Deer River Wild Rice Festival

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World's Largest Rice Festival

Contact: Larry Nixon
18 1st Ave NE
Deer River MN, 56636
Phone: 218-246-8302
Email: lanixon@paulbunyan.net

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For more than 60 years the Deer River area has celebrated the World’s Largest Wild Rice Festival. Originally, the festival was established to bring the community together to celebrate the abundance of one of the area’s natural staples, wild rice. Though wild rice still grows abundantly in some of the area lakes and rivers, the advent of “paddy rice” which is grown commercially and harvested mechanically, has made the once regional product a national available commodity.


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