Your Green Life: Mines & Pines Revisited turns to Eco-friendly event

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HIBBING, MN– It’s something that was good but was lost. Hibbing’s biggest art festival, Mines & Pines was the art event of the summer for decades before it ended.

Now, about 12 years later, a new breath of life for the event, and this time around keeping the environment in mind.

The idea to revitalize Hibbing’s most-known art festival happened simply by touring out-of-town events.

“Oh my god, there just so much money and so many things happening for the town, It’s time to bring the Mines and Pines back to Hibbing,” says Cynthia KafutHagen, Chair of Mines & Pines Revisited Committee.

After being put on hold for more than a decade, the festival will once again set up shop where it first planted its roots. KafutHagen says, “I wanted it back in Bennett Park because this is where it started originally. It started in the late ’70s.”

Original art and music being the center focus of the two-day event. “We have glass blowing, we have pottery, we have jewelry people.”

But another focus is coming to light as the festival revamps. “Getting this art festival to be something that is sustainable, as far as the garbage,” stresses KafutHagen.

As the festival kick-starts over coming years, committee members are working to make sure they produce as little waste as possible, all while educating the community on the importance of recycling and reusing.

KafutHagen says, “We will be selling water bottles with Mines and Pines on it and something you could keep and not be throwing things out. The single-use plastics, you know we are opposed to that kind of stuff.”

The heart of the event also paying tribute to Hibbing’s most famous son. “We wanted to do revisited in honor of Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited. So it was just kind of a little thank you to Bob.”

Organizers hoping the draw of the event keeps the community coming back for years to come.  KafutHagen says, “I think that this art festival is going to wind up being something that people want to see Bob Dylan’s hometown and see a great art festival and original music, just like Bob.”

The festival is still looking for more art vendors.  If you’re interested in signing up or for more information on the event, click here.

The event is Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21.

Jessie Slater

Jessie Slater

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