Its no wonder that in Spain, small populations take advantage of the festival to generate commercial and recreational activities. They turn a public space into a meeting place, and that is exactly what I felt last fall when we were at the Duluth Festival. There were many area businesses, from multinationals to family businesses, that would display their work, handing out leaflets and some even giving samples.
There were also artisan groups who shared their works and used the place to demonstrate in front of the council facilities. The center of Duluth spreads out onto a few streets, but the institutional buildings are easy to spot and people value the parks and surrounding activities. We went out of curiosity, but in the end my son enjoyed the mechanical attractions which were set up in the area. We got to spend a couple of hours of very nice family time, getting to know the place, its customs and people. These meetings make you more closer to the place you visit and better understand their environment, even at a popular market.
The Beargrease Dog Sled Race: A sled dog marathon in early February/late January that typically starts in Duluth, MN and goes all the way to the northern border of the state is named after John Beargrease. John Beargrease was a trapper who used to haul up to 700 lbs of mail up from Duluth to Grand Marais and surrounding areas. The sled dog race plays very nice tribute to that history- requiring each racer to carry along a mail bag with them and to submit it to the race officials at the end of the run.
Like any sled dog race, snow is a vital part of making the run, so in past years they have had to cancel the race on account of too little snow. In 2015 the race began in Two Harbors rather than Duluth because there wasn't enough snow that far south. If you're planning on going to watch the race and cheer on the teams then make sure to check out the website for updates. They have a very nice live GPS feature so you can see where every racer is at the moment.