- World’s Largest Floating Loon
Year built: 1982
Height: 9 feet
Length: 21 feet
Width: 8 feet
Built by: William "Bill" Martin
- It was first floated by the "Land of the Loon Festival Committee" in 1982 (replacing a smaller, vandalized loon built in 1979). The World's Largest Floating Loon is fiberglass over a metal frame, tethered to the bottom of the lake by a long cable, far, far out in the water, spinning and bobbing merrily in the wind-whipped waves. It's 20 feet long, although you'd never know it, because at this distance it might as well be a life-size loon. The loon floats on Silver Lake, one of two lakes located in the heart of Virginia. The loon recently underwent renovation in the winter of 2010.
Land of the Loon Festival
Land of the Loon Ethnic Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates the culture and customs of the diverse people who settled in Northeastern Minnesota. The colorful traditions and flavors of the early immigrants and settlers are re-created by a melting pot of artisans, crafters, musicians, entertainers, and welcoming volunteers.
The two-day festival kicks off the third full weekend in June on Saturday morning with an eighty-unit parade down Chestnut Street and Fifth Avenue in the historic heart of Virginia. Then the activities shift north to beautiful Olcott Park where the crowds sample the delicious ethnic foods, listen to the colorful music from countries around the world, browse among the hundreds of exquisite art and craft booths, and celebrate the weekend-long family entertainment hosted by Iron Range volunteers. This event brings in thousands of visitors every year.
(Information obtained Land of The Loon Festival at www.landoftheloonfestival.com)
- Virginia, the Queen City of the Iron Range, has 16 individual properties and a commercial historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. Two picturesque lakes add to its charm.
- Olcott Park - Virginia, MN - Beautiful flowers, shade trees, picnic areas, playground and free City Band concerts in the summer make the park a favorite for everyone.
- Virginia Greenhouse - Virginia, MN -located in Olcott Park next to the Heritage Museum, the greenhouse has gorgeous displays of thousands of plants, everything from bougainvilla to lemon trees to cactus.
- Virginia's Chestnut Street Murals in memory of its residents or in honor of its existing residents.
- B'nai Abraham Museum & Cultural Center, 4th Ave. & 5th St. S, Virginia, MN.
- U. S. Hockey Hall of Fame - Eveleth, MN
- Big Stick - Eveleth, MN - World's largest hockey stick.
- Giant's Ridge Recreation Area - Biwabik, MN - Ski and golf area.
- Minnesota Discovery Center - Chisholm, MN - Fun and educational for the whole family.
- Iron Range Research Center - Chisholm, MN
- Soudan Underground Mine State Park - Soudan MN- Underground mine tours.
- Greyhound Bus Museum - Hibbing, MN
- Mesabi Trail - Paved hiking and biking trail.
- Cook, MN
- Wolf Center - Ely, MN
- Lyric Center for the Arts, Virginia, MN
- Iron Range Historical Society
- Laurentian Chamber of Commerce
- Britt Community Historical Society