A rack of hunting bows were just a few of the outdoor items on display at the Virginia Surplus Booth during last year’s opening night of the annual Iron Range Home Sport & Travel show held at the Miner’s Memorial Building

VIRGINIA — Have you been waiting for winter’s grip to ease up before planning your spring and summer projects?

It looks like that time is now as temperatures have begun to climb, sunshine has made a more regular appearances and the first official day of spring is Wednesday.

The four-day Iron Range Home, Sport & Travel Show — which kicks off Thursday — will no doubt help area residents get over the winter doldrums and get a jump-start on those projects.

While those attending the show can get a lot accomplished, the annual event with free admission at the Miners Memorial Arena provides plenty of entertainment, food, and things to do, as well, said show coordinator Krissy Warwas.

New this year is free mechanical bull rides for all ages, said Warwas, who believes the change-of-pace activity will bring in different visitors. “It’s not something that you see too often up in this area.’’

Other popular events and attractions are back as well.

That includes testing your skill at the DNR Laser Shot, the DNR TIP Wall of Shame and antler scoring by Minnesota Official Measurers.

The Amazing Charles Magic Show will again be wowing young and old alike with seven different scheduled shows. Those are on Friday at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and at noon on Sunday. In addition, throughout the home show, he will be making balloon animals for the kids.

Looking for something to eat? Visitors have several options.

Schweiby’s, a local vendor, will be serving up hot dogs and corn dogs, Boy Scouts will be selling porketta sandwiches, and mini donuts will be an enticing treat, as will fresh-squeezed lemonade.

And just out in front of the arena, Barb’s Fried Bread will be cooking up the popular item.

Also, out in the front parking lot, Lundgren’s will be doing a test drive promotion, said Warwas. For every test drive given, Ford will donate $20 to the Virginia and Eveleth athletics club. “It’s a pretty neat event that they are able to do.’’

In addition, the Virginia Elks will be in the main entrance taking food shelf donations for the local food shelf.


Regarding the vendors, there will be 115-120 on hand offering a variety of different wares.

Showgoers will also have the opportunity to win one of 10 $100 vendor cash giveaways throughout the show. The vendor cash can be used at the vendors through mid May.

According to, “You’ll find all of your favorite local businesses with the latest information and supplies for travel, home remodeling, home businesses, decorating, landscaping, construction and home heating. You’ll also find plenty of 2019 boats, RVs, vehicles and everything you could want for the great outdoors.’’


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