations of early life and games.
  • Snow sculptures on view - Community Center. 

(Children 12 and under FREE)
For sale at the Hilltop, Community Center, Hubbard Church, and on Main Street

Buy a Souvenir Mug for $5 with a fill of Hot Chocolate