Bean Hole Days takes baked beans to a new level

Sports & Leisure Jeffrey Thompson · ·

1 Beans and other ingredients, including ground bacon, molasses and dried onions, are added to a pot. 350 pounds of dried navy beans were used during this year's Bean Hole Days in Pequot Lakes, Minn. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 8-9, 2014. 
2 Kirk Larson and other members of the pit crew prepare fires for the overnight bean cooking . 
3 Steve LaBarre helps Bean Hole Days co-chairwoman Bernice Rohde rinse a molasses bottle. 
4 A "secret" recipe of beans, sugar, molasses and other ingredients are mixed in a large cast iron pot. 
5 Kirk Larson uses a paddle to stir beans in the pot named "Ole" as Jeff Walden moves a pot lid. Each pot has a Scandinavian name. 
6 One of the five large cast iron pots that have been used for years to cook beans shows its experience. 
7 Steve LaBarre removes a lid after a pot of beans has reached a boil. The five cast iron pots of beans are brought to a boil using propane burners before they are lowered into the pit to cook overnight. 
8 With a crowd looking on, a backhoe driver lowers a pot of beans into the pit. 
9 Pots of beans begin to cook over beds of wood coals. They cook overnight and are served the next day. 
10 With the pots of beans secured over beds of wood coals, the pits are covered. 
11 The bean spreader is carried to the pit. It was used to manually lower the pots of beans into the pit before a backhoe was substituted. 
12 Bean Hole Days attendees browse merchandise at a jewelry vendor in Pequot Lakes. 
13 Crowds walk along the Paul Bunyan Trail to peruse the craft vendors during Bean Hole Days. 
14 With lines forming behind them, Andrew Taggart and his three-year-old son Ari watch as a pot of beans is raised from the pit. 
15 Kim Churack is crowned Queen Bean. Each year, two event volunteers are selected as a king and queen of Bean Hole Days. 
16 With the assistance of a backhoe, a pot of beans is raised from the pit. 
17 Those waiting at the front of the bean lunch line watch with anticipation as the first pot is raised from the pit and prepared for serving. 
18 A commemorative mug is filled with beans. 
19 Diners file through the serving line. 
20 Gongmin Sheng, a seasonal employee of Breezy Point Resort, digs in to a bowl of beans. 
21 Calder Springrose, 15 months, of Plymouth, Minn. enjoys a bun and beans.