Small and Mighty

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When you consider the fact that our town has a population of just around 2,400, the fact that our summers are filled with events the caliber of what you might find in a larger town speaks to the hard-working nature of St. Maries.

It makes what we do pack even more of a punch.

Nearly every weekend offers some sort of family-friendly activity, and nearly every activity is put together by volunteers. Even better – nearly every event offers something different from the one before. This is significant not just for the local residents but also for people exploring from out of town.

Don’t believe me? Just check out our lineup this summer, which was kicked off last weekend with the Race the Joe! jet boat championships. A whopping 26 teams — one of which traveled from New Zealand — raced along the 25-mile stretch from St. Maries to Calder and back while thousands of spectators lined the banks of the St. Joe River to watch the boats speed by.

The driver and navigator of FX19 Know Idea race up the river at the 2014 Race the Joe! jet boat competition.

The driver and navigator of FX19 Know Idea race up the river at the 2014 Race the Joe! jet boat competition.

This weekend, June 7 and 8, marks the fourth annual St. Joe River Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. More than 400 runners — some coming from as far away as Georgia, North Carolina, New York and Texas — will participate in the annual event.

Two weekends after that, the third annual Rattitude Rod Rumble will cruise through downtown St. Maries, offering an eclectic take on car shows.

Later in the summer, St. Maries will put art front and center in its always-anticipated smART festival. The Benewah County Fair punctuates the summer celebrations August 14-17 when local youth get to showcase their summer projects at the Benewah Community Fairgrounds.

The Paul Bunyan Days fireworks show is funded entirely by donations and draws thousands of visitors to the city every year.

The Paul Bunyan Days fireworks show is funded entirely by donations and draws thousands of visitors to the city every year.

And our summer ends with a bang — literally — at the Paul Bunyan Days celebration over Labor Day weekend when St. Maries celebrates with a carnival, a parade, logging competitions, water events and the biggest and best fireworks display in the area.

Whether you live here, like to travel here or are hoping to, just about any weekend this summer will provide you with an experience that will make you glad you did.

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