Hairy Mosquito to host sixth annual knap-in

A one-of-a-kind event is entering its sixth year, and it’s right in Milaca’s backyard.
The Knap-in takes place every year at the Hairy Mosquito, about 7 miles north of Milaca on Highway 169. This year’s event, which takes place July 10-13, promises to be bigger and better than ever.
“It’s a really cool event, and we get quite a few people,” said Craig Johnson, who manages the Hairy Mosquito. “It gets bigger and bigger year after year.”
The Hairy Mosquito is owned by Dave Ziemke, who also owns the Trading Post in Princeton and another shop in Zimmerman. He came up with the idea to have flint knappers come and teach how to make things with their trade.
“He (Ziemke) started to get to know some of these guys, and they said, ‘Hey, you got a pretty cool place up there; let’s start a little weekend get together,’” Johnson said.
Since starting out as a flint-knapping event, the Knap-in has evolved to include crafters, fur trappers, wood workers, jewelry makers and knitters. Last year they added a rope maker and a flea market. This year a blacksmith plans to attend.
“It’s really unique; most of the guys come in their garb,” Johnson said. “They are dressed like cavemen, or in leather, even when it’s like 90 degrees.”
Johnson added, “You’d think these guys are outback, redneck, but they’re some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,” .
There is also a hog roast and live music on Friday night and Saturday night.
The flint knappers and many of the other participants share their trade with those willing to learn and also sell some of their work.
The event is open to the public at no cost, and Johnson said it is a can’t miss event.
“Everybody is walking around, and there is a whole lot of people,” Johnson said. “It’s just a cool event.”