Many communities in the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world hold festivals and parades in honor of Saint Urho’s Day. Some of the better known are in Finland, MN; Finlayson, MN; Menagha, MN; Thunder Bay, ON; Butte, MT; Hood River, OR. There is another web site that catalogs St. Urho’s Day activities each year, StUrhosDay.com, so we have decided to let them handle the annual list.
The legend of St. Urho originated in Northern Minnesota in the 1950s. However, there are differing opinions as to whether it began with the fables created by Sulo Havumaki of Bemidji, or the tongue-in-cheek tales told by Richard Mattson of Virginia. Either way, the legend has grown among North Americans of Finnish descent to the point where St. Urho is known and celebrated across the United States and Canada, and even in Finland…….. Read More http://www.sainturho.com/
St. Urho is said to have chased the grasshoppers out of Finland, thus saving the grape crop