The Common Loon is Minnesota’s state bird. It shouldn’t surprise visitors to see one or more of these striking water birds on any of the beautiful lakes we have here. What might be surprising is how easy it is to spot Ginny, the world’s biggest loon. This 21’ floating loon resides in the middle of Silver Lake in Virginia. She was built in 1982 by the “Land of the Loon” festival committee and local artist William Martin.
Each year, the Land of the Loon Festival celebrates ethnic arts, crafts, culture, and customs of those who have settled in Northeastern Minnesota. It is a two-day festival in June that hosts a parade through the historic part of Virginia. You can experience authentic foods, music, and entertainment in the park that allows you to experience the culture of countries from around the world.
As you travel through Virginia in the warmer months, keep an eye out for Ginny. When the weather turns cold, she will be pulled ashore for storage and safekeeping.
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This festival is held on the third weekend of June but you will find Ginny floating in the waves all summer long.