Rollin' on the river

Aitkin, Minn.

Make a splash at Riverboat Heritage Days, July 16-19. Participate in the great Riverboat Race by building your own vessel. Landlubbers can jump into an inflatable play structure, listen to music or enjoy a cool beverage in the beer garden. Other activities surrounding the event include a kids' tractor pull, art contest and garage sale. (1-218-927-2316;

Homespun fun

Morris, Minn.

Feel the warm embrace of small-town Minnesota during Prairie Pioneer Days, July 11-13. Go to bat in the softball tournament, catch a scenic view in a wagon ride or watch the Miss Midwest pageant. Other activities include a medallion hunt, car show, water games, parade and fireworks. (1-320-589-1242;

Ukraine fest

Dickinson, N.D.

The North Dakota Ukrainian Festival glorifies the arts of Europe. Presented July 18-20 by the Ukrainian Cultural Institute and the North Dakota Ukrainian Dance Association, a tour of the Maxym and Anna Logosz Homestead, religious services and song and dance performances are all part of the three-day event. (1-701-483-1486.)


South Shore by kayak

Bayfield, Wis.

This summer Wilderness Inquiry will operate three- and four-night kayaking adventures off Lake Superior's South Shore, among the sculpted rock formations and Apostle Islands. Priced at $365 and $495 respectively, the outings run about once a week until mid-September. Fees cover camping, meals, equipment use and leadership. The trips depart from Point Detour Campground near Bayfield, Wis., with round-trip van transportation from Minneapolis available for an additional $45. Sleeping bags are BYO. People of all abilities -- including those with disabilities -- are welcome. (1-800-728-0719;