PDD Quiz: Bygone Festivities

While any given perfect Duluth day is chockablock with events, there are a number of festivals, carnivals, and other shenanigans that are no longer celebrated. This quiz looks back at these festivities of yesteryear, perhaps begging the question: should we bring some of them back?

The next quiz, on this month’s headlines, will be published on Sept. 30. Please email question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Sept. 27.

#1 Duluth’s Diorama-rama shares its name with a similar event featured in which animated television series?

The last Diorama-rama took place in 2014 at Sacred Heart Music Center.

#2 The Duluth festival pictured here took place in Leif Erikson Park from 1948 until the mid-2000s.

Highlights of the event included dancing, arts, crafts, and a variety of food from around the world.

#3 In what year did Geek Prom last let its geek flag fly?

Geek Prom’s status is officially “on hiatus.”

#4 The 1927 iteration of this Duluth event included motorcycle skijoring, a baseball game on ice, five parades, and a ski jump tournament.

Read more about Winter Frolic festivities here.

#5 Lark o’ the Lake Cafe shares its name with a 1913 Duluth water carnival. The Lark of the Lake carnival derived its name from what?

The Lark of Duluth was a Benoist Model XIV hydroaeroplane. The Lark of the Lake festival was resurrected in 2013 and featured a replica of the Lark of Duluth. Read more about the original water carnival on Zenith City Online.

#6 The now-defunct Ripsaw co-sponsored this bygone Feb. 2 music event.

Undergroundhog Day was a music festival in the early 2000s that highlighted new bands.

#7 The Duluth Jaycees sponsored Portorama from 1960 until 1970. What did Portorama commemorate?

See photos from the 1965 Portorama (including a number of delightful shots of the bubble gum contest) here.

#8 What was the name of the Glensheen event that featured more than 1,000 jack-o-lanterns?

The last Spooktacular occured in 2015.

#9 Where was the last Green Man Festival in Duluth celebrated?

The Green Man Festival was an annual music event from 2002 until 2006.

#10 This crowd is attending Duluth’s 1926 Midsummer Festival, which was held in this park.

The Swedish-American Midsummer Festival was first celebrated in Lincoln Park in 1911; read more about it here.


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