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Looking forward to the 2018 Sugarbeet Festival? Let's also take a lookbackward

 

September 5, 2018

Ken Martin and his mother-in-law Helen Stephens, ride Ken's "lighted" float (the Festival theme that year was the Electrical Industry) during the 2015 Sugarbeet Festival's parade. The parade is a Saturday afternoon highlight of the Festival and can be viewed again this year downtown along Indiana Street in Chinook.

This year's Sugarbeet Festival, set for Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, will be the thirteenth edition of Chinook's celebration of the humble sugarbeet. The first festival was held in 2005. In the Festival's more than a decade-long history the event has gone through a few variations, but it still centers around the sugarbeet and the role of the sugary plant in the Milk River Valley.

A brief history of the sugarbeet in Blaine County

For readers not up to speed on the history of the sugarbeet in the area, interest in raising the sweet beet began in the early 1900's. For a variety of r...



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