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Cheers to Chester September 7

Please join us for “Cheers to Chester”, a party thrown by Ski Hut for Chester bowl at Bent Paddle. This event is raising money for Growing Up Chester, Chester Bowl’s fundraising campaign to expand and renovate the Thom Storm Chalet.

The event, held between 6 and 9pm on Thursday, September 7th, features live music from Ross Thorn, beverages available for purchase from Bent Paddle, food available for purchase from the Rambler, activities for kids and free popsicles from the Duluth Area Outdoor Alliance. You can also win a e-bike and more! The fundraising mechanism at this event is purchasing raffle tickets. Ski Hut has donated TONS of prizes including a strider bike, hats, hydroflasks, and the grand prize of an e-bike! The bike is a Yuma Fastrack Cargo E-bike, a $3,999 value! You can see the bike at this link. The more $10 tickets you buy, the greater your chance to win! Plus, buying tickets could give you BOGO cards and other perks at Bent Paddle. According to state law, tickets can be purchased by cash or check only. Can’t make the event? You can buy your tickets in advance from Ski Hut (Bent Paddle perks only available at the event), and you do not need to be present to win.

Ski Hut will lead a group ride from Chester Park to the event at Bent Paddle. You can register for the ride by clicking here, and you will receive more info before the ride.

Last year’s event raised just over $4,000; can we top it this year? Every dollar raised goes to the upcoming Chalet expansion and renovation! Ski Hut has also donated $30,000 to Growing Up Chester- thank you Ski Hut for your generosity!

We have a Facebook event here:

You can find out more about Growing Up Chester and donate directly at

Concert Series Volunteering

The Chester Creek Concert Series consists of ten free Tuesday night concerts at Chester Bowl. The City of Duluth is the lead agency, and Chester Bowl supports the series. 

Each week we need three volunteers to help the event happen. We meet at the stage one hour before show time for training and to get bright vests and radios. The first hour is spent helping direct cars to parking. During the 90 minute show volunteers are available to help as needed, but mostly just get to listen to the music. After the show, we spend up to 30 minutes picking up garbage and otherwise cleaning up the area.

Volunteers must be 18 or older. This is the first volunteer opportunity that could count towards your winter volunteer requirement for winter 2023/2024. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be done with your hours before the season even starts (and completed while wearing shorts)?

You can sign up to volunteer here:

Check out the concert lineup here, and volunteer on the nights your favorite bands are playing!

Chester Creek Concert Series 2023 lineup announced

This summer is the 40th year of the Chester Creek Concert Series, and we have an AMAZING lineup to celebrate this milestone. We hope you join us on Tuesdays this summer for free concerts right here in Chester Park! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and your family and friends (and maybe money for treats at the food truck). We’ll provide a diverse lineup of incredible music, a playground for the kids, and the best family friendly live music venue in town.